King's alumni develop computer-generated music

Today marks the 200th birth anniversary of Ada Lovelace, the mathematician and computing pioneer. Widely regarded as the first computer programmer, Ada predicted that a computer might one day be able to compose music. Former King’s choral scholars, Ed Rex (2007) and Patrick Stobbs (2006) have developed software that answers her prediction. Their innovative computer programme, Jukedeck, generates new music.

Photo of Rex and Stobbs
Founder of Jukedeck and King's alumnus, Ed Rex (left) with Co-Founder and fellow alumnus, Patrick Stobbs (right). Photo credit: Jukedeck.

Jukedeck works like an artificial music composer, writing note by note rather than using loops. Users control the music created and every track is unique, without copyright limitations and free from royalties.

Rex says, "We both spent 9 years at King’s, as choristers and then choral scholars - and it’s fair to say that we owe pretty much everything we know about music to the amazing musical education we received there."

Rex and Stobbs recently raised £2 million in funding, led by Cambridge Innovation Capital. On Tuesday, Jukedeck was announced the winner of TechCrunch Disrupt London 2015, after being selected to compete as one of the 15 best start-ups in Europe.

To listen to a sample of music created by their first product, Jukedeck MAKE, visit their website.

10 December 2015