Masterclass by Robin Hayward: Tuning Vine

Tue 24 Feb - Wed 25 Feb

11:00 - 18:00


Location to be confirmed Robin Hayward presents a two-day workshop on his Hayward Tuning Vine interface, a powerful tool for exploring the rich harmonic relationships implicit within just intonation. Through colour coding and spatialising these harmonic relationships, the Hayward Tuning Vine allows musician to explore the relationships intuitively. It makes just intonation more accessible, and provides an ideal introduction to the theory and practice of microtonal music. Robin Hayward (UK) is a tuba player and composer. Over the years, Hayward has introduced revolutionary playing techniques to brass instruments, initially through the discovery of the ‘noise-valve’, and later through the development of the first fully microtonal tuba in 2009. In 2012 he invented the Hayward Tuning Vine, which was originally a visualisation of the harmonic space implicit within the microtonal tuba. His approach to the tuba has been documented in the solo CDs Valve Division, States of Rushing and Nouveau Saxhorn Nouveau Basse, along with various collaborative releases. Hayward has collaborated with composers such as Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier and Eliane Radigue. In 2005 he founded the ensemble Zinc & Copper Works to explore brass chamber music from an experimental music perspective. Website Robin Hayward.

To participate

This masterclass is aimed at musicians, composers and audiovisual artists. Please send a biography and a short motivation outlining why you would like to participate in a specific masterclass/workshop to: masterclass[@]sonicacts[.]com. Deadline for application is Wednesday 18 February 2015. Attending multiple classes is possible. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. A detailed schedule and more information about how to prepare for the workshop will be sent to participants.


There is a fee of € 50,00 to participate in this masterclass (including the required Tuning Vine software for a reduced price). Catering will be provided. Participants will receive reduced admission to the festival (professional accreditation for € 75,00).

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