April, 2016: E-Project #4

Last month I finished the E-Project #4, one of my most difficult and complex recording to date. With this piece I wanted to mix the 70s Berlin School sound with Minimalism and some ideas from the "sporadic" techniques of compositions I began to apply in 1999. Also I wanted to experiment with multiple layers of sounds (thing that I've been doing with the previous E-Projects too), and all this led me to a titanic and hard recording, with around 60-65 tracks, busses, FX channels, groups, etc., and a lot of headaches! Hard, but pleasant when it was finished! :-) Anyway, I think the next recordings will be more easy and conventional! :-)

What about this new piece, it's divided in two parts. The first part («Deus Ex Machina») is an ambient composition and works as introduction to the second part, which is the main part of the project. «Deus Ex Machina» includes an excerpt of one of my first improvisations with the modular synthesizer I'm mounting (the whole improvisation is the track «Improvisation 2016.02.21: Through God's Core»). Other interesting thing about this track is that it was used the real recording of gravitational waves created from the collapse of two black holes (captured by the LIGO observatory on the 14th of September of 2015 and assumed the empirical demostration of the existence of gravitational waves predicted by Albert Einsten, maybe the most important in Astronomy the last year).

The second and main part is called «God's Ladder». Everything in this piece turns around a monophonic sequence developing constantly. This sequence development was recorded along 9 synthesizers (!), creating diverse layers during all the progress of the piece. At the end of this you can listen to all the synthesizers workign together. A crazy thing!

More information in «Works».

Health,

José Travieso

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March, 2016: New section with studio inventory

I've added a new section in this website in which you'll find a new document:

-Studio inventory and Archive.

This is a document -initially made as something private- with detailed information about the hardware and software equipment I'm using actually or in the past. Personally I use it to have a better control and knowledge about my equipment, especially concerning the software, and I've decided to share it here because I believe somebody might find it interesting.

I'll have it updated.

By the way, tomorrow I'll try to have time to upload a new track,

José Travieso

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March, 2016: First electronic improvisations

Hi there!

I've uploaded two improvisations which were recorded the last month. The first one, "Analog Vibes", was recorded on the 6th of February and has a Klaus Schulze 1980-1985 flavour, more or less. The second improvisation, "Through God's Core", was recorded on the 21st during the studio sessions for the "e-proj #4" and explores the most experimental and ambient electronic music. It was recorded partially using a little eurorack modular system which I hope to expand during the next months. By the way, a remixed extract from this improvisation is used in the beginning of the "e-proj #4", which I finished a week ago and I'll share in April.

Though it isn't now my priority, I hope to record and share more electronic improvisations in the future.

All the best,

José Travieso

Now playing – Tangerine Dream: Phaedra

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February, 2016: Thinking about a future album...

Though a few a months ago -when I wrote a "statement" of what I was having in mind concerning this new musical period of making electronic music- I said that releasing EPs would be the most suitable than releasing LPs, I have finally decided to release an album with all the stuff I'm recording. The three tracks I've recorded since September will be in it and I've though, more or less, a structure for the album which can works. I want to record 3-4 more tracks filling such structure, completing a total of 40-45 minutes of music and trying to have everything finished during this summer to be released in September. I think this is a good mark as much as recording music is being only a part of all this new period in my musical life. I'm reading a lot of books, I'm studying to the great composers of the genre, learning how synthesis works, mounting a modular synthesizer and experimenting with it... Recording is just a part of the whole, and I must say I'm happy with this approach.

During the next month I want to focus on improvisation.

All the best,

José Travieso

Now playing - Michael Nyman: Vertov Sounds

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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.

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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!