December, 2012: Unfinished song demo for Cautiva uploaded and more

Not much movement over here, is it?

Since my decision in August of leaving the musical creation at least for a long time, and as it's a natural thing, I've been rather distant of all the stuff concerning my own music and so on. I'm been in some very concrete moments working in mix, playing guitar or testing some software, but nothing really interesting. During all this time I've had much time to think about my decision and I belive I did the correct thing. Sometimes I miss a lot to begin to create music and to continue developing my skills and musical projects, but I don't forget the sacrifice that I have to do in my life if I want to do music in the way I need or I know, and then I remember the reasons of my decision and I stop to think about it. Now that I can watch my past relation with the music from a more distant perspective, I understand that for me to create music is like drugs or something similiar, as much as I give too many priorities, I consume my health (stress) trying to contend with family, job, music and other obligations or hobbies and I go in a spiral where I want more and more and more... I've understood that my creative relation with the music is self-destructive and I must learn to control this relationship. Maybe this spiral of self-destruction has made that I made music during the last year more for my ambitions and objectives than for enjoying really the process. Actually I spend my free time in other kind of things, as simple as playing computer, making reforms at home or watching movies, and I feel I have more free time, I don't feel so much pressure and I believe I'm better, happier I mean...

In Christmas I'll be on vacations and I believe it would be a nice time to try to think about music from a more active perspective. Maybe I record some Erik Satie piece by piano or some classical music stuff, I don't think about more. Actually this is the best compromise that I want to give to my music! Hahaha!

Before to finish and how it's written in the title, I've uploaded recently to this website the excerpt of the demo song that I was making in August, just in the days I took my decision of stopping. This fragment is less than a minute and the sound is not pulished, but at least you'll be able to know what I was creating then and what path Cautiva was going to take... This unfinished piece possibly was going to be called «OBEY!!».

Finally and concerning this website, I've corrected the external links of download for all the albums, especially in the case of «A Retrospective...». All the links to Megaupload were broken since a long time ago and there was an obligation to correct all that.

Best wishes and thanks for reading and listening me,

José Travieso

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August, 2012: José Travieso leaves the music

A very important announcement for this website:

After a long and problematic process of pre-production during the last two or three months for the new recordings of Cautiva that I expected to do along the rest of the year, I've recently decided to leave my role in the music as composer and creator, at least for a very long time (and, maybe, for all the life). It's hard for me to accept this after so much work, not only facing the new songs I was thinking to make for Cautiva and all the previous hard work that I've made with it, but also the experience of the last years composing and recording so many different music styles and projects... I've spent so much time with it that I feels that taking the decision of leave the music is like to jump to a dark abysm where you don't know what's going to find. It's hard for me to think about a new life without a so active role in the music -even I actually feels that I've forgotten how is it-, but I've taken this important decision and I believe it's the best option.

Leaving the music isn't something I had thought for first time a few days ago. I've been feeling this for a long time, I think that, from time to time, during the last year and a half. If you have been visiting this website during that period, maybe you had read some idea about it or something alike. So, though I can say that such decision is new, the feeling isn't it... Not at all!

«O.k. This guy has left the music, but... wHY?!». Among a few of reasons, the most important is this: I've understood that I don't feel the "magic", the "passion"... just I've been spending the last year and half involved with my music more for routine than for pleasure. Of course I've enjoyed with it and I've had a few of very good moments, but it hasn't been different of any other activity, like watching a movie or driving a car. Nothing special.

When I decided to record something more for Cautiva a few months ago, I wanted to take care a lot of the sound (an aspect where Cautiva didn't have the best). So that I worked hard with it (the moment of "pre-production"). I made a new set up for my guitar, I changed part of the recording and sound equip, new computer, new acoustic treatments in the room, new software... and tons of hours working in the sound of guitars, bass, drums, mix and mastering. This process has been very tedious and hard. Looking for the "perfect professional sound" working in the box has been terrible and I was near to throw in the towel one or two times, but I got it! So, a few days ago, after so much work, with a few of ideas in my head, I began exciteed to record a new song for Cautiva. Everything sounded really great and clean, I had some good riffs and ideas, the intro was resulting fabulous... but something wasn't working properly! After a few of days recording I've understood that the problem is... me. I wasn't feeling the magic, the energy, the motivation... When I was working in 2008/09 in Cautiva's album «Human», I was excited with it during months, with a strong passion and motivation, everyday! But all this has disappeared. I feel... nothing! The "beast" is dead and I think I've killed it. When I began again with the music a few years ago, I had many things to tell and learn and all was great. It was the period of «Human». Since then, I've recorded 3 or 4 albums and other projects, I tried my best with it everyday, but people change and I feel actually that I don't enjoy with the process as much as in the past. This sensation has been even worse during this week, watching the I'm recording new music for Cautiva but without emotions, just with coldness, acting like a job, feeling that I make this because my involvement with my own music and all the hard work previously made, but not because I feel it or I enjoy it. Maybe I killed the beast because all this strong dedication and discipline during the last years have made that I feel more and more tired and dispassionate... I don't know, but the important thing is that such feeling is real and I can't ignore it more.

During the last years I've been very demanding with my music. This means to work everyday in it, and here the main reason to leave the music is: I don't want to spend everyday an important part of my free time in an activity (making music) which it needs the best of me but it doesn't fill me. This is a stupid sacrifice. With Cautiva, today, I've understood that making this is loosing the time. I can continue making music, one album, two albums, three, but... if this is like a job, if I don't enjoy really with it and there is no spontaneity or really free time... why do I continue making music??? So important is this to make a sacrifice with my time and life??? Completely not!

So, today, 9th of August of 2012, I can say that José Travieso leaves the music. Maybe this decision is not for a long time, maybe after a year I feel the strong need of making music (like before) and I return, or maybe I don't write a new piece in the rest of my life... Frankly speaking, I don't know what will happen with the future. The only things I can say now is that I leave it, that I feel that the Cautiva project is over and that I'm going to take an important break-up with all my music.

What am I going to do now??? Just to spend more time with my family, enjoy of the little things of the day by day and be able to dedicate time to other aspects of my life which I have had forgotten during the last years because the music. What about this, the music, I'll continue keeping this website as legacy of my work, and I'll continue mixing and mastering to friends and professionally, but no more, just I'll enjoy as listener :-)

I'm sorry if I created some expectations about a new stuff for Cautiva. I hope you understand my posture.

Best wishes for all of you,

José Travieso

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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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