Robin Hayward

Tuba player, composer, researcher




Robin Hayward: microtonal F tuba
Peder Simonsen: microtonal C tuba
Martin Taxt: microtonal C tuba

Microtub is the world's first microtonal tuba ensemble. The trio was formed in 2010, a year after Robin Hayward developed the first fully microtonal tuba in collaboration with the German instrument manufacturer B&S. Since then, Microtub have released three albums on the Norwegian label SOFA: Microtub (2011), Star System (2014) and Bite of the Orange (2017). A fourth SOFA release Sonic Drift is planned for September 2020, following the release of Chronic Shift on bohemian drips in 2019. They have presented their music at such festivals as Sonic Acts in Amsterdam, Ultima Festival in Oslo, Festival Densites in France, Kongsberg Jazz in Norway and FIMAV in Canada. Since 2012 they have been exploring the possibilities that lie in the microtonal tuning system known as Just intonation, using the Hayward Tuning Vine interface as a tool for composing, rehearsing and sometimes also performing the music.

'The wayward 'Star System' by tuba trio Microtub sounds like the doors of the underworld slamming.' - The Arts Desk

'...the trio's music exudes a powerful visceral quality. Bite of the Orange sounds both strangely familiar and strikingly alien, clearly circumscribed yet filled with infinite possibilities. It is often said that all music has already been written. As microtub's intriguing sonic research proves, whomever made this claim may just not have been digging deep enough.' - Those who Make Waves

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