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Name: Julio Estrada
Skills: Composer, Conductor, Teacher, Writer, Scholar
Address: PARROQUIA 462, CD. DE MEXICO 03100
Links: Website     E-mail
JULIO ESTRADA. Born in Mexico City, 1943. His family was exiled from Spain in 1941. Composer, theoretician, historian, pedagogue, he began his musical studies in Mexico (1953-65), where he studied composition with Orbón. In Paris (1965-69) he studied with Boulanger, Messiaen and attended courses and lectures of Xenakis. In Germany he studied with Stockhausen (1968) and with Ligeti (1972) Ph. D. in Music and Musicology at Strasbourg University (1994).

He has wrote about a hundred of articles based on his research. Some have been translated into English, French, German, Italian and Japanese. He is the General Editor of La Música de México (Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, IIE / UNAM, México 1984, ca. 2000 p.) He wrote with Jorge Gil Musica y Teoria de Grupos Finitos, 3 Variables Booleanas, with an English abstract (IIE UNAM, Mexico 1984). He has postulated a General Theory of Intervallic Classes, applicable to macro and micro-intervallic scales of duration and of pitch. In the field of the continuum he has developed new methods of multidimensional graphic register of the components of a continuum between rhythm and sound and a continuum between order and chaos, and sound and noise. El sonido en Rulfo (The sound in Juan Rulfo’s literature) is the research base for his opera Pedro Páramo.

In Mexico, since 1974 he became researcher in music at the Institute of Aesthetics, IIE/UNAM, where he was appointed as the Chair of several projects: Mexican Music History, Mexican Music Archives and Music: Interactive Computer System for Research and Composition for the study of the combinatory potential of scales. He is member of the National Scholars System of the Mexican Education Ministry since 1984 and member of the Science Academy of Mexico since 1997. He created a Composition Seminar at UNAM, where he teaches Compositional Theory and Philosophy of Composition. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford, California, San Diego, New Mexico, Musikwissenschaft Institut, Rostock, Darmstadt, Veruela, Scola Civica di Milano or the Centre de Création Musical Iannis Xenakis. In January 2001 he became research director of the CEMAMu, research center created by Iannis Xenakis. His works are mainly published by Editions Salabert, France. The French Ministry of Culture decorated him with the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (1981, 1986).

“The techniques and theories I have developed are based on mathematics and acoustics ; the more neutral they remain, the better they serve the description of the imaginary : it is my ear that gives birth to my music, which becomes the accurate, almost phonographic representation, of every detail coming from my inner hearing experiences.” His music is associated to compositional research on diverse fields ; i.e. : scales, Suite, piano (1960); improvisational processes: Persona, vocal trio (1969); compositional mechanos, Memorias for a Keyboard (1971); finite groups theory, Melódica, (1973), Canto mnémico (1973-83); networks theory, Canto tejido, piano (1974), Canto alterno, cello (1978), Ensemble'yuunohui, strings (1983-90); new instrumental developments, Canto oculto, violin (1977); intervallic identities, Canto naciente, brass octet (1975-78); continuum macro-timbre and space sound distribution, eolo'oolin, six percussionists (1981-90); continuum, eua'on ; rhythm-sound components polyphony, the four yuunohui (1983-90); topological continuum variations, ishini’ioni, string quartet (1984-90); continuum-discontinuum modulation, yuunohui’tlapoa, harpsichord (1994-97); Pre-Columbian ceremonial conception of music, opera Pedro Páramo : “Doloritas” (1992-).



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