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Shazam is an application for Android and Apple smartphones  which recognizes sound as information, instead of written language as a sense in other search engines.

Do you want to know how Shazam works?

Shazam is a knowledge creation tool that you can use right on the spot to recognize and find the soundwork that is rising curiosity for your ears, from databases in the World Wild Web. It has the power of  providing you all the information related to the song you are looking for. In this case algorithm mechanism’s ideology is to recognize commercial soundtracks that could be later link the user to Amazon or other commercial music database were the user of this app could express its Western “consumer humanism”.  Normally, nowadays one would go moaning “Oh, but it does not recognize this authentic underground artist or when I sing myself!”.  And you could not use it in your country residence or when travelling in Amazon or Africa as the application is Internet driven and would not recognize the local ritual music or the the analog sound of rainforest music. So, yes, it has got some physical limitations, you can only use it if you have Internet connection and it only recognizes digitally mediated sound.

What if the application had the option to record the sound offline in order to solve at least part of the physical limitation? Or what if the App would suggest similar songs when it doesn’t recognize the song you really want?

But in future, what if this “coding recognition mechanisms” could be used for other purposes, for example, sneaky detective work or collective surveillance??


Shazam  official website

How Shazam works

Post by:  Clàudia Aragon, Carlos Bernal,  Zane Kanepeja,  Maëlle Maillot.