Friday, September 21, 2007

Hang - a steel drum


A hang is a steel drum. It is struck with the fingers, the sound is generally much softer than a steel drum, and can be played in many ways to produce a large variety of sounds.

The hang was devleoped in 2000 in Bern, Switzerland by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer (PANArt Hangbau AG) and introduced at Musikmesse Frankfurt in 2001. Its name comes from the Berne dialect word for hand.

The hang is typically played resting on the players' lap, and can also be played on a stand. The inner note on the bottom dome is the bass note, and when played in a dampened way allows change in pitch. Seven (in the bass version) or eight (treble version of the Hang) notes are tuned harmonically around a central deep note. The hemispheres are hardened by a process known as gas-nitriding.

In the spring of 2006 the hangmakers presented a new generation of Hanghang (plural form of Hang). The new instruments have an upper surface of annealed brass and a ring of brass around the circumference.


Here is an introduction video to Hang:


A couple of videos of a good hang drummer



Hang Drum- Manu Delago


And a great video of Hang Drum played live by Beate Gatscha.

8 comments:

katty said...

I love the drum, i think this instrument is very notable, i usually feel too much energy when i listen or i touch a drum although be a short time. Is absolutely wonderful.

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Mark said...

Finally, an instrument that I know. I always wanted to get one of these, because their sound is so crazy! There was a garage sale next to viagra online building and the guy was offering me one of those for $400... but that's to much money.

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Craig said...
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Craig said...

The Hang is classically played resting on the player's lap, and can also be played on a stand. The Hang is generally played with the hands and fingers instead of mallets. This lighter playing tends to produce a complex overtone-rich sound that could be considered 'softer' and radiator than the 'bright' sound of a mallet based traditional. If you need any lighting sound hire then we will be in great pleasure to serve you.

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sophia smith said...

great job..steel drum..I never seen such instrument before..I video is also very interesting..thanks a lot for sharing..keep it up..
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Micheal Kellog said...

Wow! amazing instrument. Its soft and soothing better than drum.