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!
Our first official video with La Bossa d’Urina is finally here (with subtitles!). Everything started out as a joke, but here it is, our band, which is about to release the first album on November 12th. Now we are serious people, doing serious stuff, saving lives and all.
After five years, I just moved out of New York. This titanic city, which is of course the best city in the world, has absorbed me since day one with her cold, angry, and greedy embrace. As a good New Yorker I’ve become to love and hate this concrete jungle, and before I start to desperately miss her (which in a way I already do), I wanted to list a few unique moments/things/thoughts she’s offered throughout these past years when I could call this crazy place home.
Having a 24h deli in virtually every corner of every block of every neighbor of every borough is one of the main reasons why NY is fantastic.
My aversion towards AC turns into profound adoration after the summer of 2010.
I realize that New Jersey is a dark, hidden place where no New Yorker ever wants to go (but when you go it’s actually pretty nice).
Central Park makes you want to run. Its main loop is the perfect run in all possible ways.
My hearing ability significantly decreases thanks to subway trains and fire trucks.
People who walk slowly / stand on the left side of escalators / hold train doors are deplorable humans and should leave the city.
The Book of Mormon is perfect and can’t be topped.
The fear of missing out is real.
An amazing Peruvian girl at an average Peruvian restaurant at the West Village starts talking to me and ends up becoming my partner in life.
Javier Bardem buys me a beer at Arlene’s Grocery Karaoke after singing The Trooper.
Brooklyn is the best place on Earth (at least during summer).
Segregation in the city is pretty fucked up and makes you sad and upset.
I run my first half marathon in Brooklyn. I run two more afterwards, including the NYC one. Running across Times Square is epic.
Many friends move at least once a year within the city. I manage to live in “just” three different apartments during these five years.
I see some Mad Men cast singing at a really small and underground live band Karaoke in the Lower East Side. Littlefinger / Carccetti is also there, drinking, smiling, thinking about his next move to take over the world.
Brooklyn rooftop parties staring at the Manhattan skyline remind me I am extremely privileged. And of my happiness.
Now I am a world expert on bedbugs, so I understand that they are, by far, the most terrible creatures of this universe (after humans).
Monthly Music Hackathons are the best thing you can do in the city if you are into music technology and coding.
I walk from my apartment to Prospect Park to see Robert Plant singing Led Zeppelin songs. Yes: Robert Fucking Plant.
East Coast beaches are terrible.
New York Pizza is fantastic.
You will be deeply missed. Bay Area, here I go. I’m excited.
The legendary Eren Başbuğ (the titan who conducted and arranged the Dream Theater orchestra in multiple occasions) teamed up with me to perform this wonderful song by Blind Guardian. More of these may come in the future, so stay tuned titans! ALRIGHT!
We performed with my metal band Midnight Blue at The Bowery Electric (New York) a few weeks ago. Oh man, we had so much fun! Here you have all the videos that the guys at NomasDF Productions put together for us. Thanks titans!! Enjoy guapos
This one took quite some time. But here it is, and couldn’t be prouder. IMHO, Beyond The Pale is one of the best songs ever written, and here is my rendition of it. Thanks to Jordi Foraster for the amazing solo, and Nathalie Alegre for the inspiration, acting, and post-production. Enjoy titans!