May, 2012: New mastering made for the «Into The Pit» cover

No time for new music. Facing the possible new Cautiva stuff, I'm actually working with acoustics and experimenting with "ad-hoc" software technics of treatment of the sound and during the last two weeks I've had little time to think about playing guitar or writing new music.

This "pre-production moment" is a necessary step which I hope to finish... someday! :-P. Just the idea is to do everything I could reach a professional sound for Cautiva. I think that it'll have me busy for a few of weeks, but if I'm going to make new music for Cautiva, I want the best sound I could. What I'm worry is that I'm going to need too many effects and plugins working and I'll have to divide the project of recording of a piece in a few of individual projects (recording, rendering, mixes, etc.) and I believe actually that this way isn't fluent and I don't know if it'll be practical to record... I hope to find other way. Maybe working with a new computer everything works properly... I don´t know. I must just continue!

Meanwhile, I share a remaster that today I've made on my Testament cover released originally in the «Human» album. It's a test of some of my new "ad-hoc technics in process" and I hope you like the track. The innovation here is that I'm using a mastering EQ based on convolution in the way of catching previously the "sound" of a previous track working as model. After three days experimenting with this idea based on guitars, drums and whole tracks, I'm really surprised with the results. Maybe I make a mistake, but I'm sure 100% that the EQ based on convolution and models is the future for a lot of things in music production, not only reverb (it was the beginning of all this), but EQ, simulation of analogic equips and so on... This and volterra kernels in Nebula, especially in a limit context as home studios like mine.

The new remaster of my «Into The Pit» cover isn't a pulish work, just it was a test and it could be better in a few of ways, but I liked the result and I want to share it with you. You can listen it in the Independent tracks section.

Have a good day,

José Travieso

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March, 2012: «Fusing Into Black», a new track uploaded, and Cautiva and the future

First part, «Fusing Into Black»:

Recently I've uploaded to this website a new recording, which I uploaded to Facebook two or three weeks ago. If you want to know the most fast as possible my news, I recommend you to suscribe to the Facebook websites (José Travieso and Cautiva), as much as frequently I'll write there before than here, especially because it's more informal and fast. If you want to know more about how to connect with my Facebook website, please read the news on "January, 2012".

What about the new track? Well, «Fusing Into Black» has been a new step in my musical ambitions, in this case experimeting with the fusion of styles (progressive rock, jazz, electronic, hiphop methods of compositions...) and the synthesizers and electronic ways. If I had to connect this new piece with some of my other recordings, it would be the «Don't Kill the Vynil» stuff of the last year, because the union of electronic, experimentation and fusion. Anyway, the result is very different and I never made any music like this. It has been hard to work in this case, so that I hope you like :-P

«Fusing Into Black» began as a work of mix and restauration for a previous piece for two doubled pianos (or something like this) of my good friend Juncorquestra. I decided to make a new piece inspired by the very beginning of the track. The original idea was to make some modifications, but preserving the original air of the composition. The project changed radically in the next days and the final result is a piece completely different. I invite you to compare «Fusing Into Black» with the original Juncorquestra's «Oh Vaya» and watch by yourself. Don't lose this opportunity, as much as the original «Oh Vaya» is a really beautiful and fantastic piece :-)

«Fusing Into Black» tries to describe too the meaning of the back color for me in the music.

...And second part, Cautiva and the future:

Recently some fans have write me to ask for the new CAUTIVA album that supposely I'm recording, and I would like to say that Cautiva is not going actually to release any new album. I want to write this here because I've found in some forums that I'm going to make a new album, information based on my last post of "January, 2012", and this isn't exactly true. I would like to make a new album and to destroy a few of "hi-fi"s in your bedrooms :-), but this is too ambitious for me in the actuallity. I need more time than I actually have or will have, so that simply I can't take a decision like this. Maybe I didn't explain properly the last time and I created false expectations, so that I repeat what I said two months ago or I know know: I've begun to think again about Cautiva; I would like to make at least one or two new compositions; I'm playing again the guitar (but actually not composing); and the perfect thing, for me, would be to complete a new EP before the end of 2012. I can't see more than this :-)

After «Fusing Into Black» my effort goes to Cautiva, but unfortunately I'm, at the moment, very busy with other things (musical and not musicals) and I'll have little time to dedicate to my own music. I'll try, little by little, to make true my new intentions with Cautiva, but it'll be in summer when I find an important space of time to work. Meanwhile, let's begin to walk...


José Travieso

Now playing - silence, so nice sometimes...

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January, 2012: And... What's about the future???

...And what's a good question!

If you visit frequently this page, you'll have noticed that after the release of «The Illusionist» in September I don't speak anything about my music, future projects and so on. Except for the brief review about Mr Dogbelle's videos, I've not written anything during the last months! The reason is easy: I don't write because I'm not doing anything really interesting concerning my music.

This is strange for a guy who has had the head full of so different projects and musical ideas along the last years, but there is too a simple explanation: I have wanted to stop with the rhythm of creation of the last times.

A bit of history:

When I moved to Granada in summer of 2007, I had ahead a very nice free time to spend, and I decided then to make a bit of music, to take more seriously that project of thrash metal called Cautiva :-). Then the experience was really great and I was captivated :-) more and more. The process of recording of the album «Human» (June, 2009) was very hard, during months, but fascinating. When I finished, I was motivated to connect again with my old music and I made a strong effort programming the EP «Tunguska» (2009) and later the album «No More Faith» (2010). After «Human», when I decided to stop with Cautiva and explore the neo-classicism through the computer, this was because the Cautiva project was very demanding and -I thought- changing to the other style, my old ideas and stuff, everything would be easier... But I was very wrong. I never thought that working through VST programming was so hard, tedious and difficult to have good (realistic) results. The music of «Tunguska»/«No More Faith» was beautiful, but I had a personal result: tiredness.

I had a rest for two months, but I didn't disconnect really of the music and, when I began again to record (end of summer of 2010), I was feeling more and more all this was like a job (not only making music, but making this website too, learning about computer music production, etc.), a strange obligation with myself, when making music for me isn't my real job (I'm teacher and actually directive in a school), just a hobby... In autumn of 2010 had the "great" idea of making music around different projects and music styles. I thought: "I'll make all kind of pieces and styles I want, but not with the idea of finishing an album or EP; when I have a good collection of tracks of the same style, then I'll do the release as collection, calmly, just for pleasure...". This idea was looking for more freedom and not spending so much time and concentation with this hobby, but it was a failure, because the only thing I got was working hard in all the music I could for finishing all the projects and so on. There were four different projects: the «La Boîte» soundtrack, the EP «Don't Kill the Vinyl», the secret project "«Improvisation For...» series" and, the main stuff, «The Illusionist» concert for solo piano... Too much, especially valuing I have my own job and a family to take care.

O.k., four projects... So, during the last year, I was more and more centred in my music, but not feeling the pleasure of "the CAUTIVA months". My perfectionism and hard working with the music carried me to this situation and I felt more and more I had to stop all that mentality and self-pressure. I decided to stop when «The Illusionist» was released, September of this year (well, 2011). I decided to stop, not to spend a minute in music for a few of weeks (I did it) and then just to play and make music for pleasure.

Does it mean that I'm not going to release any music more??? Not at all! Frankly speaking, I thought about it, but I love anyway making music and it was obvious the problem was the strong rhythm of creation, not making music itself. Just I must dose it! :-)

So, what have changed? Essentially, the time I dedicate to the music. The last year was all the time I could; actually, not every day, no more of 1 or 2 hours per day. I want to have more time for my family, friends, for reading, playing videogames :-) and everything I wish. As result, I'm not going to make as much as before, and I want to concentrate in the pleasure of the activity, not in the results. So, I'll not compose and record so much music, but I would like to be playing my piano or guitar just for pleasure, to mix music of some friends, maybe to make some collaboration, to experimentate with new programs, to make some changes in this website... Of course I would like to record more music, but actually it's not the "leitmotiv". If I record something, it will be independent pieces or thinking about an EP. I discard releasing an whole LP. This is what actually I think.

My strongest ambition now? Cautiva :-) Yes, I would like to record new music for the project and to release it in 2012, but there is actually a long previous way. First of all, I'm practicing again with the guitar and developing my habbilities and so on. And during the next one or two months I want to work again in the production of all the instruments and mix, from zero. If everything is going well, I'll be writing some new song for March...

This is everything for now.

By the way, recently I made a facebook page for José Travieso music and other facebook page for the Cautiva project. You can visit them clicking here:

-José Travieso music's Facebook page.

-Cautiva's Facebook page.

I wish you a happy 2012. Let's hope the Mayas don't have the reason...

José Travieso

Now playing - Metallica: Creeping Death

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November, 2011: Mr. Dogbelle's style

Anthony De Marco from New York, a.k.a. Mr Dogbelle, has an interesting hobby: to create abstract computer videos to accompany different pieces of music. His style is simple but extraordinary, always disconcerting. Along the last year has been working on some of my "neo-classical" recordings, as some of the «Tunguska» movements or the cycle «The Seven Shinigami's Dreams». His last creation on my music has been made taking the piece «The Illusionist». I would like to share it with you:

Thanks for the good reception of the new album!,

José Travieso

Now playing - The Lab: Homodigitalis

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