Introducing three of the team

In the past few weeks the Jukedeck office has been enlivened with the presence of three new faces. Between them they play six instruments, and their arrival injects the team with fresh doses of funk, pop and jazz experience. They’ve already made an impact on our music, and we couldn’t be more excited to have them on board.


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Kevin Webster

Software Engineer, Music Composition

Pedigree: PhD in Mathematics from Imperial College London, and over three years of postdoctoral research experience in the UK and Germany. Former department head at Tech Music School (now BIMM London).

Musical Background: Nine years in the music industry as a composer, arranger, performer and educator. Plays organ, piano and keyboards, and has a particular penchant for funk grooves.

Vinyl of Choice: John Martyn – Solid Air


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Matt McVicar

Machine Learning Researcher

Pedigree: PhD, M.Sci and M. Res in Engineering Mathematics from the University of Bristol, focusing on Machine Learning for music analysis. Spent two years in academia at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan and Columbia University in New York, the latter on a Fulbright Scholarship.

Musical Background: Registered guitar tutor, with a double grade 8 (both with distinctions) in electric and acoustic guitar. Has played in various function bands over the past ten years.

Vinyl of Choice: Steely Dan – Countdown to Ecstasy


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Eliza Legzdina

Operations

Pedigree: Previously worked as an Executive Assistant at a London financial technology startup. MA (candidate) in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths, University of London. BA in Music & Technology from University of East Anglia.

Musical Background: Operatic performance scholar at university and was also part of a contemporary jazz ensemble. Dabbles with the piano, and is a published backing vocalist and ex-choir girl. Loves (and produces) soul, RnB and hip-hop.

Vinyl of Choice: Mama’s Gun – Erykah Badu

Silent music

Amidst intense media speculation, Jukedeck today announced the release of a new genre of music: Silent.

“People have been demanding silent music for months,” says Jukedeck co-founder Patrick Stobbs. “And while distilling the essence of muteness and encoding it into a Macbook Pro was tough, we’re delighted today to be able to offer it to them.”

The company cites as its inspiration 4’33”, a piece by mid-twentieth century composer John Cage. “We’ve taken what Cage did and tried to build on it,” explains Stobbs. “If you listen carefully you’ll hear direct references to his work, which we’ve run through our machine learning algorithms to concoct what’s hopefully an incredibly personal, meaningful brand of silence.”

Jukedeck user Lynn Hodgson commented, “In the riotous cacophony of the modern world, I thought that silence was something money couldn’t buy. I was wrong.”

Head to jukedeck.com and select the ‘Contemporary’ genre to create your own silent track of music.

 

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5 minutes to 5 seconds

We’re thrilled to announce that you can now edit a track after it’s been created.

Simply create a track, then click edit (  )  to change the duration or tempo.

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You can shorten tracks, lengthen them, slow them down or speed them up – whatever you wish.

If you’ve ever made a video, you’ll know how long it takes to adjust the music whenever you need to change the length or pace of your content. Now you can do this at the touch of a button!

Summer In The City

Last week we headed to Summer In The City’s Creator Day. Being the UK’s biggest YouTube convention, it was a great chance to meet emerging talent from across the land.  

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Armed with a banner, laptop and a bucket full of Haribo we entered the world of vloggers and beauty gurus. While they may have been attracted to our stand by the gummy bears, they left with the knowledge that a new way to create music had arrived. “Where have you been all my life?” was a question we were asked more than once! And already some ace videos have appeared using music created on the site.

Apart from Jukedeck, there were a host of other fantastic businesses on show – all bent on helping YouTubers create amazing content. We packed up, excited for the future of video in the UK.

We’ve moved

Our excellent co-working space, TechHub, recently opened a new building right next to Moorgate tube station. And we couldn’t resist being one of its first inhabitants.

It comes complete with all the tech startup essentials – a roof, phenomenal community, and ping pong table – and we’re loving it so far.

If you ever fancy a coffee, or a play on our piano, get in touch!

(Re)Viewing the future

The number of gadgets and gizmos on offer has exploded in the past few years. From smartwatches to drones and even hoverboards, we forgive you if you can’t tell your GoPro from your Yi.

Luckily a community of fantastic tech reviewers has emerged on YouTube to assist. And they’re using Jukedeck to create the music for their reviews. Here are a few of our favourites.


Keen to take the ultimate #dronie this summer? Carlos Peguero (aka PremierReviewer) is here to help.


And if staying on the ground is more your thing, check out Larry Dickerson (aka Geekynerddad) and his wizened camera analysis.


Thinking of buying an iPhone? Watch Marcianophone – one of the world’s largest tech reviewers.


And if you’re more an Android person, the excellent Tomas Villegas is your man.

If you’re keen to join Carlos, Larry, Marcianophone and Tomas in taking Jukedeck for a spin, sign up for early access.