The playlist of the nerds

It is like a spell to get my attention, and work perfectly. Jazz music and the concepts of Numerical Computation, Machine Learning and Image Understanding might seem very difficult to mix, but it happens and it is entertaining as nothing else.

First of all those topics entertain me a lot and, being a big fan of Jazz, I actually love the many people try to involve the listeners to my passions, like if they know what I like and put them together for me. For sure many people feel like me.

Well, many versions of these Nerd songs are rolling in internet. Following you’ll find a Playlist I made dedicated for the classic songs of the most used Numerical Computation Methods. A nerd list among the nerdiest things. Enjoy it! Continue reading

My top Vai songs

This post is intended to be a completely personal point of view. Steve Vai was (and still is) a big influence as I was a kid trying to put some beautiful noise through my guitar.

Time has passed and I still enjoy listening to his music. He is a complete musician with a priviliged ear and fingers. Of course, he was a guitar freak since his early years, practicing and practicing every time, but either way he became an endless source of creativity and talent.

Chit-chat is done. The thing is that here I present my 7 (magic number) favorite songs of Steve Vai, just for you to know and (in a desired case) also respond with your favorite ones from him. Tan ta ra raaaaaaa!!: Continue reading

The song of the day: Danzón No. 2 – Arturo Márquez

More than a song, it is actually an amazing instrumental composition. If not familiar with Latin American music, let me tell you that there is a wide range of music styles in our beloved continent. Not everything is Salsa, my friend.

Danzón was born in Cuba in the late years of the XIX century and the early XX century. Because of its neighborhood with Mexico, precisely at the Atlantic coast, the Mexican nation adopted the dance with joy and became very loved as it is a romantic and flirting approach for the dancers, full of lust, enchanting moves and passion.

The danzón (which literally would mean in Spanish something like “Big dance”) became popular in the region along the Gulf of Mexico, being Veracruz the most representative place of it (tho Tabasco and Campeche have good representatives too). However, the melody today is “Danzón No. 2” from the Maestro Arturo Márquez, the talented composer born in Sonora. Nowadays is this melody almost a symbol of Danzones and thus of Latin American music in general. No, it is not THE symbol, but it is for sure now a classic.

Many may not like Dudamel‘s version, as he uses to be very “fogozo” in his conduction. He gives another interpretation. Wagner would shit inward for sure if he hears Dudamel directing with his style, but we must not forget that this is a Danzón, a Latin American song and I personally think that Dudamel has taken it beyond and it is a real pleasure to listen to it.

Well, too much chit-chat. Following is my favorite version of Danzón No.2. Enjoy!

Igor Presnyakov

I first met this guy time ago when I saw a couple of his videos in internet. I thought “this grandpa has some passion”.

Huh, boy! Igor Presnyakov is not only that guy of the videos. He is HUGE, I mean it in the musical way. He became famous alsmost instantly and no doubt why! He is a virtuosos with the rare capacity of making very good covers with an acoustic or classical guitar. Excellent dude and big talent! Just check him out!

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Metal Rooster

I don’t know if I wrote before about this madafaka, but I saw the video time ago and I think it deserves to be remembered. Remember that Rock never dies. Although not so popular as the shit we are used to hear in the radio, the many variations of Rock are always present to satisfy the animal instinct of release tensions and pressures through a powerful shot of Energy directly to the brain.

Anyho… here is again, the Goddamn Metal freaking rooster!

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Puto – Molotov

You must probably know by now, Molotov is doing a European tour and they are going to play in my beloved Munich. Remembering last year’s concert and the funny interview I did with Paco Ayala, I would like to share in the following days the most-known Molotov songs and translate them. Why? Because this material should be shared worldwide. Molotov is an amazing band that still has the power and the energy to protest like years before, but of course with a more mature and rough sound. Some might like it, some others might not… but everyone talks about it, everyone knows them and remembers them once the people hear about… M to the O to the L to the O to the T to the O to the V!

“Puto” is one of the famous songs ever from the band, and all the generations from the X and after truly know it word by word, not only in Mexico, but in all spanish-speaking countries. You don’t believe me? Ask a Spanish speaking who Molotov is, and which song too. Yeah, Puto from Molotov. And why is it so famous? Well, it was released in 1997, in a very conservative Mexican society, in the middle of a tiring and mind-fucked tight society.

The history of Rock in Mexico could be also labeled as before and after Molotov (more precisely before and after Puto), when a boom in Rock in Spanish led to an explicit way of rock, full of “bad words”, but actually words that needed to be said.

Well well, too much chit-chat. Puto is one of the first releases of the first album (maybe the very first, I can not remember) and is simple but powerful, provocative and full of energy, THE song, the one that everyone yells and jumps with. But don’t get confused, people, this song has nothing to do against Homosexuality or the gay community. As a true believer of the Human Rights (and most of all of the common sense) I think the only sickness or deviation is Homophobia. As said before, I had the chance to talk to the guys of the band while touring last year in Europe, besides I know their backgrounds and I can tell you 100% that this song is dedicated to all those coward assholes that keep fucking with the Mexican people.

So, the meaning of “Faggot” here is clearly meant as in the “coward” sense, nothing else. If you don’t believe me, you can check the lyrics down defining “who is a Puto”, or ask any Mexican on the streets if they would dedicate this song to a gay or to a Mexican politician.

And yes, at the left is the original version, and at the right is a fully English version for you to understand. I will do a literal translation and some footnotes can be found after the translation to understand the “Mexicanisms” in the songs of Molotov, that could be a lot. For complaints regard the translation and comments about your mom just let it know below.

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The Fundamental Matrix song

Annoying, exciting, boring, awesome… Computer Vision and its applications might be sometimes a roller-coaster of emotions, but it is always a pleasure to work with. Some of those familiar with Vision systems, might be aware of some nice properties and most of all, some fancy tools that help us to play around with images and computers; but one important thing that no one should forget in this field is the so-called Fundamental Matrix. If you have still some doubts about its development, then here you have a bit of its application:

Looking for the lyrics. Well, I totally recommend you to go to the website of Daniel Wedge, the creator of this totally entertaining song.

Das Lied des Tages: Clavado en un bar – Maná

Dieses mal will ich auf Deutsch schreiben. Ich weiss es nicht, ein Experiment wäre gut um mein Deutsch zu verbessern. Maná wurde am Anfang “Sombrero Verde” (Grüner Hut) gennant. Sie stammen aus Guadalajara, das Land des Mariachis und haben einen sehr Latein-Amerikanischen Rock Klang. Sie mischen karibisches und mexikanisches Rhythmus mit Balladen und Rock, wie gewöhnlich im “Rock in Spanisch”.

Als ich in Deutschland gekommen bin, habe ich ein Paar Ausländer kennen gelernt. Eine gute rumänische Freundin von mir hat mich gefragt, ob ich Maná kenne. Am Anfang wusste ich nicht was sie meinte.

Maná? Denken wir über das gleiche Maná? Und dann hat sie angefangen um ein Lied von Maná zu singen…
Mariposa traicionera, todo se lo lleva el viento, mariposa no regreso
Was? “Woher kennst du Maná?” sagte ich.
“Oh, wir alle in Rumänien kennen Maná” sagte sie mir.

Dann habe ich ein bisschen über Maná erzählet. Ich kenne Maná nicht viel aber sie sind groß genug in Lateinamerika, und die Spanisch sprechenden Leute kennen auch natürlich sie. Ich würde mehr erzählen aber es gibt viel und mein Deutsch ist noch eine Schweinerei (also, ich bin langsam).

Dieses mal teile ich ein Lied, dass von meinen lieblingsten ist: “Clavado en un bar”, dass in der wörtliche Übersetzung “In einer Bar angenagelt” bedeutet, aber in Umgangsprache wäre etwas wie “in einer Bar festgesteckt”. Das ausgedehnte Lied kommt im 1997 Album “Sueños Líquidos” und hier spielen sie 2003 im Rock Festival Rock am Ring.

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Song of the day: El Sing-A-ling – Poncho Sanchez

One of the most interesting and enjoyable styles for me is the Latin Jazz. Makes me remind home every time and I never miss the opportunity to enjoy the sound in it. Although a bit different, Jazz and Latin Music are actually very compatible and many musicians demonstrate so.

Today I’ve been listening to Jazz and its variations and didn’t want to keep it for myself. Here, you have one of the bedt percussionist and most talented entertainers in the Latin Jazz style: Poncho Sanchez and his band. He’s very well known because of his big talent as conguero.

Born in Laredo, Texas and some times considered as Mexican because of his heritage, he successes at giving the hot latin feeling to Jazz melodies. El Sching-A-Ling, one of his classic songs is made precisely for that: give sabrosura to the music. After this video also check I showed them,  El sabrosón, his excellent Dizzy Gillespie’s cover to A Night in Tunisia, an many more. Just let him convince you with those delicious sounds, and if you like it please share it to the world, I think he deserves that.

¡Saborrrr!

Metal for cyber-babes

It sounds maybe stupid but well, I was growing up in the 90’s when the hairy metal became massive and commercial (with bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, etc.) but actually it started way before and I dare to say that it was already commercial in the middle 80’s when I was born.

Anyways, Metal has been seen as a style played only by the toughest and most violent guys in the Earth. From this we can extracted way more styles that we can all appreciate as a good Metal, such as Speed, Gore, Thrash, Hair, Glam, Black, Industrial, Doom, Nü, Grunge, Neo-Classical and even a fucking Christian Metal. But still, there is a common in all this bands: Testosterone.

However, Metal has been spreading slow but strongly into many societies and levels. Where are the girls? Well, there are girls but no so known yet, unfortunately. Female metal singers have been showing up lately and are now an important part of gigantic bands like Arch Enemy, Therion, Detente. In the same line we can find even bands formed by girls only, like the Iron Maidens, Kittie, Tijuana Sweetheart, and many others.

But this post is not for the girls with albums and defined musical careers, this post is for the girls that play what they want and become the heart breakers of thousands in the net. This post is for the metal girls that rock our screens and speakers, the rock chicks, the heavy metal babes… Continue reading