Relaunch der PANArt-Website unter neuer Domain

Die PANArt hat ihre Website mit verbessertem Layout unter der Domain neu veröffentlicht. Nun lässt sie sich besser mit Tablets und Smartphones betrachten.

panart.chDu brauchst aber immer noch gute Lautsprecher oder Kopfhörer um in den Audios und Videos den wichtigen Bassklang (die Helmholtz-Resonanz external link) von Gubal und Hang Gudu wahrnehmen zu können. Eingebaute Lautsprecher in Tablets, Smartphones und Notebooks und die meisten Ohrhörer versagen dabei völlig.

Aus Anlass der Neu-Veröffentlichung gibt es auch neue Pangmusik mit Gubal, Hang Gudu und den neuen Pang-Saiteninstrumenten.

Neue PANArt-Website: external link
Neue Pangmusik: Musik nach der Arbeit external link

PANArt’s offer to the metal sound sculptors

In 2013/14 PANArt has obtained a patent in the USA and in Europe. The subject of this patent is the protection of a procedure where common steel sheet is converted into sheet with a higher intrinsic energy.


In order to build such a complex instrument as Hang or Gubal a special material is needed. The decisive factor in the steelpan, the compressive stress, is here also indispensable if one does not want to be bogged down into a banal manner of steel drumming. This led PANArt to the decision to license this technology and offer it to other metal sound sculptors.

The tuners of PANArt are quite pensive that only one out of about 80 handpan builders has chosen the offered and largely proven procedure. Without investments in good material the art of metal sound sculpting will loose itself in meaninglessness. There is no way in continuing with this path without studies of the metallurgic dimension of instrument building. The PANArt license offer is still valid and available.

Read the article at
PANArt’s offer to the metal sound sculptors external link

PANArts Offerte an Blechklangplastiker

Der PANArt wurde 2013/14 ein Patent in den USA und in Europa erteilt. Es handelt sich dabei um den Schutz eines Verfahrens, womit gewöhnliches Eisenblech in ein Blech von höherer innerer Energie umgewandelt wird.


Um ein so komplexes Instrument wie Hang oder Gubal zu bauen, braucht es ein besonderes Material. Die entscheidende Grösse im Steelpan, die kompressive Spannung, ist auch hier absolut notwendig, will man nicht in banale Blechtrommelkunst absinken. Daher hat die PANArt 2013 beschlossen, diese Technologie weiteren Blechklangplastikern in Lizenz anzubieten.

Die PANArt Tuner stimmt es nachdenklich, dass sich bisher nur einer von etwa 80 Handpanbauern für das bewährte Verfahren entschieden hat. Ohne Investitionen in gutes Material gleitet die Blechklangkunst in Bedeutungslosigkeit zurück. Ohne Studium der metallurgischen Dimension des Instrumentenbaus geht es nicht. Das Lizenzangebot der PANArt besteht weiter.

Lese den Artikel auf
PANArts Offerte an Blechklangplastiker external link

Gubal – The Current Situation

www.gubal.chPANArt has published news about the current situation of the Gubal. Due to a high number of buying requests the Gubal builders will be busy for a foreseeable period of time.

They kindly ask to desist from sending emails or application letters to PANArt, but keep oneself informed through PANArt’s website external link.

Read the news on PANArt’s website
Current situation external link [The linked article isn’t online anymore]

Due to the new information from Bern I have updated my article in the Hang Library.

Read the article in the Hang Library:
Information about buying a Gubal

Stand der Dinge beim Gubal

www.gubal.chDie PANArt hat auf ihrer Website eine Meldung zum Stand der Dinge beim Gubal veröffentlicht. Aufgrund einer hohen Nachfrage sind die Gubalbauer auf absehbare Zeit ausgelastet.

Sie bitten darum keine E-Mails oder Briefe zu schicken, sondern sich auf ihrer Website external link auf dem Laufenden zu halten.

Lese die aktuelle Nachricht auf
Stand der Dinge external link [Der verlinkte Artikel ist nicht mehr online]

Aufgrund der neuen Informationen aus Bern habe ich auch meinen Artikel in der Hangbibliothek aktualisiert.

Lese den Artikel in der Hangbibliothek:
Informationen zum Kauf eines Gubals

Detuning is not Mistuning – The Physics of Free Tuning

In a topic on external link user G.Spence asked today about “retuning a Free Integral Hang to 440 or 432 Hertz” and if “it actually improve its sound by ‘readjusting’ the harmonics”.

When I visited the steelpan tuner Eckhard Schulz a year ago he took my Free Integral Hang and checked it with his tuning devices. Then his verdict was: “There is nothing correct. They cannot tune in Bern.” There are many who like Eckhard Schulz have difficulties to understand the how and why of PANArt’s free tuning.

I want to draw your attention to the paragraphs in Felix Rohner’s review external link of Anthony Achong’s standard work “The Secrets of the Steelpan” where he wrote about Achong’s explanation about the importance of the modulations of the partial tones (modes): “This art is primarily about the modulation of the partial tones that makes the steelpan sound spirited and livelily. In absence of this modulation the resulting sound will be dead. The instrument will drain energy from the player even if the sounds have harmonic qualities.”

This may help to understand the physics of free tuning and why “readjusting the harmonics” will never improve the sound but destroy the tuner’s work because there is a physical reason why the modes (harmonics as G.Spence called them) have to be detuned.

Achong emphasizes that detuning is not mistuning. On pp. 862-889 in his book you will find the theoretical basis for PANArt’s free tuning. Achong explains that detuning of the modes is necessary, that it is the main parameter used by the tuner to design the sound dynamics by amplitude and frequency modulation. In fact – as Achong demonstrates – no tuner is tuning really exactly although many of them don’t realise it. If a tuner would tune exactly, his instruments would sound very bad and muffled.

If you have understood Achong’s theory about detuning you will understand why it doesn’t make sense to evaluate the quality of the tuning of a steelpan like instrument by tuning devices and that PANArt’s free tuning is nothing exotic. It is based on decades old practices of Trinidad’s tuners and follows this path just a little step further. Achong’s analysis of detuning draws the attention of tuners and players to the tuning quality beyond harmonic correctness that currently dominates the talks in the handpan community.

There is an explanation in Wikipedia external link that possibly also helps to understand PANArt’s free tuning.

Readers who understand German will find additional explanations in two articles in the Hanglexikon: Die Schwingungsmoden der Hang-Stimmen external link and Freie Einstimmung external link.