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.

3D Art

3D is a hot topic. Think printing, films, and virtual reality. But one thing in particular has caught our eye – 3D art.

We had no idea what stunning creations were possible until Sándor Vámos started using Jukedeck to soundtrack videos of his work.

Grab your sketchpad, sit back and enjoy.

 

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.

We won Pitch@Palace

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I’m thrilled to announce that on Monday night we won Pitch@Palace 3.0!

The event – hosted by HRH The Duke of York –  took place at St James’s Palace, and was the culmination of a competition that saw 400 startups whittled down to a final 14. Each startup pitched for 3 minutes, knowing that if they went a second over then a royal bugler would cut them off with a blast of his horn.

Our fate lay in the hands of the audience – over 400 investors and successful entrepreneurs, ranging from Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales to the CEOs of both Google and Facebook in the UK. Their remit was to vote for the most promising business.

With startups such as Grabble (the ‘Tinder for fashion’), Skignz (augmented reality signposts), OpenDesk (affordable, custom office-furniture) and the wonderfully-named Magic Pony Technology (delivering a ‘step-change in video compression performance’), we can imagine that it was quite a challenge. But after a rousing speech from the Duke, compelling each influential member of the audience to not only vote but meaningfully help at least one startup present, the top 3 were announced. Third was OpenDesk, second was Grabble, and first – much to our surprise – was Jukedeck. It’s a huge privilege, but a big shout out must go to all the startups present – each innovating in tremendous ways.

There’s been a storm of activity since – mainly on social media – but one thing in particular has brought a buzz to the Jukedeck office. The Duke instructed each startup to make an explicit request of the audience during our respective pitches. Our request was to be put in touch with Sean Parker – an internet startup pioneer, who founded Napster and helped build both Facebook and Spotify. This was because 5 years ago, a Vanity Fair article reported that Sean is ‘always talking about the potential of computers to generate algorithms for likeable melodies…he believes it’s only a matter of time before computers will be able to create listenable tunes.’ We wanted to tell Sean that we’d done just that. 2 minutes after our pitch we received the following tweet, from none other than Jimmy Wales himself.

We’re looking forward to it.

Our day was rounded off by devouring most of the royal kitchen’s macaroon collection, sampling some fine British beverages, and getting tweeted by the Monarchy.

A huge thank you to HRH, and all the #pitchatpalace team for a phenomenal competition.

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

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!