Monday, February 7, 2011

The Hang Drum


 Like a 1950s flying saucer, the Hang's sound is out of this world !
Hang (pronounced Hong) Drum
Hang means "hand" in the Bernese language, and is pronounced "hung or hong". The Hang was developed in Switzerland. It was the result of many years of research on the steelpan and the study of the diverse collection of instruments from around the world, such as Gongs, Gamelan, Ghatam, drums, bells, etc. The instrument is played with the hands. Udu-like sounds are produced with the air resonance, the sounds of the clamped shallow shells sound like bells or harmonically tuned steelpans. The inner note on the bottom dome is the bass note, and when played in a dampened way allows change in pitch like a talking drum. Seven to nine notes are tuned harmonically around a central deep note. The hemispheres are hardened by a process known as gas-nitriding. This is a thermal treatment process in which nascient hydrogen atoms diffuse into the steel and form nitride compounds with many of the alloys in the steel.

Look up video's on Youtube, the music is beautiful. 

21 comments:

  1. The government is only telling you that that's a drum

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  2. Post a link to good Hang drum music then!!
    Some people are to lazy to look it up theirselves ;)

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  3. So, if you put it on the floor and slide it, will it kill goombas?

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  4. where can you get these drums?

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  5. Gonna take a look on youtube now.

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  6. Never heard of these before. I must youtube it sometime.

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  7. Hang Drum? Never heard of it, I'm gonna check it.

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  8. wow ive never heard of this instrument before...

    followin

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  9. uuh,
    too much mall musicians have this thing

    altough the sound is great

    but switzerland ? o rally?
    hah.

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  10. I actually hadn't seen this before, I've probably heard one at one point without realizing it was this instrument. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I snarfed my milk all over myself reading Augustine's comment.

    This looks interesting though, but it does have me thinking X-Files though.

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  12. I think ive seen one of these before. None the less. Its great.

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  13. never heard of this, very interesting

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  14. Wow, that doesn't even look like a drum.

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  15. looks like it would have a very cool sound

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  16. I've heard that before. Now I knohow it's named.

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  17. Cool new instrument, and you're right. The sound is different but awesome.

    Would have been a bit cooler for you to embed one of the youtube vids into the blog, but I still liked it a lot!

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  18. That is a really beautiful-sounding instrument.

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