October, 2015: And… what’s now???

Well, I have my studio ready -more or less- to work with electronic music, I’ve finished the tribute to Tangerine Dream and I have a lot of ideas in my head, but… what’s the next step??? What’s expected of José Travieso and his music today???

As always, I don’t close to anything and I would like to say that I’m going to do a million of things, but unfortunately I must not forget that I have a very limit time to dedicate to my music because my job and family and I don’t want to feel again the pressure I felt a few years ago (2010/11 period) with all it and that carried me to leave the music for a time. So, I must say I’ll go slowly, but something will be made for sure :-)

In summary, this is what I expect from this new period in my musical life:

-I don’t want to think about different styles in a same time like I was doing in the past. I want to concentrate in electronic music, the vintage electronic music I love: Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, Klaus Schulze, Robert Rich, etc. I don’t rule out any latest thing, as it’s EDM for example (which usually I hate by the way), but I want to focus on the styles, methods and sounds that I like and admire.

-Cautiva is dead. What’s about my piano solo style, I would like to record more stuff in the future, but actually I see more like playing with electric piano, or using the piano in an ambient or electronic context and so on.

-I don’t know how much time all this will last. It can be a few of months or a lot of years. I don’t frankly know and I don’t care about it!

-I’m not so interested in recording new stuff but improvising, experiencing, enjoying, reading, learning… Recording will be just a part. In this new period the approach is not doing new music, but enjoying of everything electronic music can offers me from a creative perspective. I expect to record a few of tracks per year, but not much.

-When I think about recording, my perspective is not thinking about albums, but individual tracks, like “mini-projects”. This has been my usual method of creating and I like how flows. Ideas like “let’s record a long ambient piece like 2350 by Pete Namlook and Tetsu Inoue”, or “let’s make a piece based on vintage electric piano, improvisations and with a long reverb and strings in the old Vangelis style”, etc. For example, my tribute to Tangerine Dream has been the first of these mini-projects. From this perspective, I continue seeing the EP format much more suitable than albums, but time will say.

-In any case, not physical releases at all. Nowadays, in my private life and my own collections, I see CDs as a disturbing and outdated thing, so I see no sense to have interest in releasing some of my music in this format. Only streaming and download, as I actually work with my own collections of music.

This is, more or less, a summary of my actual statements.

So, what’s the next step? I don’t really now! The only thing I know it’s that I have to clean this room. Later I’ll see :-)

All the best,

José Travieso

Now playing - Slayer: Show No Mercy (I love the vibe of this old album)

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October, 2015: A new beginning, a tribute to Tangerine Dream

After the release of «The Archangel Of Omega», farewell EP of my techno-prog thrash metal project CAUTIVA, I’ve spent part of the summer preparing my studio for the new project in which I’m involved actually. This “new project” is more like a “new stage” in my musical life, breaking with the most of my musical approaches of the past and trying a new perspective where the electronic music -style which I’ve loved for decades but hardly practiced except for a few of pieces and experiments- is the main leitmotif.

When I started working again on my music last year with Cautiva, I already had made the decision to start making some electronic music for a long period. The reason is that I feel a strong passion for this style and I found in it all the aspects I wanted if I’d get back to making music: something new for me, improvisations, experiments, a strong interaction with software and computers, spontaneity...

So, this summer has been a time of change, buying new hardware and software, searching the best equipment for my needs, learning new tools and procedures, facing a new DAW (Steinberg Cubase Pro 8, last years I usually worked with different versions of Cakewalk Sonar) and so on. As a result of all this and as a statement of intent, at the end of August I began to work, slowwwlllllllyyyyyyy, in a tribute to Edgar Froese (died last January) and his great band Tangerine Dream. I decided then to make a revision of «Love On A Real Train», piece originally composed by Tangerine Dream in 1983 for the soundtrack of the movie «Risky Business». Although at first I didn’t expect to make many changes to the original, finally the piece has flowed with an own and very different personality from the 1983 version. Except for the main sequence and some notes, the track is completely new, but I like the result, because I think it keeps the essence of Tangerine Dream. All the time I was making changes and adding new parts, but all the time I wanted to keep its essence...

Listen the piece (go here) and tell me what you think about :-)

A new beginning, “project #1” finished :-)

I’m still changing some aspects of my studio. There are so many new things to work with now!


José Travieso

Now playing – Robert Rich: the so loooong «Perpetual» track.

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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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«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!