Biography Alvaro M Rocha was born in 1975, in Ovar, Northern Portugal. He is musical by nature and at the early age of 4 Alvaro started his first walking steps into the music world at the Academy of Music, receiving education in so many disciplines and different levels as he was introduced to learn and play a variety of instruments. After 15 years of studies Alvaro M Rocha finished his formal training at the Academy. Soon he jumped into learning about analog and digital electronics and received complementary training in Audio Engineering in Paris and London. Although most of Alvaro Rocha’s work has been hidden from the general public, there’re a number of projects that were made public. Alvaro now (also) produces and writes for other artists, quickly and painlessly, and along the way, great soundtracks are being born. Give us a try...
Special Projects 2006 - The Beyond Piano Project At a time when imitating a real piano electronically was not very easy, the project aimed at creating a production of the most difficult piano songs ever, without a pianist. The first challenge was obtaining the sound of a realistic piano model of the Steinway-D, as if playing facing forward to the listener, with all the bells and whistles you'd expect, key stroke noises, hammer noises, pedal noises, sympathetic resonance, basically the full acoustic works. Available on iTunes and Spotify. Then there was the question of sequencing the plays in a realistic way, and there was an assortment of methods, from scanning the notation sheets and converting them to MIDI, from converting audio to MIDI from live performances and humanizing them. Due to a misprint most don't know the Chopin's tune that was included was not part of the emulation, it was there to demonstrate "how it would have had sounded if no humanization of the sound had been applied", to show why automatism in itself does not sound right. 2004- Beijing Opening Concert - Jean Michel Jarre Remastered  Back in 1981, Jean Michel Jarre gave a series of concerts in China which became quite famous that resulted in a successful release - Concerts in China. The broadcast of the full first concert in Beijing was only available in mono and in 128 kbps. Alvaro took that mono file, which was AM quality (limited bandwidth) and polished it into a stereo track that continued faithful to the Concerts in China production work. At a time when there was no Melodyne DNA to play with, Alvaro did a tedious job of fractioning the mono file into EQ sand transient stems. With this de-construction work, Alvaro then reassembled all stems, with spacial effects (as used in concerts in china) and enhancements in order to bring back stereo life. The remasters were an instant hit among the hardcore fans and are still heavily downloaded today. 1994 - Electricity  Back in 1994, Alvaro at the age of 19, purely out of curiosity and making use of recently acquired knowledge in Digital Signal Processing, developed, in C++ programming, several routines to modulate the physics of analog synths, that is, in a first phase, he attempted to apply your usual DSP filters to waveforms and that lacked some warmth, then later on he went on to actually simulating the electronic circuits that produced the sound and inserting random things like voltage fluctuation and heat to interact with the precision of the simulated components (resistors, diodes, transistors, capacitors and so on) - thereby a nice mix of audio and electric simulation theme was born, "Electricity", mostly hardcoded in C++, which then implied a table with notes, duration and volume, of course, for rendering the audio patterns. You may listen to it in the portfolio area.
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