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Justin Shave

Head Composer & Sonic Technologist
Uncanny Valley


Justin Shave is one of Australia’s preeminent music producers and musical directors who works simultaneously across the TV, record and advertising industries. With a string of platinum record hits to his name, Shave has helped artists and brands around the world find their sound. He has most recently produced tracks for Sia, Darren Hayes [Savage Garden] and the Potbelleez.

Part composer, part music science & technology expert, Shave studied classical piano as a child and started producing music at the age of 19. He has a degree in music, computing science | pure mathematics from the University of Sydney. Shave has performed around the world from Wembley to Moscow, consulted for music tech companies like Native Instruments [Berlin], Fairlight Instruments [Australia] and developed his own software synthesizers.

His life goal is to use AI to download and map his musical brain.

Session: Shhh AI is Listening

How do we get machines to listen to music and truly compose the way that humans do? Machine listening involves software that can use sound to locate people moving through rooms, monitor machinery for impending breakdowns, or even listen and analyse the emotion embodied in a song. Is it possible to trick the brain into believing it’s feeling music and sound in the way that the human body would respond? Or what if you can create music just by thinking it?

In this intriguing, funny and often loud presentation, music tech industry disruptors Justin Shave and Charlton Hill provide an overview of the current AI music and sound landscape and a roadmap for audio technology enhanced creativity.

Artificial intelligence will continue to impact the future of creativity industries – changing the way we work and how we connect with audiences.

Today’s tech savvy & social media-focused landscape requires good knowledge of available and future cutting edge technologies, and their impact on creative industries – from audio home assistant devices [Alexa | Google Home] to advanced VR & AR experiences and machine listening. Charlton Hill and Justin Shave have a comprehensive understanding and straddle both the older and the newer. They are innovative thinkers who use their knowledge to influence thinking and new creative approaches in more traditional markets.