The History of Re-Compose
Starting in 2007, Re-Compose has been developing pioneering methods and technologies for digital music production and optimal music perception. Re-Compose software makes music fully adaptive, where all elements of a music composition can be recomposed or rearranged in real time through sensor or human input. This leads to the development of intelligent tools for music composers and producers that help them get new and complex musical ideas (i.e. melodies, chords and harmony, accompaniments, rhythm patterns, etc.), deliver these ideas fast, and optimize the impact of music.
Re-Compose is currently based in Vienna, Austria.
The People of Re-Compose
Dr. Stefan M. Oertl
CEO and Development
Stefan is the founder of Re-Compose. He holds a doctorate of natural sciences in psychology from the Vienna University (music psychology and cognition) and a MSc in Computer Graphics and Animation from the Vienna University of Technology.
In addition to his traditional education in classical piano and harpsichord, he completed the film scoring program at the University of Southern California's prestigious Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles. Among his media-related productions is the sound concept (sound design and ambient music design) for the documentary “Shadowing the Third Man”. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005 as one of the festival’s official selection and was awarded the overall first prize at the Festival di Palazzo Venezia Arte in 2006.
During his scientific and creative career (in ongoing associations with universities), he has been professionally analyzing the structures and mechanics of highly effective music, with a focus on commercial productions and technical applications. His key interests lie in the psychological mechanics of trance, psytrance, and techno leading to altered states of awareness and an "optimal experience", as well as the general evolution of mainstream music.
Sales and Operations
Roland is a serial entrepreneur with more than ten years of experience in Internet, tech, and music startups. During his career, he has been living and working in numerous places around the globe. His fluency in five languages and a passion for foreign cultures equip him with a deep understanding for customer needs in diversified markets.
With strong business acumen, he is the antithesis of the creative and scientific team, shaping the organization and its processes from within. He is an excellent networker with a sharp sense for product alignment and market needs, perpetually raising the bar for our venture.
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Senior Software Developer
Martin Gasser is a researcher, software engineer, musician, and media artist. He holds a BSc. in Media Informatics, an MSc. in Computer Graphics & Digital Image Processing (both from Vienna University of Technology), and he has finished the Course for Computer Music and Digital Media at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.
He gained rich experience in the fields of Intelligent Music Processing, Machine Learning, and Music Information Retrieval while working as a researcher at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence.
He also likes to build media art installations, and his artistic work focuses on questions arising from the complicated relationship between humanity and technology. He enjoys writing clean code, playing messy guitar solos, and sometimes he is confusing himself with deeply nested Max/MSP patchers.
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Collaborators of Re-Compose
Music Theory Expert
Ariane is an experienced bassist, educator, and author of the highly rated book "Music Theory for the Bass Player: A Comprehensive and Hands-on Guide to Playing with More Confidence and Freedom". She is a great asset for situations where musical performance and training is used in traditional contexts, such as stage, studio, class rooms, and universities.
As an educator, she has been giving workshops and seminars all over the US. With her recently completed book on learning music theory she comes with a wealth of knowledge on how to design such a course for optimum effect with students. Her knowledge will shape our products, starting with Liquid Notes and beyond.
Above and beyond, she also strives to facilitate empowerment and optimism through music.
Sara J. Crow
Community, Content and Social Media Marketing Expert
Sara is an expert in content, communications and community management. She's served as Editor-in-Chief or Contributing Writer for various magazines in and around music, and has always felt close to home with artists.
Since her start in magazine writing and editing she's ventured further into social media and content marketing, running campaigns with the coolest and hippest brands. She's been promoting online long before the dawn of MySpace, and is exploring new galaxies at the intersection of creativity, technology and science with us.
Machine Learning and AI Music Algorithms Expert
Stefan is an expert in AI and Deep Learning applied to automatic music generation and analysis, music production, artificial music perception, and representation learning in music.
He was chief developer and project manager for Liquid Notes, researcher at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI) Vienna, and is currently PhD Student at the Institute for Computational Perception at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz.
Film Music Composer
Gerrit studied classical composition, jazz composition, and film music at the University of Music in Vienna. As a freelance and prize-winning film and TV composer, he writes and produces for major European and American film productions, TV stations, and commercials.
He is one of the very few composers in the world who consecutively won both the prestigious ASCAP Competition and BMI Award for Aspiring Film Composers in Los Angeles. As a result, he was asked to work with Mike Post on the US hit series "Law and Order". Post, considered the most successful composer in television history, refers to Wunder as having "that special gift of writing music in a way that places him a cut above the rest in the field."
Gerrit currently resides in Los Angeles, California. After working on music for the documentary "Na Naia - Legend of the Dolphins" featuring stars such as Kate Winslet, Daryl Hannah and Megan Fox, he is currently working on different international movie trailer and TV projects.
Find out more about Gerrit on his website.
Supporters of Re-Compose
Science and Research at Re-Compose
Re-Compose's origins are in academia. We tackle the creation and experience of music from various, partly uncommon angles through work in the domains of psychology, informatics, and commercial music production. Find more information about this work on page Science and Research.