History, Development and Tuning of the HANG

Authors: Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer
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First published as paper for the International Symposium on Musical Acoustics, ISMA 2007, September 9-12th in Barcelona
Published on www.hangblog.org: November 11th, 2007
Language: English

Abstract: The HANG is a new musical instrument, suitable for playing with the hands, consisting of two hemispherical shells of nitrided steel. It is the product of a collaboration among scientists, engineers and hangmakers, thanks to which we have been able to better understand the tuning process in all its complexity. Seven notes are harmonically tuned around a central deep tone (ding), which excites the Helmholtz (cavity) resonance of the body of the instrument. There are many ways to play the HANG. We show the different stages of its development over the seven years since its birth in 2000. We describe the tuning process and the musical conception of the HANG.

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It contains pictures of the Hang presentation by Thomas D. Rossing, Sabina Schärer and Felix Rohner.