The Integral Hang meets its siblings

Saturday night the new Integral Hang introduced by PANArt in February 2008 joined a familiy reunion with some of its older siblings in a little town near Darmstadt, Germany.

Hang familiy reunion

On the photo the Integral Hang is shown down to the right. The new design of the Ding is eye-catching. Another difference is the darker colour of the body. The ring of brass and the positions of the tone fields with their typical 45° angle to the Hang’s radius are similar to its one year older sister down to the left, a second generation Hang from 2007.

At the top you can see two older brothers: A F-Pentatonic from 2003 to the left and a high voice Pygmy in F from 2005 to the right. The differences between these first generation instruments are visible: The older Hanghang have little nipples in the domes of the tone fields.

Check out Robert’s slide show about the new Hang hard case 2008 external link.

Die Wiege des Hang

Blick über die Aare in BernSeit wenigen Tagen hält die deutschsprachige Wikipedia einen Artikel über die Schweizer Steelpan-Geschichte external link bereit. Hier erfährt der oder die Hang-Interessierte einiges über die Kultur, aus der PANArt und das Hang hervorgegangen sind. Wir erfahren, wie Felix Rohner und Alex Santschi nach dem Konzert einer Trinidader Steelband beim Bernfest 1976 in den Wald gingen, um ihre ersten Steelpans zu bauen. Wir lesen über das Wachsen der Steelpan Szene in der deutschsprachigen Schweiz auf um die 70 Steelbands in den 1980er Jahren, von der Gründung der PANArt Steelpanmanufaktur AG im Jahr 1993, der Suche nach einem besseren Material für den Steelpanbau und einiges mehr.

Ergänzend sei der deutschsprachige Wikipedia-Artikel über die Steel Pan external link empfohlen der ebenfalls in der letzten Zeit bedeutend ausgebaut wurde, und so den Blick auf die Wiege des Hang zu weiten vermag.

New Year – New Design for the Hangblog

It was 14 months ago, in November 2006, when the Hangblog started as a little German Weblog about the Hang. In the meantime it grows up and became a bilingual place for Hang related topics with English and German content and more than 10,000 visitors per month. So I decided that it was time for a new appearance. I hope the new design makes it easier for the readers to find the information they are searching for.

Old and new Hangblog design

Hang Papers from the ISMA 2007

At the request of the hang makers from PANArt the hangblog publishes two new Hang papers written for the International Symposium on Musical Acoustics, ISMA 2007, 9-12th September in Barcelona, where the Hang was presented external link by Felix Rohner, Sabina Schärer and Thomas D. Rossing.

History, Development and Tuning of the HANG

By Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer

ismablog01Abstract: 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.

Read the paper in the Hang Library:
History, Development and Tuning of the HANG

Acoustics of the HANG: A hand-played steel instrument

By Thomas D. Rossing, Andrew Morrison, Uwe Hansen, Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer

ismablog02Abstract: The HANG is a new hand-played steel instrument developed by PANArt in Switzerland. We describe the modes of vibration, observed by holographic interferometry and the sound radiation from the instrument, observed by measuring the sound intensity in an anechoic room. A low-voice HANG is compared with a high voice-HANG.

Read the paper in the Hang Library:
Acoustics of the HANG: A hand-played steel instrument

Discover the Hang’s Overtones

In western music overtones external link are experienced as an aspect of the timbre of a musical instrument. In Asian music overtones are listened as discrete tones above the fundamental frequency external link. Overtone singers external link use the overtones of the human voice to create melody lines above the fundamental tone.

The Hang is a musical instrument with strong overtones. The Ding and each tone field are tuned in a special way. Besides the fundamental frequency the first and second overtone, the octave external link and the compound fifth external link (the quint above the octave) are tuned in.

You can discover these overtones by tapping on different areas of the tone fields. After Exploring the Hang’s overtones, you will begin to hear the overtone music above your Hang music.

Read the article in the Hang Library:
Discover the Hang’s Overtones

Das Hanglexikon

Das Hanglexikon bietet teils ausführliche, teils kurze Artikel bzw. Begriffserklärungen zu Themen, die die Geschichte, Technik, Akustik und Spielweise des Hang und weiterer Pang-Instrumente betreffen.

Es wurde zum erstenmal am 19. Oktober 2007 an dieser Stelle veröffentlicht. Am 15. September 2013 wurde das Hanglexikon in einer überarbeiteten und erheblich erweiterten Neuauflage als eigenständige Website unter external link veröffentlicht.

Aktualisiert: 14. Juni 2016

The Hang Family

It seldom happens, that different versions of the hang are together in one place at the same time. A few days ago such a rare moment took place when I visited PANArt in Bern and found a lonely 2006 built hang among the crowd of 2007 built instruments in the Hanghaus. Having my first generation hang with me I used the golden opportunity to take a picture of almost the whole hang family.

The Hang family

In the front row on the right you see one of the great-grandparents of the hang, the ghatam. On the left the grandfather sat down: The prototype hang built in the early 2000.
In the second row today’s used hanghang are presented. On the right a first generation hang built in 2005, in the middle a second generation hang from 2006 with it’s upper surface of annealed brass and the new ring of brass around the circumference and on the left the newest 2007 built hang with the modified, diagonal placement of the tone fields which causes yet another sound improvement.

Hanghang 2007, 2006, 2005

Here the three children of the hang family are shown in a line. From left to right: 2007 – 2006 – 2005.