THREE PERSPECTIVES OF THE CONTINUUM IN MUSIC C. NANCARROW, J. CARRILLO AND J. ESTRADA STUDY OF SOUND-MEMORY INSIDE THE MACRO TIMBRE


The paper deals with two aspects in music that began to appear during the course of the XX century in Mexico: Continuum and Macro Timbre. Nevertheless both aspects were not intentionally applied by any previous composers which involves this study (J. Carrillo and C. Nancarrow). It was not until the year of 1994 that the theorist, composer and performer Julio Estrada in his doctoral thesis “Theorie de la composition: discontinuum-continuum”, described macro timbre in a detail investigation related with the aesthetic and philosophic aspects of both phenomenons. Previous to Julio Estrada’s contribution in the continuum Carrillo and Nancarrow were influenced by different sources of investigations. Independent from each other their researches diverge from their musical aesthetics and experimentations; paradoxically converge in the result of micro transits. The first case - micro durations with C. Nancarrow – secondly - micro tonality with J. Carrillo.