handpan_musicWell, it isn’t every day you find something new and interesting. Yuki Koshimoto and her music came into my Facebook newsfeed and I had to take a listen. I’m glad I did!

Here is the video for you to watch (this one was just uploaded to YouTube in February of 2014)

Can’t see the video? You can watch directly on YouTube here: Spacedrum music by Yuki Koshimoto

This is so interesting to me – I’ve never seen this type of instrument before. It’s called a Handpan (or spacedrum) that was created by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer in Bern, Switzerland. They own a company called PANArt and design these instruments. I’ve seen a few other versions in my internet travels, but I don’t see any site here in the United States creating this item. (or selling it for that matter) This is also considered part of Hang music.

As you can see, this is basically a steel drum in reverse. That’s the extreme layman’s version of this – and I probably offended a few purists. The idea is that and the sound becomes much richer or warmer when played by hand vs. using mallets as they do with steel drums. (Steelpan) It’s also called a Hangdrum but the original creators don’t seem to like that title too much. The name Hang comes from the Bernese German word for hand and it is a registered trademark and property of PANArt Hangbau AG.

This instrument is so new, it was first introduced in 2001 at Musikmesse Frankfurt. The instrument is now in it’s fourth generation and seems to be used largely in the World Music genre.

Want to hear others people playing hang music? Check out Hang Massive on YouTube!

What do you think of the spacedrum? Interesting side to the steel drum isn’t it? I look forward to seeing more creations coming from this instrument. It would be interesting to hear Eminmen rap to it.

Yeah …. I may have gone too far with that one.

What do you think of it? Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!


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