Here it is titanics. The song we grew up with. The song that made us humans. The song that made us wanna search for Dragon Balls instead of fucking Pokémons. Here it is for you, titans, in all it’s glory (in Japanese, Polish, or Catalan).
Guitars, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Mixing, and Everything Else: The Only Deer Alive. WHAT A TITAN, RIGHT?
Oh, titanics. The day has come I teamed up with one of the greatest (if not The Greatest) guitarist I’ve ever performed with: Alek Darson. Given the interesting times we live in, we found it appropriate to cover this magnificent classic by Pink Floyd. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did making it!
Also: more covers with Alek to come. YES. Alright!
The legend was true: Sargon (or rather, 3/4 of it) is back! Now that the EU got smaller, we decided to reunite for this silly cover of Anna Molly, by Incubus. If you look carefully, you will suddenly see some younger versions of ourselves. They’re not our children, it’s just high quality photoshop skills. Enjoy!
When The Wizard Titan Jordan Rudess saw my Anathema cover decided that he wanted to give it some GeoShred love. So we worked together to create this little piece of video that I absolutely love. I hope you enjoy it Titans!
Alright: another cover released to make the world a better place. Thank you Anathema for making my life much better since… I don’t know, probably since early 2000s (that’s roughly half the time I’ve been alive).
I love this song. So much. I tried to cover it, but of course this doesn’t compare to the original in any possible sense. Maybe in the title. And the chords (almost). Regardless, this is for Natishrimpers The Llama, who lives in that beautiful country surrounded by hobbits and muggles. Miss you guapa.
When is the last time you’ve listened to an entire music album with complete full attention? That is, when have you sat down, relaxed, put your CD/vinyl/tape/Your Favorite Streaming Service and just do nothing but enjoy The Music? Since I haven’t done this in quite a while, and I assume most people haven’t either, I’ve been considering inviting people over to listen to an LP instead of watching a movie. We could also have popcorn. And beer.
Regardless, the guys at Harmonix (Guitar Hero, Dance Central), have been also thinking about it, and they are about to release a Virtual Reality system to enhance the Music experience, such that people get more excited to experience “just music.” They call this project Music VR, and it turns out they are using some technology I developed for them a couple of years ago! They employed a few MIR researchers to write algorithms to detect beat, onset, and large-scale structure. I’m excited to have contributed to this project, and can’t wait to try it our with a pair of VR glasses.
What a year! So many travels, milestones and events. Some extremely good. Some pretty damn bad. But hey, we’re still here, making and producing noise, and listing all of these things that sum up my year so that people in the future understand how stupid and silly some humans were during the 10s.
La Bossa d’Urina goes on its fifth World Tour. This time I sing without a voice.
My grandma dies, which dramatically enlarges the range of pain I thought I could ever endure. I miss her so much.
My sister moves to Colorado to finish her undergrad at CU Boulder (vamos!).
I become a Doctor. My dissertation is here. And the video of my defense is here (thanks to Dad and Lesa to come all the way from Barcelona!).
I play with my friend, the titan, Ramón Rodriguez, from The New Raemon, in NYC (see a little video). After the show, he decides that he would produce and publish the first La Bossa d’Urina album. Woah.
I really miss my grandma.
I publish the Music Structure Analysis Framework (MSAF).
I become a consultant to Cord Worldwide for a project that will last around 3 months.
Venga Monja in NYC (titan).
Cover of Beyond the Pale, which took so long to put together (but I’m so happy with the results!).
We record an EP with my metal band Midnight Blue (listen to it here!).
I visit my sister in Colorado and I fall in love with Boulder.
It’s commencement time, and my mom comes all the way from Barcelona to New York to see me with these fancy clothes.
Natishrimp gets accepted to Oxford University (woah!).
Cover of The Eldar by Blind Guardian with the titanest Eren Başbuğ.
I switch to terminal vim because Mans comes to visit and he always inspires me (it was so great to see him, his son, and his wife). Life as a coder is even better.
We perform for the first and last time with Midnight Blue in Manhattan, you can watch the video made by Nomasdf Productions here (eternal thanks RAFANG!).
I go to Barcelona to record the first album of La Bossa d’Urina, with my dearest friend Daniel Bolsa, with my titanic friend Ramón Rodriguez as the producer, with Cydonia Records as the record label, with Lluís Cots as the sound technician, with Núria and Xavi as the fucking awesome hosts, and with so many other amazing titans who make this shit happen.
We move to Oakland because I become a Data Scientist at Pandora (woah!). It’s so hard to leave NYC, though.
Our neighbors and landlord are the best.
Natishrimp moves to Oxford for 9 months.
Working at Pandora is awesome.
So many titans get married in NYC (three weddings in less than a month). Congratulations!
ISMIR in Málaga is fantastic. We present this stuff. I am the chair of the Jam Session, which turns out to be a really fun event (at least for me!). Since I’m in Europe, I visit Natis, family, and friends (Oxford is beautiful!).
My dad buys a house in Canovelles. Congrats!
My hack of Meshuggahme wins the Best Demo Hack at the Pandora Hackathon!
Our first album of La Bossa d’Urina is released, and it comes with a mind-blowing video that was made by Nomasdf Productions (you’re the best RAFANG).
It’s been over a year since the last time I ate meat in the US. Pretty easy so far. And feeling (a tiny tiny tiny) better about the environment. Alright.
Thanksgiving in Colorado should become a tradition now that my sister has been accepted to a Master’s program in CU Boulder!
Here it is titans. Our first album with La Bossa d’Urina is finally available to buy, download, stream, urinate, etc. I still can’t believe we did this, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. Big ALRIGHT to Ramón Rodríguez, who not only believed that we could do a fucking awesome album, but he also produced it and released it with Cydonia Records. Having made this with Dani Bolsa, my best friend from elementary school, is probably the best present for my doctoral graduation I could ever had. Oh man, this life is so weird, beautiful, and a piece of shit. So happy right now!