Sing like Freddie Mercury it’s a task for a few, but if you think you can face this challenge, here’s the opportunity: in partnership with the band Queen and record companies, Google created the FreddieMeter, a tool that compares his voice with that of the singer using artificial intelligence.
To participate in the game, all you need to do is access the FreddieMeter website, click on “Let’s do it” and choose one of the four available hits: Don’t Stop Me Now, We Are The Champions, Somebody To Love and, of course, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Then, just give permission to the site to access the microphone of your computer or cell phone and release your voice. You can also allow the camera to be activated.
The operation resembles a karaoke. The music starts to play – it is recommended to use headphones to avoid interference with the audio capture – and the lyrics appear on the screen indicating when it should be sung. If something doesn’t please you, you can start the music over.
Finally, FreedieMeter analyzes your performance and indicates, as a percentage, how well you did compared to Freddie Mercury’s voice. The analysis takes into account parameters such as tone, timbre and melody.
FreedieMeter was developed by Google Creative Lab and Google Research, who explain that the project is based on new machine learning models that have been trained with Freddie Mercury’s isolated vocals and voice samples from people trying to sing like him.
According to Google, no data from users who experience FreedieMeter is collected. One of the objectives of the project is to encourage donations to the Mercury Phoenix Trust, an organization that promotes AIDS initiatives around the world.