An AI playlist for Backed’s Slush afterparty

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Slush is probably our favourite tech conference — 20,000 people cram into freezing Helsinki to meet interesting people, hear some fascinating speakers, try out the saunas and go to some great parties. And this year, one of those parties is being hosted by the fantastic Backed.vc, one of our backers.

They’ve decided to do something different with the music they play. One of the sets will come from Boiler Room, an awesome startup they invest in who stream live music. And another has been created by our AI.

We’re massively excited to be providing this set, partly because it’s a chance to demo some of the new music we’ve been working hard on behind the scenes that’s not live on our site yet. If you’re not lucky enough to be at the party, check out the whole thing on Soundcloud below.

Welcoming Rob

We were delighted to welcome a new face to the Jukedeck office recently, and we thought we’d take a second to introduce its owner.

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Rob Steward

Pedigree: First-Class BSc in Computer Science from the University of Essex. Ten years experience as a full stack software engineer, with a special mention for analytics and big data.

Musical background: Beginner guitar playing, former hobbyist DJ, festivalgoer. As equally likely to be found headbanging to Muse in concert as daydreaming on the commute listening to Boards of Canada.

Vinyl of choice: Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland

Deep Learning Summit 2017

We had a great time presenting our work at the Deep Learning Summit in London last week. It was a really interesting mix of academics and tech companies, and a nice opportunity for us to show people some of the work we’ve been doing in AI composition.

If you’re interested in deep learning, we massively recommend that you try to make it to one of the future Deep Learning Summits, which RE•WORK run globally – check out www.re-work.co/events/ for more info.

Welcoming some new people to the team

It’s always fun introducing new members of the Jukedeck team. We’ve had four people join us recently – read on to find out a bit about who they are.

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Richard Cadman

Pedigree: Former operational consultant at Newton Europe, delivering efficiency improvements within major UK retailer. Jack of all trades. First class with distinction MEng in Manufacturing Engineering from Cambridge University.

Musical background: Self-taught guitarist, failed jazz pianist, student DJ. Once accidentally DJed a Japanese-themed event at the Cambridge Union using latino lounge music only.

Vinyl of choice: John Mayer – Room For Squares

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Eamon Hyland

Pedigree: BA in Computer Science from the University of Tasmania. Worked as a lead full-stack developer for a Melbourne based digital agency as well as freelancing in London. Thoroughly enjoys investigating new technologies in his spare time whilst building and maintaining personal projects.

Musical Background: A regular patron of Melbourne’s live music seen, enjoys as much live Rock, Post Punk and Folk music as possible. Hobbyist drummer.

Vinyl of Choice: The Dirty Three – Ocean Songs

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Ben Hayes

Pedigree: Starred First in Electronic Music from Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Jazz Bass at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Royal Academy of Music.

Musical Background: Writes original electronic music. Composes and produces for artists from major label pop acts to underground jazz and electronica. Touring bassist and keyboard player.

Vinyl of Choice: Alice Coltrane – Journey in Satchidananda

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Max Cleary

Pedigree: Spent 4 years in business development at various tech and AI startups, with another 3 years full-time musician. Also (questionably) founded a massage business. Studied Physics and Philosophy at Bristol University.

Musical background: Plays piano, guitar and cello, with 7 years as the keyboard/synth player, backing vocalist and producer for a Top 40 dance music band signed to Sony. Now writes and produces songs for bands and for brands.

Vinyl of Choice: Bonobo – Black Sands

A year on from winning TechCrunch Disrupt

A year ago, we won TechCrunch Disrupt in London, launching our site — a site that lets video creators make unique music for their videos using AI — on stage.

Lots has happened since then. Here are some highlights:

  • People have made nearly 1 million tracks on our site (which makes Jukedeck MAKE one of the largest libraries of music in the world)
  • Tens of thousands of YouTube videos have used our music, from cat videos to massive YouTube stars
  • Brands like Coca Cola have used Jukedeck for their music
  • We won a Cannes Innovation Lion
  • We’ve stepped up our R&D efforts, recently announcing that we’ve created the first song composed and produced entirely by neural networks

It’s great to be back on stage at Disrupt. To mark the occasion, we made a video that pays tribute to tech pioneers everywhere. Enjoy!

Meet the Jukedeck team Marco Selvi

Originally fCopy of Marco_327A0971rom Milan, Italy, Marco moved to the UK to study Physics at Cambridge University. He then completed his MPhil in Scientific Computing before joining Jukedeck.

He’s worked in our composition team for over a year now, applying cutting-edge A.I. techniques to music. Marco also has a keen interest in the hardware side of computing and can regularly be found building servers with his bare hands!

Amongst the team, Marco is known as a bastion of both Italian and English culture and regularly heads off to orchestra rehearsals after work. Read more about Marco below.

Role at Jukedeck: Software Engineer in Music Composition

Background: MPhil in Scientific Computing and MSci in Physics from Cambridge University. Previously studied Violin at the Conservatory of Pavia. He started playing in orchestras as a child and has performed ever since in Italy, Cambridge, and now London.

Obsession with music began when: At 5, he was given the choice of playing piano or violin, and chose the latter because you can serenade people with it (you can take the man out of Italy and all that…)

Instruments: Violin, Viola, 5-string violin, piano

Vinyl of choice: Rodrigo y Gabriela – Rodrigo y Gabriela

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Marco building a new server, which we named “Ada” after Ada Lovelacewho predicted in 1843 that one day a computer program would be able to write music.

Music for short films

A couple of beautiful short films have caught our eye of late, both of which make use of our music .

In ICON – Irene of Thessaloniki, Finnish filmmaker Joonas Nieminen combines immersive camerawork with a cinematic soundtrack to tell the story of how a religious icon is made. Stunning.

 

And in The Lane of Time, Belarusian Antos Spiasivyh uses stop-motion to depict a lane ‘which becomes a witness of civilization with final understanding of historic recurrence’.


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You can now set the climax point 💥

We’re thrilled to announce that you can now set the climax point of every track of music you create on Jukedeck. 🎉

This means you can choose the exact moment your track peaks in intensity, giving you music that’s perfectly synced to your video. Check out this example (where we’ve set the climax at the point the couple hit the water), or simply login to Jukedeck and create a track to give it a try!


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The Jukedeck Watchlist #3

As summer hots up and school ends for another year, we wanted to share with you a selection of delicious recipes from Jukedeck creators that keep cooking simple but scrumptious.

Whether you’re looking for tasty, quick and healthy food, an ingenious way to turn simple cereal into a summer bake, or inspiration for getting your kids involved in their nutrition, the main ingredient in these videos is creativity! Yum.


Will and his daughter Kyler prepare tender salmon with a fresh herby sauce, and encourage everyone to cook creatively with their loved ones.


Katie Reed of amotherthing.com turns a breakfast cereal and lemon cake mix into lemon crunch bars.


For a quick summer tabbouleh packed full of flavour check out Josselin in the Kitchen‘s Taboulé Libanais (French-language recipe)


NotQuiteNigella makes fries by baking slices of avocado with cheese, breadcrumbs and spices. We think this irresistible appetizer is worthy of Nigella herself!


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A Cannes Lion 🦁

A few hours ago we received a wonderful phone call. The judges at the Cannes Lions Festival – The International Festival of Creativity – were on the line to say that they have awarded us an Innovation Lion for our artificially intelligent music composer.

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It’s a massive honour to win, particularly given the quality of the field, and fantastic recognition of the team’s work over the past months. We’re only sad that we can’t be in Cannes this evening, as we hear they throw a good party. 🛳 🎉