Coverage in The Times and Evening Standard

On Tuesday we released three songs that were co-written by a group of great Korean musicians and our AI (see our earlier blog post for full details). And we’ve received some nice coverage from The Times and The Evening Standard that we thought we’d take a second to share.

The Times chatted with Ed, who outlined how “AI is…about giving human musicians new tools with which to make music”, whilst The Evening Standard relayed our goal of making music creation more accessible.

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We’ll share a full report on the launch shortly!

 

 

Welcoming Fraser

On Monday a new team member stepped into the Jukedeck office, and we couldn’t be more excited to introduce him.

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Fraser Smith

Pedigree: Over 20 years’ experience as a professional producer, composer, mixer and sound designer. Has had works published by EMI, Universal, Warner and Sony, and recent projects include a No.1 hit on the iTunes Country singles chart and a top 10 album in the iTunes Singer Songwriter chart. Also a regular lecturer at the Academy of Contemporary Music.

Musical background: Multi-instrumentalist, including several years writing, touring and recording as part of Top 40 UK band Shed Seven, before moving full time into producing and mixing for a wide variety of artists.

Vinyl of choice: Keith Jarret – The Köln Concert 

Co-writing K-pop with artificial intelligence

At Jukedeck, we think Creative AI is at its most powerful when it’s used as a tool to complement human creativity. That’s why we’re thrilled to be releasing three songs today that were co-written by our AI and a group of great musicians in Korea.

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Back in 2017, Chanjae Park, the founder of Korean entertainment company Enterarts, got in touch to suggest a collaboration. His take on how and why AI should be used in music-making aligned totally with our vision at Jukedeck.

It used to be the case that music was for everyone — everyone sang or played in their villages. But then technology and professionalism came along, and suddenly music could only be played by certain people. We want music to be for all again — to ensure that everyone can make music.

— Chanjae Park

We think AI should be used to fuel creativity, and he agreed. What’s more, we realised that, by collaborating, we could showcase music co-written by musicians and AI, showing that AI can be part of the creative process.

So we started working with his team of songwriters and producers: our system produced the raw material (original tunes and chord sequences composed by AI, in MIDI and audio format), and they fashioned that raw material into K-pop songs, which have been sung by four great Korean singers and groups.

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The songs are being debuted live at Blue Square Concert Hall in Seoul today, with recordings being released digitally around the world. We’re really excited to see how people respond to them, and we hope this is an early step towards getting more people into music-making using AI as a tool to do so.

 

Jukedeck in Record of the Day

Ed had a great time being interviewed for Record of the Day earlier in December.

If you don’t subscribe, Record of the Day is a fantastic site that, as well as putting out a daily record, sends out a weekly newsletter that provides a rundown of everything going on in the music industry. Ed spoke to the great folks over there about what Jukedeck is, the musicians behind what we’re building, where AI music is headed and our mission to fuel people’s creativity.

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