Tonaliens is a Berlin-based experimental
group investigating the inner dimensions and outer limits of just intonation. It was formed in 2014 by Amelia Cuni
(voice), Werner Durand
(invented wind instruments), Robin Hayward
(microtonal tuba), Hilary Jeffery (trombone), and Ralf Meinz (live sound, electronics). The group came together shortly after the release of the software version of the Hayward Tuning Vine, an interface for exploring microtonal tuning that allows for direct and intuitive interaction with the pitches normally hidden between the keys of the piano. Coming from diverse backgrounds, the musicians were eager to explore this harmonic space, and thus the tuning vine “acted first as a catalyst, then as a map, and finally as a spaceship” (Hayward) that enabled them to navigate those areas that largely remain obscured.
Amelia Cuni & Werner Durand
; Robin Hayward
; Reidemeister Move