Archive for October, 2011

Songle: MIR Crowd Sourcing

October 30th, 2011 No comments

Songle is the new impressive application by Masataka Goto that presented this past weekend in ISMIR 2011. There has been a lot of buzz about crowd sourcing for Music Information Retrieval (MIR) lately.

What Goto has published is a tool to display automatically extracted chords, segments, pitch, onsets, beats, of any uploaded song. Not only that, but it also makes it easy to edit the annotations yourself, making this app a ultimate tool towards a crowd sourcing ground truth for MIR. Even though the catalogue of songs is still -disappointingly- small, and there are still some issues with its interface (I get an error when I try to sign up with my OpenID!), I think this application has the power to make a (small?) MIR revolution using the power of crowd sourcing in the shortcoming future.

In this picture we can see the extracted vocal melody (red lines), chords, parts of the song (blue and orange tracks), onsets and beats (triangles on the bottom), … I’m simply amazed right now. What a great piece of software!

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Benighted Cover

October 22nd, 2011 No comments

I’ve been playing this one for a long time. It’s one of my favorite Opeth songs. I finally recorded it with a (relatively) decent equipment at Jarl’em All Studios, and when Eyal Amir, from ProjectRnL, listened to it, he proposed me to do a video of this cover.

And it’s the best solo video I’ve ever had. And here it is. And I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it:

Thanks Eyal for doing this!

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October 21st, 2011 3 comments

Some people keep asking me why I still believe that Iceland is the most beautiful place on Earth. In the next video you can find hundreds (if not thousands) of reasons:

Midnight Sun | Iceland from SCIENTIFANTASTIC on Vimeo.

So much beauty. So inspiring.

Gràcies Tam.

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Spain’s Secret Conflict

October 9th, 2011 4 comments

By living in the US I get to talk quite a bit about what Catalonia is within Spain with a lot of american people. And it always turns out to be a a very interesting conversation (at least for me!). Most of them don’t know what Catalonia or the Catalan language is, but when I tell them that some catalans would like Catalonia to become an independent state within the EU they usually react with surprise and skepticism. As if something like this could never happen to Spain, a country seen by many americans as united and indivisible.

Here it is a very interesting 40-min documentary by Gary Gibson about what is going on in Catalonia and in the rest of Spain right now. I think it tried to be as objective as possible, even though it’s highly biased towards the catalans. It is important to keep in mind that not all catalans want the independence, and not all spaniards hate catalonia. Apart from that, it is really interesting watching very influential spanish people (from both sides) talking about the subject.

Maybe it only matters to me on this side of the world, but I really found it interesting and worth watching. I wish everyone I have talked to about this in america could watch this video.

SPAIN’S SECRET CONFLICT from Endboard on Vimeo.

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Eyal Amir at MARL

October 8th, 2011 1 comment

Yesterday at MARL (Music and Audio Research Laboratory at NYU) we had the pleasure to have a talk by Eyal Amir, the musician, composer, and producer behind ProjectRnL.

He talked about how he “decomposes” a simple song from a musical style that he might not be familiar with and then he brings it to his own world, a world full of impossible rhythms, jazzy chords, and without any tempo / harmony restrictions.

He focused on his extraordinary cover of Slim Shady (by Eminem), and he showed us his original mix, and how he deals with the new rhythms, based on Eminem’s lead vocals line. It was so great to have Eyal in the department, people were fascinated with his job.

Thanks for coming Eyal, we had a great time!

In my office!

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New Song: Haunter

October 4th, 2011 No comments

I have been featured in the new album by The Cloud Runner, a band from the UK with the great Andy Feehan as its leader and composer.

My voice is on the 9th track of the album, a song called Haunter. The lyrics are about the epic A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I was reading the second book of this amazing saga when I wrote the lyrics.

Here you have the song:

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The voices were recorded at Jarl’em All Studios, where the rest of the music was recorded, mixed and mastered by Andy Feehan somewhere in the UK.

You can get the album here.

Alright! Thanks Andy for putting this altogether!

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