Jukedeck in the wild

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Since November, a core of dedicated testers have been putting Jukedeck’s beta (a tool that writes unique, royalty-free music at the touch of a button) through its paces.

We thought we’d take a quick trip round the web to see where our music is helping out.

 

Google

The Silicon Valley behemoth is clearly taking its mission – to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful – seriously.  As well as processing 40,000 searches per second, Google publishes content of its own, including a highly successful Developers channel on YouTube. Google asked if they could use our music to accompany one of their videos, and we were only too happy to oblige.

 

Natural History Museum

London is home to some great things: the Queen, red buses, and Robbie Williams’s voice. But of this wealth of culture, only museums are free. So when the Natural History Museum enquired about Jukedeck we leapt at the opportunity to support this venerable institution. Better still, it transpired they were launching a project in which schools across the UK can collaborate on cutting-edge genetic research. #Impactful.

 

FATMAP

The London startup community is thriving. From Citymapper to YPlan to WorldRemit, our home city has truly come of technological age. We’re based at TechHub, a fantastic co-working space overlooking Silicon Roundabout, and as such have the privilege of working alongside some brilliant early-stage companies. One of these, FATMAP, is on a mission to revolutionise skiing by producing “the most detailed 3D ski maps ever made”. Here’s their teaser video, accompanied by some Jukedeck electronic beats.

 

YouTubers

300 hours of content is uploaded to YouTube every minute. This staggering quantity of content has led to YouTube being more popular than TV amongst certain segments of society. Emblematic of the prominence of YouTube has been the rise of ‘stars’ such as Zoella and Bethany Mota. We’ve unearthed a few of our own, and are big fans of both Pink Cake Princess and Hannah Jukes. We’re extremely proud that these marvellous YouTubers have both been using Jukedeck’s music in their work.

 

Musicians

Finally, we’re pleased to report that Jukedeck is not just for video. Musicians such as Jared Kinsler have begun to use our music to create bigger and better pieces. We’re delighted that Jukedeck can play a role in helping everyone compose – and our assault on 2015’s Christmas No.1 starts here.

 

If you fancy early access to Jukedeck’s music, email hello@jukedeck.com – we’d love to hear from you!

Stepping into the future at LeWeb

At the end of 2014, we were lucky enough to spend three days at LeWeb, one of the world’s leading tech conferences. Most of our time was spent at our stand, demoing our product – but we also had a chance to explore some of the other technology on show. And wandering these three vast halls in the suburbs of Paris felt like stepping into the future.

The conference had everything, from virtual reality to futuristic art installations. Here are a few of the best things we stumbled on.

The Oculus Rift

Until you’ve tried on the Rift, it’s tempting to think the gasps of amazement you see in the promo videos are the result of bad actors reading from bad scripts. But there’s no acting involved – it’s impossible to come away from your first experience with the Rift in anything other than a state of blind disbelief.

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The simulation we tried was a theme park ride that has you strapped to a seat that’s spun through 360 degrees above a small town. And it’s genuinely disconcerting. On more than one occasion I had to be grabbed to stop me from falling to the floor – it’s surprisingly hard to stay upright when your senses are screaming to you that you’re hanging upside down.

But, more than anything, you come away with the sense that this is only the beginning. Everyone’s talking about the potential of the Rift for gaming – but what about all the other applications? Imagine watching a gig at Madison Square Garden from the comfort of your living room, or seeing your favourite sports team as if you were right there in the stadium, or watching the next blockbuster with the action unfolding around you.

Seriously – the Rift is going to change everything.

3D Photos

Ok, so this is no virtual reality – but it’s pretty fun. You step into a booth, about 100 cameras go off at once, and you get a 3D photo of you sent straight to your phone. Needless frivolity? Perhaps. But who knows – it could be a good way of getting versions of the people you know into that virtual reality world the Rift is going to bring about.

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Drones

Drones are so a part of the zeitgeist that they had their own slot on the main stage – and we can see why. The speed at which these things have become (a) usable and (b) affordable is insane. We don’t have one yet, but it’s high on the list of planned purchases for the Jukedeck office.

The one thing we’d say is that they’re surprisingly loud. So if you’re making a #dronie and you need some music to drown out the noise of a thousand angry bees, you know where to head.

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