Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTDescribed is a technology by which a user hums, sings or otherwise plays a user-provided rendition of a ringtone (or ringback tone) through a mobile telephone to a ringtone search service (e.g., a WAP, interactive voice response or SMS-based search platform). The service matches features of the user's rendition against features of actual ringtones to determine one or more matching candidate ringtones for downloading. Features may include pitch contours (up or down), pitch intervals and durations of notes. Matching candidates may be ranked based on the determined similarity, possibly in conjunction with weighting criterion such as the popularity of the ringtone and/or the importance of the matched part. The candidate set may be augmented with other ringtones independent of the matching, such as the most popular ones downloaded by other users, ringtones from similar artists, and so forth.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTSystems, methods, and devices for providing interactive striking objects (e.g., drumsticks) and performing actions in response to striking motions of the striking objects are disclosed. In some embodiments, the systems and methods provide an interactive drumstick, which includes a lighting display located at a tip portion of the interactive drumstick, a motion detector contained at least partially within the drumstick, a processor and memory contained at least partially within the drumstick, and an interactive system stored within the memory of the drumstick. The interactive system includes a striking motion module that determines striking motions of the drumstick with respect to a virtual percussion instrument based on accessing information measured by the motion detector, and a display module that causes the lighting display to present a certain type of illumination based on the striking motions determined by the striking motion module.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTDisclosed are music symbol recognition apparatuses and methods that recognise music symbols from handwritten music notations. Various implementations may process handwritten music notations by segmenting the handwritten music notations into a plurality of elementary ink segments and then grouping the segments into graphical objects based on spatial relationships between the segments. One or more candidate music symbols may be determined for each graphical object, along with a symbol cost for each symbol, which represents a likelihood that the graphical object belongs to a predetermined class of symbols. The music symbol candidates may be parsed to form graphs based on grammar rules, and the graph most likely to represent the handwritten music notations may be selected for display or other use. The selection may be based on the symbol costs associated with each candidate and on spatial costs associated with the grammar rules that are applied to the candidates.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTA musical instrument is disclosed which has a first tubular member having an inlet end and an outlet end, an interior surface, and an exterior surface, a second tubular member having an inlet end and a closed end having a one-way valve, the second tubular member adapted for receiving the first tubular member for moving the first tubular member relative to the second tubular member, and the second tubular member for receiving a liquid through the one-way valve, and a stopper having an opening, the stopper for being inserted in the inlet end of the second tubular member and the opening for receiving the first tubular member there through.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTThe present invention provides a wind instrument trumpet and its manufacturing and molding methods. The wind instrument trumpet of the present invention adopts polymeric material with integrated molding process, reducing trumpet spare part quantities and optimizing spare part structure. Moreover, the wind instrument trumpet of the present invention has a lighter overall structure and purer tone quality by applying integrated molding process to the piston outer pipe of tuning component. The present invention greatly decreases the quantity of spare parts, improves assembly accuracy and efficiency, reasonably controls the accuracy of a single spare part while improving the matching accuracy considerably, ensures the movement direction of keys more effectively through the coordination with the piston outer tubes so that the keys are smoother compared to the traditional ones.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTThe improved tuning mechanisms include a novel Global Tuner arrangement to extend the spring holder to comprise a lever pivotally connected to the inertia block or transverse element to additionally share, along with the thumbwheel element, the load of the counter springs element and, thereby, improve the ease of threading the thumbwheel element. In a preferred embodiment, the customary secondary spring holder is extended to provide a shaped end to facilitate pivoting such as an angled cutaway or taper at the extended end of the secondary spring holder element to provide knife-edge portions.
Thu, 03 Nov 2016 08:00:00 EDTDisclosed is a fingerboard protector for stringed musical instruments which demonstrates a novel solution to the problem of fingerboard wear caused by the players fingers making contact with the fingerboard. This physical contact in addition to the natural acidity of the players fingers can wear down the fingerboard creating indentations as well as contaminating the fingerboard with tarnish and grime. In the case of a fretless instrument, the strings are pushed directly into the fingerboard causing wear to occur at a much faster rate. My present invention sets out to solve this problem by creating a fingerboard protector safeguarding it from undesirable wear during normal playing of the instrument. The ease of installation and removal will appeal to musicians who want to protect their instrument as well as give it a new and unique look.