The Hang was developed by the instrument builders of Panart, Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer. 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: Gong, Gamelan, Ghatam, drums, bells, Singing Saw...ghatan
In November 1999, the Swiss musician Reto Weber visited Panart Ltd, showed his art of playing Ghatam and dreamed of a sounding pot in steel with some notes to play with the hands. The main components were ready to be used: Two hemispheres in steel of high quality, one tuned to a scale, the other one without notes, fixed together- the HANG was born.
HANG means in the Bernese language hand, and so this new instrument of the millenium is played with the hands. Since its premier at the Frankfurter Musikmesse 2001 it has won many hearts from musicians all over the world.
There are many Hang models with various MODES proposed by PANArt. However, since 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. The PANArt firm through its various regional representatives can help you in this project.
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 side CONTAINS 8 tone fields which together form the "tone circle" (scale or mode). This circle surrounds a central dome, called the DING (which sounds like a Gong).
On the GU side, there is a hand size hole (called the GU) for sound resonance. The GU can be played like an udu, or used to modulate the sound of the DING.
The Hang makes friends quickly. In my experience, people remember it as a fantastic instrument with a fabulous tone from the first time they encounter it, and musicians are intrigued by it as soon as they touch it. The Hang is on its way to centre stage.
Watch and listen the videos:
Once Again, Thingless Things, Hedge Monkeys,Wanderlust,Hang Improvisation,Mono Desire,Hang Solo,Opening, Love Trip, Best Hang Music, Supersonic, Fanfare, Halcyon, Hang Duo,
Luna Song, Sams Dance, Tubular Bells, Ort Cafe,
Shu Khur, Saekhar, The Voice of the Fallen Angels,
Hang Festival, Sound of Viborg, Paper Marble,
Dziewczyna, Time Enigma, Yuki and Taku, Alizbar &
Christian, Insomniac Jam and Top Tracks (70 videos),
Manu Delago (17 videos).