Channel your inner Freddie Mercury with Google’s ‘FreddieMeter’
November 18, 2019
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See how well you perform.

Here’s something to keep you occupied during the winter months. To celebrate the 44th year since Queen performed Bohemian Rhapsody live for the first time, Google is introducing the FreddieMeter, a new experience that will let you know how well you sound like Freddie Mercury.

Simply visit this webpage and you will be asked to choose one of four famous songs from Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody, Don’t Stop Me Now, Somebody to Love or We Are the Champions. You will then be asked to sing it while the lyrics are on display, FreddieMeter will then use AI to calculate a percentage based on three criteria (pitch, melody, and timbre). All of these computations are done on your device and no audio will be sent to Google. “FreddieMeter is trained on and optimized for individual singers and works on desktop, Android and iPhone devices, and the audio doesn’t get uploaded to any servers to be analyzed, so all vocals stay totally private unless shared by the user,” the company said in a blog post.

To do this, Google has utilized AI and has been trained to recognize Mercury’s vocals and give out reading on how much it will sound similar to yours. It’s a simple trick, but you can definitely how AI is being utilized in a simple application like this. 

Additionally, FreddieMeter along with the #FreddieChallenge is aiming to help the Mercury Phoenix Trust, which is a charity founded by the remaining members of Queen to raise awareness for the fight against HIV/AIDS.

So what are you waiting for? Have a go at the FreddieMeter and share us your performances!

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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