Hang Drums

September 6, 2007 at 11:44 pm | Posted in Design, Music | 4 Comments

Kind of a steel drum upside down, made for the player, played with the hand… something unique.

Hang-Music.com   Click the “Hangbox” link in the upper right for music samples.

“Created in 2000, the Hang (pronounced “hung”) is one of the younger musical instruments. It comes from Bern, Switzerland, and was created by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer OF THE PANArt Company. It was the result of many years of research on the steel pan and many other resonating percussion instruments from around the world…

…each Hang is tuned individually, you are encouraged – if so inspired – to design your own “tone circle”. Thus you participate in the creation of an instrument that best meets your own creative needs.

In the Bernese language, Hang refers to the human hand, as in “hand-drum.” This percussion instrument is comprised of two metal hemispheres bonded together: the DING side and the GU side.” The Ding:

Dings side

Video clip

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  1. I saw and heard a drummer use a hang drum at a small function in North Queensland, Australia. Great sound!

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  2. I HAVE LOOKED ALL OVER FOR A HANG DRUM AND CANT FIND ONE. IS THERE A SWISS ADDRESS WHERE I MIGHT ORDER ONE. I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW ON EBAY BUT THE PRICE IS LIKE $7000.00 AND I CANT AFFORD THAT. THANKS CMCCOY

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  3. I got to hear one live at a recent concert. Amazing. I spoke with the musician and he concurred what I’d read online. They are made for the musician in Bern so you have to go there to get “measured”. I have heard there is a place in Australia that sells them. But I don’t think they are something you can just buy and I would be reticent to pick one up off of eBay as it would not be tuned to you.

    They used to have a web site at hang.ch but its down. The Waybackmachine shows it was once up.

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  4. […] – he did have one other drum he played later. A Hang drum. Oh yeah, and a talking drum. And some wind instruments. He just didn’t have the usual big […]

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