[resource-net] Hayward Tuning Workshop NK Jul 19 & 20

NK info at nkprojekt.de
Wed Jul 16 21:07:43 CEST 2014

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Saturday & Sunday 19th - 20th July 2014 11:00 – 14:00 & 15:00 – 18:00
Elsenstr. 52 2HH 2Etage
12059 Berlin

      *Hayward Tuning Vine*

Microtonal tuba player and composer Robin Hayward joins N.K. for a 
two-day workshop based around the recently developed Hayward Tuning Vine 
interface for Just Intonation.
Just Intonation is the system of microtonal tuning based on whole number 
relationships, and is the acoustic basis underlying such musical 
intervals as the perfect
fifth and major third, as well as less common microtonal intervals such 
as the septimal
minor seventh and neutral sixth. Through colour-coding and spatialising 
the harmonic
relationships, the Hayward Tuning Vine allows them to be explored 
intuitively, enabling
them to be seen as well as heard. It therefore makes Just Intonation 
more accessible to
people who might otherwise be put off by its apparently abstract and 
mathematical nature,
and provides an ideal introduction to the theory and practice of 
microtonal music.

*Minimum qualifications*

Some basic knowledge of music theory would be advisable, and either some 
on a sustaining pitch instrument or a willingness to use the voice to 
tune intervals. By far
the most important factor though is a strong desire to learn about 
microtonality and
willingness to try stuff out together with the other participants.

*What to bring*

• instrument or voice
• headphones
• laptop computer with free copy of Hayward Tuning Vine software 
downloaded from
www.tuningvine.com <http://www.tuningvine.com/> after registering and 
receiving the licencing email
Participation fee
95€ for both days, which includes a free copy of the Hayward Tuning Vine 
software. Upon
registering participants will receive an email containing a licence to 
download the full
version of the software.

*Please preregister by sending an email to hayward at tuningvine.com with 
the subject line
‘NK workshop’. Any questions concerning the workshop should also be sent 
to this email
address. The maximum number of participants is 12.*

*Workshop details**
*Session 1, Saturday July 19th, 11:00 – 14:00*

The Hayward Tuning Vine as an introduction to Just Intonation.
• demonstration of connection between ratios and musical intervals for prime
numbers 2, 3 and 5
• significance of prime numbers for Just Intonation
• notation cards: colour notation, ratios, cents
• ‘Flowers’ versus ‘Grapes’ view
• number boxes and transpositions
• MONO / POLY modes
• Options, Master Volume and parameter controls
• working up through prime numbers 7 to 23
• undertone row as mirror image of overtone row

*Session 2, Saturday July 19th, 15:00 – 18:00*
The Hayward Tuning Vine as a tuning aid.
• tuning ‘Pythogorean’ intervals: octaves, fifths and fourths
• tuning ‘Ptolemaic’ intervals: major and minor thirds and sixths
• significance of octave positioning for tuning intervals
• locating common overtones on the Vine when tuning intervals
• challenge of playing Just Intonation on acoustic instruments
• tuning septimal ‘blues’ intervals
• tuning ‘prime-limit 7′ chords based on prime numbers 2, 3, 5 and 7

*Session 3, Sunday July 20th, 11:00 – 14:00*
Composing and improvising in Just Intonation.
• constructing exercises, improvisations and compositions using 
intervals so far
• exploring patterns and geometric shapes on the Hayward Tuning Vine
• potential of comma conflicts as basis for structured improvisations
• tuning intervals based on prime number 11
• tuning intervals based on prime number 13

*Session 4, Sunday July 20th, 15:00 – 18:00*
Using the full Vine: composing and improvising in ’23-limit’ Just 
• use of Screen Recording as a way of capturing improvisations and 
making sketches
for compositions
• brief discussion of notation for Just Intonation
• tuning intervals based on prime numbers 17, 19 and 23
• integrating these higher primes into the exercises, improvisations and 
* This plan is meant as a guide only and the actual workshop may deviate 
from it to some extent.

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