Music has always been an important form of self expression. Whether we create it, collect it, or just scroll through it and simply listen, music is all around us, bringing influence and enjoyment in all its forms.
When you get down to the nitty gritty, music has a lot to do with numbers. Counting, beat, and rhythm make music pleasurable, or, in the case of my 10-year-old's piano lessons, painful. When you marry mathematics and music, you bring tech into the picture, and you bring in a world of possibilities.
Geraldo Ramos started playing the drums at an early age, and throughout the years, struggled to find music to play along with. It's an age-old problem that many musicians face when they're learning to play: how to separate the vocals, instruments, and other musical elements in order to play along and learn.
Geraldo had experienced success with multiple startups in his home country of Brazil, and after coming to the U.S., started a successful company that after just two years was acquired by Pluralsight. During that time, Geraldo had experimented with the idea to use AI to separate tracks of music, and after the acquisition, decided it was time to go for it.
Geraldo, along with cofounders Eddie Hsu and Jardson Almeida, started Moises, an AI powered platform that enables musicians an entire suite of tools to "play" with their music.
"We had 50,000 users pretty quickly, and I realized that this was something that people really enjoyed- that it's useful and worthwhile," said Geraldo. "It started as a side project, and music has always been a passion of mine, so it came together well."
Moises' technology takes existing music and uses artificial intelligence (AI) tools to separate musical elements, adjust pitch/beats/chord detection, metronome, and tempo.
"It's sort of like if you take a smoothie, and after it's made, you take the ingredients and separate them out," Geraldo explained. "AI can find specific elements in the music, just like the specific fruits in your smoothie, and separate them."
Moises has done very well in it's first few years, and has over 4 million registered users across 210 countries. Moises recently announced a seed round of $1.6 million, led by investments from Utah-based Kickstart Fund, with participation from Valutia, and Verve Capital, as well as numerous angel investors.
Geraldo says the funding will be used to further the growth of the company, focusing on marketing and strategy. So music lovers and musicians, get excited, this platform is really fun. Visit their website, moises.ai, and play around a bit.