Robin Hayward

Tuba player, composer, researcher

Stop Time (2013)

Baritone saxophone, microtonal tuba, cello, surround-sound system

Stop Time was commissioned for a festival of the same name taking place in Leuven in 2013. It is the first piece to use a subset of the three-dimensional physical version of the Hayward Tuning Vine, invented in 2012, as a musical score. The harmonic space implied within the four cubes contained within the subset, based on prime numbers 2 (octave), 3 (perfect fifth) and 5 (major third), is explored by the acoustic instruments and projected via the surround-sound system onto the physical space of the performance area. Harmonic space is projected over time onto physical space, thus 'stopping time'.

Stop Time

The recording excerpt and photos are from a performance taking place at De Bijloke, Ghent, in September 2014. Marieke Berendsen, scenography; Wannes Gonnissen, live-electronics; Robin Hayward, microtonal tuba; Pieter Matthynssens, cello; Bertel Schollart, baritone saxophone.