Leaving New York

August 29th, 2015 No comments

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.

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The Eldar by Blind Guardian

August 13th, 2015 No comments

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!

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Midnight Blue Full Concert

July 19th, 2015 No comments

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 :D

Spinning in the Dark:

Stay:

Whiskey Angel:

Stars Will Scream:

Screaming Lesson:

Hunting Season:

Dirty Old Fool:

Into the Cold:

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Sonic Boom Cover

July 13th, 2015 No comments

There you go, the latest cover with the Titan TheOnlyDeerAlive:

Love this one! :)

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Beyond The Pale (Pain of Salvation Cover)

June 22nd, 2015 No comments

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!

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Playing Highway to Hell in NYC

May 8th, 2015 No comments

A month ago I had the pleasure to open the show for the greatest, the titanest, the most handsome, the alrightest, the newest, The New Raemon.

I decided to play this little cover at the end of my show. Hope you enjoy titans!

ALRIGHTO.

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Playing with The New Raemon in NYC

March 18th, 2015 No comments

Hi there titans. As the new Doctoriol, I will share the stage with the The New Raemon, The Greatest, next Saturday March 28th. Looking forward to seeing you there titanics!

Please, purchase your tickets here.

ALRIGHT-AH.

TheNewRaemonNYC

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La Bossa d’Urina – World Tour 2015

January 6th, 2015 No comments

This weekend. Coming this winter: two brothers. In a van. And then a meteor hits, and they ran as fast as they could from giant cat monsters and then a giant tornado came and that’s when things got knocked into 12th gear. A Mexican armada shows up with weapons made from tomatoes. And you better bet your bottom dollar that these two brothers know how to handle business. In: LA BOSSA D’URINA TOT ENS SEMBLA UNA PUTA MERDA WORLD TOUR 2015.

Playing in Terrassa on Friday 9th of January and in Granollers on Saturday 10th of January. More info on the posters below. IT’S TWO BROTHERS.

TBU-Gira2015-Terrassa

TBU-Gira2015-Granollers

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2014

January 2nd, 2015 No comments

The perception of the amount of time a year lasts follows an inverted exponential curve that depends on your age. Thus, for me this year lasted half the time 2013 lasted. Nevertheless, 2014 has been full of things that I will chronologically list such that my dysfunctional memory does not need to store them anymore:

  • I start the year at the Hospital because a monkey bit me in Mexico
  • Cover of Ending Theme (by Pain Of Salvation)
  • Midnight Blue is my new metal band. I’m the vocalist and it’s a lot of fun
  • The Longest Winter in NY
  • I present the 2D-FMC method at NEMISIG 2014 in Columbia University
  • iPython Notebook is the new best thing as a developer
  • I switch back to MacVim and I become much happier
  • The Old School comes to NY and we spend The Best Week Ever (thanks for organizing it Nat! :*)
  • Playing with Eren Başbuğ and Alek Darson at Berklee College
  • Cover of Harvest (by Opeth)
  • We leave our beautiful apartment in Brooklyn and go to Europe for a month
  • Dublin for a day: beer, whiskey, jetlag, and leprechauns
  • Presented the 2D-FMC method at ICASSP 2014
  • Barcelona at the speed of light: crazy ISMIR deadline, and Thin Bag of Urine World Tour 2014
  • We move to Lima, Perú, for 2.5 months
  • I watch the World Cup for the first time in my life (and people in Peru are crazy about it)
  • I start writing my PhD Dissertation
  • Cover of Trains (by Porcupine Tree)
  • The food in Perú is extremely good, and Isabel’s cuisine is probably the best in the world
  • We visit Cusco and the Sacred Valley (including Machu Picchu) and it is probably the most beautiful place in the world
  • We go back to Brooklyn and find a nice apartment in the heart of Crown Heights
  • Teaching C Programming again
  • I collaborate with Ractica and we publish this song, which is awesome
  • International cover of The Trooper by Iron Maiden
  • When everything is out of the moving boxes and the apartment looks like home, Bedbugs arrive
  • ISMIR in Taipei. The best conference. So many papers this year (one of them wins the best poster award :))
  • International cover of Thriller by Michael Jackson
  • We stop eating meat in the US
  • The epic moment comes: I submit my PhD Dissertation
  • We spend the Holidays in Barcelona with Nat, family, and friends

Happy 2015 everyone titanics!

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Michael Jackson – Thriller (International Cover)

October 27th, 2014 No comments

Halloween is coming. Like winter. So a new cover had to be made in order to celebrate that we all are zombies roaming around this weird life that doesn’t mean anything but it is so short after all that we’d better enjoy ourselves.

Alrighght titans! (And thanks to Nathalie Shrimp for recording my video!)

Kisses with jet lag from Taipei!

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