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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.
 

Microtub
Star System [VINYL]

Microtub: Star System [VINYL] (Sofa)

Label: Sofa    
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.

Liner notes

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



"However it came about, the music on Star System's two pieces is quite beautiful. The deep roars of the three carefully tuned instruments purr out long lines of tone that overlay one another, sitting like almost opaque strata above one another until the physicality of human breathing and the gradual shifts in Hayward's composition introduce a sense of flux. The effect is of a delicate yet hefty drone that thickens and thins like massive bellows eased in and out."-Richard Pinnell, WIRE Magazine

"Robin Hayward

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

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

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



"The tuba player and composer Robin Hayward was born in Brighton, England in 1969. He studied classical music at the University of Manchester and tuba at the Royal Northern College of Music, where he graduated in 1991. In following years he was active in the improvised and experimental music scenes in Manchester and London. Since 1998 he has been based in Berlin.

He has introduced revolutionary playing techniques to brass instruments, initially through the discovery of the 'noise-valve' in 1996, and later through the development of the first fully microtonal tuba in 2009. In 2012 he invented the Hayward Tuning Vine, partly out of a desire to visualise the harmonic space implicit within the microtonal tuba. In 2005 he founded the ensemble Zinc & Copper to explore brass chamber music from an experimental music perspective.

Robin Hayward has toured extensively both solo and in collaboration, and been featured in such festivals as Maerzmusik, Fri Resonans, Donaueschingen, TRANSIT festival, Ghent Festival of Flanders, Ostrava New Music Days, Sound Symposium, Kieler Tage für Neue Musik and Wien Modern. Collaborations include such musicians as Charles Curtis and Roberto Fabbriciani, along with composers such as Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier and Eliane Radigue. His approach to the tuba has been documented in the solo releases Valve Division, States of Rushing, Nouveau Saxhorn Nouveau Basse and Rubble Master, along with numerous collaborative releases, such as with the microtonal tuba trio Microtub and the tuba and double bass duo Reidemeister Move. He has lectured at such institutions as Stuttgart Musikhochschule, the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, UDK Berlin, Dartmouth College and Wesleyan University. He has also worked regularly with such orchestras as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and from 2002 to 2012 was a member of the new music ensemble KNM Berlin.

In 2012 the International Tuba and Euphonium Association (ITEA) presented him with the Clifford Bevan Award for Excellence in Research for his 2011 article on the history and development of the microtonal tuba. In 2016 he received the ITEA's Jim and Jamie Self Creative Award for his work with the microtonal tuba and Hayward Tuning Vine."

-Robin Hayward Website (http://www.robinhayward.de/eng/biography.php)
3/20/2017





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Product Information:

UPC: 7041885754414

Label: Sofa
Catalog ID: SOFA 544LP
Squidco Product Code: 20321

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Norway
Packaging: LP
Star System was recorded at Sjøbygda Art House in Selbu, Norway in April 2013. Mixed by Espen Reinertsen and mastred by Helge Sten.

Personnel:

Kristoffer Lo-tuba

Robin Hayward-tuba

Martin Taxt-tuba

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Track Listing:

SIDE A



1. Star System 20:10

SIDE B



2. Square Dance 21:46







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