A new song

We love it when people use Jukedeck to create bigger and better works of art – be that a video, game or song.

Yesterday evening a tweet reached us.

We were bowled over by the inventiveness and sheer skill of Princess Rizu.

And it’s reminded us of something we often talk about. The composition and production of music is both an open and restricted practice. Almost anyone can make original music – simply by hammering on their breakfast table or humming random sounds. But much of the music that we like to listen to and use requires significant resources – education, facilities, time – to create. If we can lower this barrier – democratise composition if you will – for those who don’t have those resources, we’ll be pretty happy.

Jukedeck at Abbey Road

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Last night we found ourselves at Abbey Road for the first in a series of music tech meetups being organised by Jon Eades, who’s leading the tech drive there.

Turns out Abbey Road is more than just a studio – they’ve historically been at the forefront of innovation, and are looking to continue that tradition by getting more involved in developments in music tech and the startup world. I was there to give a talk on the history of algorithmic composition, and to speak about what we’re doing at Jukedeck.

There aren’t many places in the world with a stronger musical history than Abbey Road, so it was a great place to speak and meet a bunch of really interesting people. And yes – we got the inevitable crossing pic.

Introducing two of the team

April has brought two new faces to the Jukedeck team – both of whom radiate our love for music and programming. We thought we’d take a moment to introduce them.

 

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Pierre Chanquion

Software Engineer

Pedigree: MA with Distinction in Innovation in Practice and a First-class degree in Music Computing from Goldsmiths, University of London

Obsession with music began when: He first walked down Denmark Street

Instrument: Bass Guitar

Musical background: Session bassist for artists including Katy B, Charlene Soaraia and Lianne La Havas

Vinyl of choiceDon Blackman – Don Blackman

 

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Gabi Teodoru

Software Engineer

Pedigree: PhD (Candidate) in Machine Learning from University College London, MSc in Music Informatics and BMus in Composition from Indiana University

Obsession with music began when: He realised that Music and Maths were practically the same subject

Instruments: Piano, Organ

Musical background: Wrote an application that employs spectral analysis to aid piano tuning, including the piano of St Martin-in-the-Fields church, London

Vinyl of choiceBeethoven – Symphony No. 5