February, 2016: e-proj #3 finished!

Last month I had the opportunity to spend some more time with my music and in a relatively short time I have been able to complete the e-proj #3. As in the previous project, this piece has a strong descriptive component, but I suppose the content is more emotional and evocative. I had the initial idea to begin a track sharing a simple piano chord progression with the recording of children playing in a park or something like that, and this has been the result. I hope you like!

On the other hand, a few days ago I made a new mix for the piece «Navigator» which I think it's better than the previous one.


José Travieso

Now playing – Philip Glass: Corvo Branco (opera not released officially, a bootleg recording)

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January, 2016: Navigator

A few weeks ago, with the arrival of the new year, I shared on Facebook my "e-proj #2". This new piece, called «Navigator», has been conceived as a tribute to the navigation and has a strong descriptive component, looking back at the story of the navigators since the first ships and the conquest of the seas until the apparition of the aviation and, later, the exploration of the Space. Starting with the sound of the waves and repeating constantly a cadence arpeggios recorded with an Eminent 310 string synthesizer style, the track flows along different musical layers until arriving a final climax, where we can listen real voices taken from the Voyager Golden Record, which has been traveling with the space probes Voyager I and Voyager II since 1977 and containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth (original recordings by NASA courtesy).

It's possible now to listen and download this track here.

Actually I'm working in a third electronic project (with a little bit of piano ;-) and I'll finish it soon. Meanwhile, I'm also doing my first things with modular synthesis (eurorack).

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I hope you like the new track,

José Travieso

Now playing – Steve Roach: The Skeleton Collection

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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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