A 3-dimensional graphic scores performed using microtonal tubas from the trio of Robin Hayward, Martin Taxt, and Kristoffer Lo, using the Hayward Tuning Vine that visualises the harmonic space implicit within the microtonal tuba.
Star System [VINYL]
Released in: Norway
"The 3-dimensional graphic scores used on the album Star System are subsets of the Hayward Tuning Vine, which arose out of a desire to visualise the harmonic space implicit within the microtonal tuba. Each of the balls represent pitches, and the struts between them musical intervals. In "Star System" (side A), the musicians orbit once around the star-like structure, revealing the harmonic space implicit within it. In "Square Dance" (side B), the various squares and rectangles within the score are gradually explored by the musicians, analogous to a slow dance through harmonic space.
The 3-dimensional graphic scores are subsets of the Hayward Tuning Vine, which arose out of a desire to visualise the harmonic space implicit within the microtonal tuba. Each of the balls represent pitches, and the struts between them musical intervals. In 'Star System', the musicians orbit once around the star-like structure, revealing the harmonic space implicit within it. In 'Square Dance', the various squares and rectangles within the score are gradually explored by the musicians, analogous to a slow dance through harmonic space."-Sofa Sound
The tuba player and composer Robin Hayward, born in Brighton, England in 1969, has been based in Berlin since 1998. He has redefined the tuba's potential both in the areas of noise and microtonality, and his compositions for other instruments reflect a similar experimental, medium-specific approach. Pieces have been written for him by such composers as Alvin Lucier and Christian Wolff. He has toured extensively both solo and in collaboration. His approach to the tuba has been documented in the solo CDs Valve Division and States of Rushing, along with various collaborative releases. Active in many contemporary music ensembles including Phosphor and Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, in 2005 he founded Zinc & Copper Works for continued research into brass instruments. In 2009 he developed the first fully microtonal tuba together with the instrument manufacturers B&S. Robin Hayward is currently doing a doctorate exploring the acoustics of this new tuba at the Technical University in Berlin.
Martin Taxt, born in Trondheim, Norway in 1981, finished his studies at the Academy of Music in Oslo and CNSMDP in Paris in 2006. Since then he has focused on improvised and contemporary music. With the japanese guitar player Tetuzi Akiyama and the Norwegian duo Streifenjunko he has released two albums on the reputable norwegian improv label SOFA. "Varianter av døde trær" in 2008 and "Selektiv hogst" with Toshimaru Nakamura in 2010. This quintet now performs under the name Koboku Senjû. Both albums received great critics in magazines such as THE WIRE and SIGNAL TO NOISE. Over the last years Taxt has been touring Europe, Japan, China, USA and Canada with the groups Koboku Senjû, microtub, Muringa and Kim Myhr & TJO. Since 2010 he's running the label SOFA and he has also been organising the festival Fri Resonans in Trondheim every November since 2006.
Kristoffer Lo, born in Vestby, Norway in 1985, has his background from the jazz- department at the conservatory connected to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He has focused his playing around noise and electrical effects. He has experienced a lot of success with his trio, PELbO, receiving great reviews for their debut album and touring Scandianavia. He has also worked with Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and will be releasing records with PELbO and Sunswitch later this year."-Sofa
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Star System was recorded at Sjøbygda Art House in Selbu, Norway in April 2013. Mixed by Espen Reinertsen and mastred by Helge Sten.
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1. Star System 20:10
2. Square Dance 21:46