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Vocal-AI startup Vochlea Music prepares for Kickstarter campaign

British startup Vochlea Music is raising a seed funding round of £250k ahead of launching a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for its first product.

The company has created an artificial intelligence audio engine which can recognise human vocals, and use them to control instruments. For example, a beatboxer can trigger drum samples, or a musician can create basslines by humming.

CEO George Philip Wright revealed the plans at the Abbey Road Red incubator’s demo event in London last night. The Kickstarter campaign will take pre-orders for a ‘smart MIDI microphone’ that includes Vochlea’s audio engine.

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Abbey Road Red: ‘AI will just fold in to our daily lives’

As manager of Abbey Road Studios’ incubator Abbey Road Red, it’s Jon Eades’ job to bring tech startups into the famous studio complex and help them build partnerships with musicians, producers and engineers, and the wider music industry.

Alumni include startups working on instruments (Roli); educational technology (Uberchord); 3D hardware and audio (Ossic and Titan Reality); online mastering (CloudBounce); film-scoring (Scored); vinyl crowdfunding (Qrates); and online studio bookings (The Audio Hunt).

The latest program is focusing on artificial intelligence with two British startups, AI Music (who we profiled recently) and Vochlea. Eades talked to Music Ally about why AI is interesting for a company like Abbey Road; how he sees this technology developing in the future; and some of the controversies around the area.

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Qrates, The Audio Hunt and Scored pitch at Abbey Road Red event

Abbey Road Red, the startups accelerator hosted within London’s famous Abbey Road Studios, hosted its latest pitch event last night, for the three startups in its last cohort.

Qrates, The Audio Hunt and Scored all took to the stage to pitch their services to an audience of music-industry execs and investors. Meanwhile, Abbey Road also announced the next two startups participating in its program: Vochlea and AI Music.

Here’s our report on the pitches, as well as a little more on the two new companies who’ll be spending the next six months working with Red.