July, 2015: New recordings for CAUTIVA and farewell of the project

In this month «The Archangel Of Omega» is being released, an EP which includes the two songs that I've finished in the last months for the CAUTIVA project. The first song, «A Story Of Life, Love And Death», was released here previously in October of 2014 in a primitive mix. Now the track is completely finished in a much clearer mix. «Freaks!» is the name of the second song, a very complex piece in which I've been working from time to time, and patiently, during the last months and makes a critique of the current use of mobile phones by the society (don't get angry, it's just art). The EP includes these pieces in two different versions: original version (with vocals) and instrumental version (without vocals and slightly different). I've made this because both songs are instrumentally very complex and rich and I believe it's a good idea to have instrumental versions to enjoy them from a different perspective.

The artwork has been made by Georgi Georgiev (mainly) and myself. I hope you like it:

I think this recording captures all the essence of Cautiva: technical and progressive thrash metal, complex structures, constant changes, screaming vocals, wrath but a lot of care in the musical speech, etc. If you liked Cautiva's «Human» from 2009, I think you will enjoy this one too.

And yes... It's the end of the project.

Of all my projects, Cautiva has probably been my favorite. Recording «Human» was a fabulous experience which I tried to repeat with each new album but I never reached again. The reason is that each recording gives you a different feeling, and with that album a lot of wonderful things mixed together and created a perfect salad: the first time with all it, the inspiration, the freshness, the lack of awareness... Today I find evident mistakes of production and mix in «Human», but anyway it's great, the feeling that transmits me is awesome... But as I said, each recording gives you a different feeling, in other words: each recording is a part of what you were then; and you can not repeat what you were in the past because you are actually a different person...

...And this is the reason because today I'm saying a bye-bye to Cautiva. I'm a different person and my musical interests are going to a completely diferent direction than Cautiva gives me. When I decided to begin to work again in my music the past year I wanted to take again Cautiva and to record some songs more before to begin other new projects. Then I had clearly this was going to be a kind of farewell. During the last months I've been watching more and more the reasons why I must finish. First of all, my mind asks me to make other kind of music, more electronic based and spontaneous. Second, the long time this project needs to finish a well-recorded song. On the other hand, everything that could go wrong with the recordings went wrong: problems with hardware and software, hard-disc crashes, my job as teacher in the last years has damaged by throat to sign in the Cautiva style... An awful recording experience during the last months. So, Cautiva is definitely over :-)

Is this farewell really definitive??? No, it's not. I can actually say that I've finished with Cautiva and I'm not going to record anything else for the project, but things change in the future and I don't know what will happen in my head in a few years.

Ok. If you are a Cautiva fan, listen to the EP and tell what you think :-)

All the best,

José Travieso

Now playing - Vangelis: Blade Runner soundtrack

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December, 2014: Whole digital distribution and a bit more

Though I've not made much over here after finishing at the end of October a new song for Cautiva («A Story Of Life, Love And Death»), I've wanted now to add this post to tell you that, since this month, all my albums (long and short ones, including singles) are being distributed by iTunes, Google Store, Spotify and rest of the most important digital music platforms. These recordings will continue being distributed for free through this website or Jamendo for example, but just now you have more ways and facilities to access to my music... To date the only recordings being digitally distributed in these platforms were «De Luces y de Sombras» (LP, 2003), «A Retrospective - The Early Years: 1994-2003» (3 CDs-Box compilation, 2009) and the neo-classical album «No More Faith» (LP, 2010).

On the other hand, last week I was doing some minor changes in this website, including an update on «Works».

What about the most important, the music, my job takes my energy and time and doesn't let me enough to think about creative stuff. And the cold doesn't help, frankly speaking! :-) It's a pity, but well, I hope afer a few of months I'll have a more creative interest. Right now I play my piano from time to time, I do some mixes for friends... but not much more, nothing serious.

A few weeks ago I began a collaboration with other artist, Vonda7, modern electronic music, good artist, but we didn't fit each other in some terms and we left.

What about Cautiva, this is my priority now and I recently began to write some lines. Along this week I'll begin to compose and record more seriously the second new track. I have some ideas and I hope to do something interesting. I was very satisfied with the other track and I'll try to do again my best if I can. My job (teacher and direction secretary) tires me, as I told before, and Cautiva is a very demanding project. This is a very bad mix, so I know I'll go veeeeery slow, but well... Better than nothing, isn't it?! And anyway I'll have some free days now, so it's a good time to begin this work!

In two weeks I'll share some excerpt of what finally I'm creating.

All the best and Meeeerry Christmas,

José Travieso

Now playing - My wife saying "let's go to give the dogs a walk!" OK then

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October, 2014: New track for CAUTIVA!

YESSS!!! After a few of years waiting, finally we have a new CAUTIVA song! Its name is «A Story Of Life, Love And Death» and you can listen it in the Independent Tracks section or directly download it here!.

When I decided in February of this year -after a silence of two years- to restart my music, I thought that the best option would be to finish the chapter that I tried to start in summer of 2012. Then I wanted to create some new tracks for Cautiva, but I was needing a rest after the strong activity of the previous years and after a month trying to do something in production and pre-recording with Cautiva, the things weren't going like I wished and I decided to give up and not to think about music in a long time. Frankly speaking, nowadays my musical curiosity is going in a direction completely different to Cautiva, metal and what both things represent, but I strongly feel the need to finish what I began two years ago... To do something more for Cautiva beyond «Human», trying to make some new songs in the same style and concept, the best songs I could... maybe two, three songs... And if everything is going properly, to make an EP with all it. That was the idea then, and that's the idea now!

«A Story Of Life, Love And Death» is the first one of this new group of songs. It's a long and difficult piece, hard to understand in some aspects I believe, but I've tried my best to every detail and I'm satisfied with the final result :-) You'll find the usual elements of Cautiva: thrash, technic, complex structures, constant changes, wrath, screams, frenetic solos, curtness... I think it captures the essence of this project and, if you enjoy with the «Human» album, you'll enjoy this too.

It's been a titanic effort to make this piece, because I've had to work never-ending hours in production trying to find and capture the CAUTIVA sound I've wanted for these new recordings, I had to practice again with my guitar (more than a year not playing at all!), I had to deal with some problems with hardware and -later- software, a strong throat infection attacked me just when I began to record the vocals (the final process in my recordings for Cautiva)... Wow, the very hardest experience I remember creating music! Hahaha! It's been really awful!

Listen it and tell me what you think. I hope you like!

If you want more details about the song, you can have a look to the «Works» files.

I suppose that at the end of October I'll begin to work in a second song. Wish me luck!


José Travieso

Now playing - Vangelis: Opera Sauvage

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February, 2014: «Eclecticism», a new retrospective, has been released!

A few years ago, when I was creating the Cautiva's album «Human» -time which I was underestimating my previous recordings for piano-, one day I took a look to my very old archive of own unreleased recordings and demos and I watched that an interesting stuff was being abandoned by myself for years. Then I realized that something nice could be made with all it... Two projects were born then: the first one, the «Works» files, in which I began to compile diverse information about each composition and recording and I continue updating nowadays (in a way to remember, to know... like a library); the second one was the 3 CDs-Box compilation «A Retrospective: The Early Years - 1994-2003», as a way to collect my previous released works and offers a brunch of old and previously unreleased tracks, tracks that had never before found a place to stay. I decided to make a generous contribution with those old times and I released the most of all that stuff, 20 or more tracks if I remember properly... Cover pieces (Beethoven, Mendelssohn...), hard experiments (The Five Babel Constructions, Reflejos, Continuum...), unfinished pieces, studies of an evening... It was very nice to deal again with all that!

That was in 2009. Today, 15th of February of 2014, I'm glad to present you here a second chapter:

José Travieso - Eclecticism - A 2008-2013 Retrospective (2014, 2 CDs-Box)

«Eclecticism - A 2008-2013 Retrospective».

After, more or less, two years not doing music and watching the "post-early years" from a certain perspective, I've found a good moment to do a new retrospection and to close, definitely, a second stage in my musical creation. In this occasion, the period is mainly 2008-2011, years of hard work and eclectic projects (Cautiva, The Illusionist album, the nice experimentations in the EP «Don't Kill The Vinyl» and the LP «No More Faith», etc.), crazy years where I gave everything I could to my music and carried me to need a strong rest and break with everything related...

«Eclecticism - A 2008-2013 Retrospective» is this final retrospection, a 2 CDs-Box compilation, with 25 tracks and more than two hours of music, including 3 unreleased tracks (only released as independent tracks in this website, but not on any ordinary release): «Shinigami's Dream, No. 7 (Born to Die Mix)» (an experimentation from 2011), «Fusing Into Black» (other experimentation, but from 2012) and, finally, «Improvisation In An Old Style» (an improvisation from summer of 2013). Part of the music is slightly remastered.

I hope you like!

And what now? Well... Maybe it's time to do -to try- new music???,

José Travieso

Now playing - Mozart: Don Giovanni

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«Works» is a text which collects comprehensive information about all my releases and compositions, including lengths, when it was composed or recorded a track, connections with other pieces, anecdotes, histories behind the music and much more stuff.

«Works» is regularly updated from time to time and you can download it from these links:

-WORKS, Part 1: about pieces.

-WORKS, Part 2: about releases.

The first part collects information about all the compositions, including the unreleased ones, being the most exhaustive and interesting part of all the content. The second part gives information about all the ordinary releases (LPs, EPs, Singles, Compilations, etc.).

If you are interested in knowing more about any release or piece, «Works» is a great source of information!