Jukedeck at Sónar+D 2018

Jukedeck recently travelled to Barcelona to host an Innovation Challenge at Sónar+D.

Sónar+D is a congress that explores how creativity is changing our present and imagining new futures, and gathers artists, researchers and entrepreneurs in a melting pot of invention.

Its Innovation Challenge involves companies proposing a creative challenge that teams of creators from around the world respond to. Jukedeck was invited to host a musical challenge, and set the following: use the Jukedeck API to create a tool that assists human musical creativity.

A team of 5 creators (including developers, a musician and a designer) worked for 4 days alongside members of the Jukedeck team, and after considering multiple possible tools they decided to build the following: an AI assisted jam session.

This is a tool that enables collaborative musical composition. Users gather in an online ‘chat room’ that comes complete with tools to make music. Each user within a particular room can pick a part (the melody, harmony, bass or rhythm) and ask Jukedeck’s AI to compose a MIDI loop to fill that part. The user can then determine how the MIDI loop should be produced by selecting the instrument and audio effects to articulate the notes. And during all of this the user can listen to the other parts that are rendered by other users so that their part can be sensitive to the piece as a whole. Moreover, once a user finishes creating one part they can then queue up to create another part.


Our space in Sónar+D to prototype and develop the challenge


A prototype example of a chat room (this one is called ‘Piano Party’)


The Jukedeck Mentors together with the Challenge Creators

After 3 days’ solid hacking, the prototype of the challenge was successfully completed 🎉, and the team presented their work alongside that of the other teams, who had been undertaking challenges set by the likes of MTG (‘Music learning tools for people with motor disabilities’), Amplifon (‘Creative prototypes to display and raise awareness about hearing loss’) and Utopia Music (‘Transforming the music industry with blockchain-based funding). You can check out our presentation here.

To cap off the festival, Marco from our Research team took part in a WIRED panel on Music Industry Intelligence, where he discussed how Jukedeck approaches music creation using AI, alongside the likes of Pandora and Bandcamp.

All in all, the Sónar+D innovation challenge and conference embodied elements that are core to Jukedeck’s mission – using technology to fuel creativity – and we’ll be back next year for sure!

Jukedeck Mentors: Katerina Kosta, Marco Selvi, Rob Steward, Jason Storey

Challenge Creators: Roberto Carlini (Developer), Claudia Oliveira (Artist / Designer), Sergi Jacas Puig (Developer), Daniele Scarano: (Developer / Musician)

New faces

A host of new faces have joined the team in the last few months, and now light up our new office. Here’s who!

Huw Walters

Pedigree: BA in Psychology & Philosophy from Oxford University. 9 years’ experience in Product Management – having worked at Vodafone and a few startups.

Musical background: Grade 8 in both Cello and Piano.

Vinyl of choice: Simon and Garfunkel – Greatest HIts


Katya Kapelushnik

Pedigree: 10 years working across Product, Operations and Finance, and an MBA from London Business School.

Vinyl of choice: The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of Understatement


Reinier de Valk

Pedigree: PhD in Computer Science at City, University of London. MA in Musicology at the University of Utrecht.

Musical background: Studied Classical Guitar at the Brabants Conservatorium.

Vinyl of choice: Watchtower – Control and Resistance


Chloe Brown

Pedigree: 10 years working in Operations at startups in the UK and Australia.

Vinyl of choice: The XX – XX





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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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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