We have closed an investment in Jukedeck for the University of Cambridge Enterprise Fund II.
Jukedeck provides unique, copyright-free music at the touch of a button. The product is based on a program that generates unique music algorithmically, built on three years of R&D by founder & CEO Ed Rex, who received a double-starred First in Music from Cambridge. Spun-out of the University, Jukedeck is now based on the Google Campus.
Video creators can choose a style of music and Jukedeck will write a soundtrack to the video. Producers own the rights to the soundtrack – so the video can be posted anywhere.
Games developers will be able to use Jukedeck’s API to generate unique, responsive music in games that react in minute detail to the gameplay with a couple of simple API calls.
Wired Magazine (January 2014) said: Ready for the robo-Rachmaninoff? “I’ve been trying to codify the process you go through as a composer,” says Ed Rex, founder of Jukedeck, software that writes music by itself, note by note. After each note, it makes a decision: based on what’s come before, what should come next? “That’s where probability comes in – it’s a way for the software to choose different avenues,” the 26-year-old says. “You code it in: so, it’s likely that the phrase will be this long and go to this nearby note, and more likely to move to this chord than that. If it were a case of just choosing between different numbers, the music would be random and wouldn’t sound like music.”
“With iPhones and Google Glass, you have hardware that is aware of its environment. So you can have music that is written for you directly, that can react – it can take inputs in real time,” Rex says. “It would be like everyone having a composer following them around, writing them a soundtrack.”