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


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.

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.


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


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


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


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

Introducing our new site

Today is a massive day for our awesome team at Jukedeck — after months of really hard work on some really tough problems, we’re opening up our site into public beta. And we’d love it if you gave it a try. 🎉

What’s Jukedeck?

If you’ve ever uploaded a video to YouTube, you’ll know how hard it is to find music you can use. The songs you’ve bought on iTunes are off limits due to copyright restrictions, and stock audio libraries are hard to navigate and expensive, with tracks that are the wrong length for your videos and a few decent tracks that you end up hearing everywhere. There’s no way of easily finding original, affordable music for your videos.

With Jukedeck, we want to solve this problem — by letting you create your own unique, royalty-free music at the touch of a button.


How does it work?

We’ve tried to make the process of sourcing music as easy and intuitive as possible; so you can create an original piece of music in a few clicks without knowing anything about music.

Like most stock audio sites, you can use keywords to specify the kind of music you want. Unlike most stock audio sites, you can choose exactly how long you want your track to be, and even set the instruments that are used and the exact beats per minute if you want a bit more control.

The reason you can do this is that we’re not just going and fetching you a track from a library — we’re composing a new track, just for you, on the spot. We’ve built an artificially intelligent system that can write music on its own — the tune, the chords, everything — which means the track you get is unique and has never been heard before.


We’ve been in private beta for the last few months, with some amazing video creators using our music and giving us great feedback that’s helped shape how we’ve built the product. To date, over 100 days of music has been created on the site, and videos using our music have had 16 million views — all thanks to a small handful of creators. We’re really excited that today we can open it up to everyone.

So, if you’re making a video that needs music, please do give it a go — and let us know what you think! 🙂

ps A massive shoutout to Paddy, Rob, Jonny, Pierre, Lydia, Alkis, Marco, Gabriele, and the rest of the team who aren’t on Twitter.

Composing the Pitch@Palace theme tune 👑 🎵

On Monday night we were at Pitch@Palace 4.0, the latest incarnation of the startup competition hosted by HRH The Duke of York in St. James’ Palace. As the winners of Pitch@Palace 3.0, we weren’t competing this time – but we were asked to provide a theme tune.

Now, writing a piece for the monarchy is not to be taken lightly (we see ourselves as a modern-day Handel in this regard), so we got our composing hats on. We quickly settled on using our Electronic style (it was a tech crowd, after all). But we didn’t think the melodies were up to royal standards – so we used this as inspiration to improve our machine learning algorithms and totally rework the way Electronic melodies are created by our software.

We’re really happy with the results, and the changes we made will be surfacing in our live product very soon. You can hear the results below – the official Pitch@Palace theme tune, with melody and chords composed by Jukedeck. Probably the first AI-created piece used at a royal occasion? (Bring on the National Anthem.)

Hats off to the Duke and his team for commissioning us and for inspiring us to push even harder to keep improving our product. That’s what Pitch@Palace is all about, and it’s great to see its effects playing out in the real world.

And now for something completely different

Like any good tech startup, we spend most of our time writing code. But we also make time for some pretty varied musical exploits – and we thought we’d take a moment to share a couple of them with you.

First up – Rob. When he’s not honing our production, organising our stack and keeping our site in ship shape, he finds time to lay down beats like this. Talk about livening up Friday afternoons in the office.


Pierre is our resident production guru and divides his time between finding and perfecting the sounds we use and writing some pretty nifty C++. The rest of the time? He’s arranging and producing beautiful songs like this:


On the other end of the musical spectrum, check out Gabriele – usually to be found doing crazy things with machine learning – knock the socks off this Mozart clarinet trio.


I may spend my weekdays in the Jukedeck office, but I spend my weekends messing around at the piano, coming up with mashups like this one:


And it’s the same story with the rest of the team: Jonny is a demon on the decks and has been known to turn his hand to the accordion, and Gabi plays Beethoven on the piano better than anyone we’ve ever heard. No recordings yet, but we’ll get them on camera soon.

Oh – and when Paddy’s not running the business, he’s usually to be found singing his heart out in some arena or other. See if you can spot the two of us trying to keep up with Dizzee Rascal at the Electric Proms.

Jukedeck at Abbey Road



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.