Music Note Identifier May Lead To Earlier Parkinson’s Diagnosis

Music Note Identifier May Lead To Earlier Parkinson’s Diagnosis

New technology can identify the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods after 'hearing' only three notes.

Lara Piras
  • 7 june 2013

Pablo Rodriguez Zivic from the University of Buenos Aires and Favio Shifres from the University of La Plata have invented Peachnote, a machine that can identify a musical era and composer after listening to only three notes by discovering patterns across songs.

The inventors believe that this technology could also identify other patterns in speech through recorded phone interviews and may lead to an earlier diagnosis for those with Parkinson’s as the disease affects vocal chords early on. The technology can be used to identify the combination of sounds to make early diagnosis.


“We could perform this study because of the available data – the “big data” of music,” explain the team who aim to develop the project to identify other disorders that can be discovered through simple, non-invasive verbal tests.

Read the whole study here.


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