ernst and sollima at work

my favorite video of ernst reijseger (cuando aún tenía pelo):

and here a bad quality one, but where you can appreciate better what is this beast of sollima playing one of his compositions:

how i dare to call myself a cellist?

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two masters

these sirs are two of the greatest cellists of our time. giovanni sollima and ernst reijseger. both of them (specially the first) have a great technique and a superb sound, but at the same time they have been able –because they had something personal and deep to be told– to get out of the classic music world, and build a very personal and solid proposal. two masters like there will be no others.

i forgot to mention that sollima has a bunch of  compositions for cello that are very respected and played often for orchestras and cellos all around the world. and reijseger composes always music for the films of werner herzog! besides his own musical works… quite a pair…

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my hero

he’s doing it again!!! live…

some day i will talk how it all happened. but this guy, michael tyson, changed totally the way i used to make music, the way i was related to my instrument… he is the father of “loopy”, the app i use to work since years ago, when i wrote him a mail, and he answered so kindly applying dozens of changes per month to his app, until loopy became the most complete and functional looper in the universe.

http://masterpieceedition.tumblr.com/

don’t loose his steps! he’s designing the new version of loopy live, taking all suggestions and comments from the users, to make a monster, a frankestain, the definitive music app.

i love this guy.

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marco mastering

thanks to marco pellegrino for all his delicate and dedicated work, patience and commitment in the mastering of my cd.

if you ever look for an affordable, but very reliable, professional and friendly mastering for your music in berlin, don’t hesitate, marco pellegrino is your guy!

http://www.analogcutmastering.com/

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1.000 (onethousand)

i thought 1000 ecce cellothis moment would never come. at some point i even thought i was doing everything possible to make it impossible.

but finally, even against myself, the impossible is here to fulfill me. 1.000 cd of “pOCKET rHAPSODY” arrived today morning! 19 themes that contain all i am. 69 minutes of music which are like a testament, i could die right now, and before the last exhalation i could say: “i did something in life, i said what i had to say, and choose the right way to do it”.

of course… i hope i don’t die yet, that i will have much more opportunities to reach higher, to dig deeper.

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c’mon

this is what i think: if you are someone who likes challenges in life,
you put your self into risk –whether professionally speaking or in
your personal relationships–, if you are nonconformist, and struggle
to change things in your personal life, or in your society… or if you
have a deep hole somewhere inside yourself, and therefore you are an
artist… then you are going to need at some point the support of a
therapist. because you are a sportsman, an athlete (mentally
speaking), and the same way that sportsmen need physiotherapists, you
are going to need a specialist in the brain-muscle, to threat it and
massage it. it’s so obvious and so simple! it will improve your
capacities, your elasticity, your resistance… but overall it will
improve your life-quality, because many times, our way of being brings
unnecessary suffering.

but i am so surprised how many people around me think of a therapist
as something for people who are crazy or suffer from a mental illness.
how wrong they are, and what an opportunity they are loosing!

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design nightmare

•    no printing guarantee for below at least 0,1mm line width (coloured elements) and 0,15mm (white elements). Are you aware of that risk?
•    We partly have still rgb-mode instead of cmyk-mode everywhere. Please correct this and resend the file.
•    There is unchanged not enough motive bleed (3mm) for the upper right motive: it needs to have a width of 144mm as well.
•    the black of the texts is majorly used in 4c cmyk-black (partly just the outlines, majorly the whole text): risk of color flashes then, 1c black would be better.

dilletant! i’m also taking care of the design of the cover of my cd, after having my illustrator file rejected 4 times from the designers of the printing company, because of technical failures –even if i asked the help of a friend who is a designer– i had this list as an answer. i am suffering, i’ve invested my best energy, efforts and dozens of hours… but doing a design to be specifically printed has very many specific technical requirements, crazy ones. after studying all the weekend (specially this 4c / 1c black color shit) yesterday i sent it for the fifth time. i pray, i really pray. producing this cd is fucking going to kill my nerves.

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mastering

i am mastering. the final stage of my never-ending recording. it’s enough with never ending editing, and mixing and re-recording and re-composing… but i’m so afraid, the mastering will freeze in time all my music pieces, all their imperfections and their mistakes. after 2 years changing hundreds of little details compulsively, stop! it’s over. i’m exhausted, i’m so close.

i found a very nice audio engineer in berlin, with affordable prices and a good sensibility (marco! from http://www.analogcutmastering.com), and we are together pushing my shit to it’s limits. ahá!

…this is the most demanding and brainbreaking production/project i’ve ever faced. i will survive.

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video dance

the most inspiring video-dance i have seen in my ____

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inverted scale

ten years ago i used to get 3.000€ for a solo performance of my work. yes, sometimes i would also accept 2.000€. when i came to berlin 4 years ago, i performed in kulturkosmos for 1.500€ with one of my solos, although i had to accept the same year only 500€ to play in fusion festival.

this year, fusion only offered to me 150€(!!!) for a concert, and i was lucky. this 90.000 attendants  festival asked me to play for free past year. what the fuck is going on david?? i thought the scale was the other way around, you start getting little, and then… i have to fix this mess soon.

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cd design and colour mode

i’m just becoming crazy. these last days i had to learn what’s the colour profile “PSO_Uncoated_ISO12647_eci” and how to install it, also put work in CMYK mode. wtf! finally i am totally stuck with what i thought it would be the easiest part of the cd design; the cd print itself. all the options that i do, the look too efectista and sensacionalist. come on! i can’t accept them… but i have just what it comes out from me! what can i do? i’m not a designer. and i won’t trust anyone else to define my work!

1 ecce galleta 2 ecce galleta 3 ecce galleta 4 ecce galleta 5 ecce galleta 6 ecce galleta 7 ecce galleta 8 ecce galleta

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good vibrations

so many good things happening these last days. berlin shows it’s most kind face. after these 3 years and a half here, finally i fucking signed a contract for my own fucking apartment! a place to work, to hide, to rest, to disappear… my girl also is getting more and more working proposals, sasha waltz has already offered to her to dance 5 fucking pieces, and then matanicola, and yesterday… omg! she is the fucking boss of the fucking fuck in berlin. maureen, my maureen!

and my cd. almost finished. ah. this is beautiful.

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here it is!

contraportada ecce test7i think i almost got it. something totally opposed. more clean and simple. a little bit too clasic. but this one works like charm i think. the other ones were too… easy! this one i had to produce the hole fucking picture and work on the composition a while, but i think i am very close. i can smell it…

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title list design (still in process)

this endless work is letting me exhaust. but i am close to the end. producing a cd is a long wayyyyy… it seems finally the mixing is done, now i have to master (omg!), but before i have to send to the print the cd cover design. seriously?? am i going to do this by my self? yeah. i have to. i don’t have money to pay a designer. i couldn’t rely this work on someone else anyway. but… why so many colours?? couldn’t i do something cleaner and simpler??  here are some tests of the title list:

CONTRAPORTADA ecce test1

CONTRAPORTADA ecce test2

CONTRAPORTADA ecce test3

CONTRAPORTADA ecce test4

when i was 15 years old, in my punk environment we used to do everything by ourselves. designing the posters, the recordings, the whatevers… nowadays these crazy technologies allow you to develop almost professional quality productions from home at video, music, photography… of course. i know i can’t do a fine work, as a real designer would, they are able to to really crazy, beautiful and at the same time simple things. but anyway…

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more concerts! yeah

beautiful and fulfilling concert in hannover (thanks to limon and cem!). i’m starting to feel control, the capacity to play what i propose. just begging to visualize the immense pleasure of playing concerts week after week. what a pleasure for my hole body, mind and whatever that occupy the place of the soul. this is total happiness. this is what i have been struggling for so long, with so much desire and sometimes fear. it’s almost here. pa pa parrá pa pi ti ti pú!!!

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