What Is A Hang Drum?
The term hang drum is a misnomer for a musical instrument or “sound sculpture” called a Hang.
What Is A Hang?
In November 1999, instrument builders Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer of PANArt created the first Hang(Plural: Hanghang) prototype in Bern, Switzerland. Hang means “hand” in the Bernese German language, and is pronounced “hung or hong”.
The development of the Hang began after years of research on the making of, tuning and developing specific metals for the steelpan. Also contributing to the Hangs birth was the study of Gongs, Gamelan, Ghatam, Udu, drums and bells.
The sound sculpture has a peculiar “UFO shape” that is the result of gluing two half-shells of deep drawn, nitrated steel together at the rim. The inside of the instrument is hollow and the outside has notes and tone fields hammered into it. The top shell has a center note that is surrounded by 7-9 tone fields. The bottom shell has a tuned port centered on the bottom. The notes and tone fields are usually played with finger strikes that can be dynamic but without aggressive force.
According the wikipedia, “The Hang was developed in the year 2000 and introduced at the Musikmesse Frankfurt in 2001.” PANArt’s Hang, the new instrument of the millennium, will probably go down in history as the most important acoustical instrument to develop in the 21th century.
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