Tres Momentos Microtonales
Many years ago, during my guitar studies, I fell in love with microtonal music on the guitar. I wanted to play microtones but I could not afford either to get one of the existing microtonal guitars or to learn a special technique to play them. In addition, the repertoire for those instruments was very limited.
So, mainly because of practical reasons, I created my own system on the ordinary guitar using six G strings tuned at sixths of a tone. By doing so, I don’t only solve the problem of getting a new instrument or learning a special technique for it but also create a beautiful and very particular resonance having the different microtones on open strings.
Agustin Castilla-Avila is considered as one of Spain’s most prolific composers of his generation.
He first began his career in music as a guitarist and only composed on the side, but he
eventually focused more on composition later on. His works to date comprises of
works for orchestra, solo instruments, chamber music, and theatre music.
Agustin Castilla-Avila photo courtesy of Gerard Luz