Recombinant is a music data and media technology lab. Over the last decade, we've taught computers to write music, put the fan in the band, and discovered our data might drive smarter advertising.

We are a team of experts and engineers, dedicated to finding new ways of applying music data to create new experiences for music fans, and new revenue for artists and rights holders.

We Put the Fan in the Band through virtual talent applications, enabling anyone to play any instrument on any song, expertly and improvisationally, by touchscreen or motion control.

We’re also developing solutions for repurposing music data as visual input, making images and ads contextually responsive to music.

Recombinant holds revenue share and other agreements with major rights holders including Universal Music Group, Universal Music Publishing, and Peermusic, as well as a range of noteworthy independent artists.


  • Dave Park, CEO, Digital Music Technologist, Former manager Grammy winner Deftones
  • Jason Asbahr, Advising CTO, Game Designer, Mobile AR/VR expert, ex-Electronic Arts
  • Jesse Chappell, Lead Engineer - Architecture, Two top-ten music apps, iOS/Android
  • Dr. John Seales, Lead Engineer - Analysis, Doctorate in Algorithmic Composition (UCSC)

Founders : Dave Park, Keith Muscutt, Professor Emeritus David Cope (UC Santa Cruz)

Investors : SF MusicTech Fund (Brian Zisk), Ty Roberts (UMG / Gracenote), Rick Young (State Street), Peermusic, Wonderful Union

Advisors : Jim Griffin (UN, Geffen, WMG), Andrew Essex (Droga 5, Tribeca), David L. Smith (IAB, Mediasmith), Lance Williams (Dreamworks, Disney)

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Recombinant was founded in 2005, with a dream of solving big problems, and making the music world a better place for artists and fans alike.

We believe in missionaries over mercenaries, and high standards in corporate citizenship. 

We aspire to be an employee, artist, and rights holder owned company, with profit-sharing to employees, dividends for investors, and high standards of stewardship to artists and rights holders.

We believe in the value of building a magnet for creative experts and top remote engineers. Growing data says distributed teams are healthier and happier, in addition to the cost efficiency and lower environmental impact. 

We go where the data leads us.

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