About Me

This is the website of Ricardo A. Garcia, with some information about my audio research, publications and interviews.

My research interests include: Realtime sound processing in mobile platforms (Android, iOS), hearables, hearing health, sound synthesis, algorithmic representation of DSP routines, DSP for sound modeling, psychoacoustics, sound, music and media encoding/decoding, audio watermarking and data hiding, modular architecture for computer systems, cognitive models for music and sound, evolutionary computation, music information retrieval, music similarity, automated music recommendations, online communities.

About my academic background:

* Master in Science in Media Arts & Sciences at MIT Media Lab . Part of the former Machine Listening group (now called Music, Mind and Machine)

* Master in Science in Music Engineering Technology at the School of Music of University of Miami .

* BSEE from the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) .

I’m a Tech Lead and Staff Software Engineer at Google, working on the Audio framework team for Android since 2014. I was the Founder and CTO of  Base 10 Labs, LLC, which focused on solving problems related to signal analysis and processing of audio, and developing products using some of my past research; with emphasis on Realtime Audio Watermarking and realtime signal processing on mobile devices.

Formerly, I was a senior software engineer at  Kurzweil Music Systems . I was directly involved with the production of the PC3 sound synthesizer family and currently helping to develop the back end architecture for the new generation of synthesizers; plus some interesting sound synthesis projects.

I also worked as an Audio Scientist at Groove Mobile (formerly Chaoticom). We have developed a very low bitrate/high quality audio/video encoder using chaos theory. I have been involved in the development of the psychoacoustic model, and high resolution analysis of the signals. Lately, I have been in charge of the Track Recommendations technology and Online Community projects at the company.

In my former life (back in Colombia) I was part of a musical band Señal Nocturna (Night Signal).

You can see some of my interviews, articles and documentaries here.

I enjoy taking pictures, creating and perform music (long, long ago) and traveling.

You can contact me at:   rago  (at)  ragomusic . com    or follow me on twitter @ragomusic