Julián Carrillo // Design & Art Project // México


This is one of my last jobs as a employee of the Ministry of Culture in 2015. That year was dedicated to the fiftieth anniversary of Julián Carrillo.
Julián Carrillo was a mexican composer, conductor, violinist, etc. Famous in México and the world for developing a new method for music writing and learning based on the microtonal (micro intervalic) music which he dubbed “The Thirteenth Sound” (Sonido 13). Carrillo was born in 1875 in Ahualulco, San Luis Potosí. He had humble origins and native american roots. But he had gifted ear and sound art imagination and quickly he became an excellent composer. He founded the first orchestra in México. After, he devoted his time to improve his sound theory. And that’s not all, he also builded several microtonal instruments to play his music. Many experts say he is one of the modern music fathers.

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This is a picture that shows the new method generated by Julian Carrillo to learn music based with numbers instead of notes.


The project was for the opening of the “Julián Carrillo Center”. This center would be replacing the Center of Art and New Technologies (The Center of Art and New Technologies CANTE was my last job, but for political reasons it disappeared and my co-workers and I had to be relocated in the Ministry of Culture of SLP). At the beginning I was just like a collaborator of this project. Then I generated several creative proposals and became one of the planners. The first event I proposed was a poster exhibition commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Julian Carrillo’s death. I also proposed to make shirts with designs about Carrillo, an app to make microtonal music and one videoart exhibition with pieces about it.

Since the original budget didn’t cover my proposals, I started looking for sponsorships to make them. The poster exhibition was successfully achieved thanks to the collaboration of good friends, they took care of almost everything. To express my gratitude my company sponsored the shirts. I made a videoart for the opening day.

The poster exhibition was possible thanks to Sergio Grande an excellent mexican graphic designer who manage and made a selection of the best artists and designers of San Luis Potosí, RGB and I took care of logistics, payments and montage.

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Here are some photos of the poster design workshops, thanks to the Ministry of Culture We had talks from experts who explained the life of Julián Carrillo and some theory of microtonal music. If you want to see some of the posters in this link you can find the story with photos.

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Here we are showing the three designs were made for the commemorative t-shirts. I sponsored them through the VDRS project. And the designs were made by three designers: Anibal, Jose Luis and Paola.

This is the videoart I made about Julian Carrillo.

I really enjoy this kind of projects because we connect and co work with talented people, also I make new friends while help them to show their work; I like collaborative projects in which bonds of friendship are strengthened and wonderful projects are generated together.

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