Ed Newton-Rex: Biography highlights
Ed is an entrepreneur, musician and one of the world’s leading experts and communicators in artificial intelligence and creativity. He founded Jukedeck, the first tech startup in the field of artificially intelligent music composition, which in 2019 was acquired by ByteDance, the company behind social media giant TikTok.
Full biography of Ed Newton-Rex
Having graduated from Cambridge University in 2010 with a Double-Starred First in Music, Ed learnt to code in order to start Jukedeck and built the company’s first AI technology himself, with investment from Cambridge University.
Jukedeck developed patented software that autonomously composed original music on demand, allowing non-musicians to easily create rights-cleared music in seconds. The technology was used to create more than a million pieces of music, which were used as backing music in online videos, ads, TV and radio shows, podcasts and games. Jukedeck won a number of awards, including a Cannes Innovation Lion.
Ed’s work at Jukedeck received awards and press coverage including the following:
- Articles in Mother Jones, the New York Times, the Financial Times, The Guardian and The Next Web
- Being featured as one of Wired’s Hottest European Startups
- An Innovation Lion at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity
- Winning the Startup Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt
- Winning Hottest Media/Entertainment Startup at The Europas
- Winning Startup of the Year at the British Interactive Media Association (BIMA) Awards
- A nomination in the WIRED Innovation Awards
- Featuring in City A.M.’s Leap 100
- Featuring in Marketing Week’s 100 Disruptive Brands
He is also a composer and arranger, with his music published by Boosey & Hawkes and Novello. He has composed music for various choirs, groups and festivals, including the King’s Singers, the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and the BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the Edington Festival, written the music for plays at theaters including the Southwark Playhouse and arranged music for BBC Radio 1Xtra.
Ed has been named one of Business Insider’s 30 most creative people in UK tech and is one of 20:40’s Leaders of the Future, announced at the House of Lords in September 2019. He has made a number of media appearances discussing AI and creativity, including on the BBC and has spoken on the topic at a number of conferences including TEDx, Mobile World Congress and Slush. He is an Associate at the Cambridge Judge Business School and has written for The Independent and The Spectator.
His insights and humour have made him a compelling and popular keynote speaker and panel expert. Using audio and visual aids, his speeches and talks are invaluable for anyone eager to embrace and enjoy the new creative frontiers where technology and the arts combine – all brought to life by a cutting edge exponent of AI and music.
Watch Ed in action
Ed is a very talented and inspiring speaker. He can explain complex concepts in easily understandable terms, and engages his audience. His summary of music history and technology paired with his experience in entrepreneurship was particularly impressive for our guests at the Sonophilia Spark in Frankfurt.