L’altre dia va ser la cerimònia de graduació de Stanford. Va venir l’ambaixadora de les Nacions Unides, Susan Rice, a donar un discurs en mig del camp de futbol americà de Stanford. Em vaig disfressar amb toga, barret i capa rosa (resulta que el color del departament de música és el rosa). Tot plegat una mescla entre American Pie i Harry Potter. Molt americà. Sí, vaig llençar el barret a l’aire quan em vaig graduar, i la gent cridava, i la gent deia ALRIGHT. Tota una experiència. Lo de les pelis no és una exageració. Aquí als EUA la gent viu com a les pelis. O, a vegades, inclús pitjor (si cap).
Aquí el vídeo de quan em donen el diploma (minut 1:15):
I aquí tota una sèrie de fotos d’aquest dia tan llarg i interessant:
PS: Sí, feia tanta calor que em vaig treure els pantalons, honrant la memòria de William Wallace.
Last week Jordan Rudess was invited to come to Stanford to give a performance with me as part of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk). He also took this chance to perform in LA and in San Francisco. I went with him to SF and presented my ReactPad and also jammed with him. We also visited different companies like Muse, Sonoma and Apple. It was a very intense week, but the effort was totally worth it. Jordan is an amazing musician, a passionate for the music technology, and an awesome person.
The SLOrk concert was a lot of fun, and everything went fine even though all of us -even Jordan!- were nervous about the performance. We have plenty of videos of that, but we’re still editing them, I will upload them as soon as possible. For now, here there are some pictures of the week. Thanks Ge for letting me putting this together, thanks Adam Sheppard and Xiang Zhang for help me out getting the funding for bringing Jordan, and of course thanks to Jordan for coming all the way from the East Coast to give such a wonderful performance.
Yesterday I was invited to play a short performance with SLOrk at the Stanford Memorial Church. The concert was for the next year admitted students, and the church was pretty packed. Ge Wang talked about CCRMA and about the Stanford Laptop Orchestra. It was a great experience! Thanks guys for inviting me.
That’s right: Jordan Rudess is coming to Stanford to give a free performance next Thursday April 29th! This event is part of the SLORkastic Chamber Music 2010, a free concert by the whole class of Composing, Coding, and Performance with Laptop Orchestra. This concert is divided into 7 groups, and Jordan Rudess will be joining my group as a very special guest.
I will be sharing the stage with Jordan Rudess and Jorge Herrera (a PhD student at CCRMA that is helping me with the ReactPad pieces). Jordan will play the Eigenharp, the iPad, the iPhone and of course his keyboards. Jorge and I will play the iPad version of the ReactPad, and I might use Jordan’s voice synthesizer as well.
I still can’t believe that I managed to bring Jordan from the east coast and that I will be sharing the stage with him. I’m really excited about this!
Finally the ReactPad is here! I have been working hard on this project for the iPhone Music course at Stanford, and finally today a first beta is released. I was inpired by the ReacTable from the MTG, and I added more features like a voice input, gravity, load/save patches, …
I have been working on a couple of songs for the Advanced Sound Recording Technology course at CCRMA. I am quite happy with the result, I definitively think the CCRMA Studio is a great place to record some music. I recorded these new songs with Roy Fejgin, another MST Student.
I finally learned quite a bit of Pro Tools HD, recording, mics placement, mixing, and even mastering. I decided that next quarter I will record a bunch more songs. I can’t wait to “live” in the studio for the next couple of months.
I have been blown away with this fascinating visual/audio illusion. Watch the following video and listen carefully on what he’s saying.
Now close your eyes and play the video again. Do you hear the same thing?
Most people will hear “Da-da, da-da” (or “ga-ga, ga-ga”) when watching the video with the eyes open, but then will hear “Ba-ba, ba-ba” when they close their eyes. In this video, the audio and the image do not relate, however our brain tries to make them relate somehow. What we are actually hearing is “Ba-ba, ba-ba”, but what we’re seeing is a man saying “Ga-ga, ga-ga”. So our brain is trying to find a middle point and we hear “Da-da, da-da” (or “ga-ga, ga-ga”).
This is known as the McGurk Effect, and you can read the original paper written by Harry McGurk & John MacDonald in 1976 here.
It is a nice OpenGL application for the iPhone that makes use of the accelerometer and some touches to create a sling shot to throw skulls while synthezising some sound. It took me so many hours to do that, but in the end I think the result is pretty good.