Winter Hang. Hang Massive. Street Hang. (music)

Via Yasica
on Jan 15, 2012
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Hang (pronounced [haŋ], with vowel sound between those of the words hot and hungry) is a musical instrument in the idiophone class created by PANArt in Switzerland.[1]

The Hang is made from two deep drawnnitrided steel sheets[2] that are attached together creating the recognizable ‘UFO shape’. There is nothing inside the Hang but air. The top (“Ding”) side has a center ‘note’ hammered into it with seven or eight ‘tone fields’ hammered around it. The bottom (“Gu”) is a simpler surface that has a rolled hole in the center with a tuned note that can be created when the rim is struck.

The Hang uses some of the same physical principles as a steelpan but with a nitrided surface and structural change of having two clamped shells with a small opening so that the instrument is a Helmholtz resonator.[1][3] The creation of the Hang was the result of many years of research on the steelpan as well as the study of a diverse collection of instruments from around the world such as gongsgamelanghatamdrums and bells.[4] Metallurgical and acoustic research by the makers has led to significant changes and refinement in structure, design, and process over the years since the first Hang was offered.

The Hang is sometimes referred to as a hang drum. The ‘drum’ label, however, is discouraged by PANArt: “Treating it as a drum and promoting the name Hang Drum, for instance, has created a ripple effect of misinformation that leads to damaged Hang, physical injury, and mental and emotional turbulence.”[5]

  1. a b Morrison, Andrew; Rossing, Thomas D. (March 2009). “The extraordinary sound of the hang”. Physics Today: 66.
  2. ^ History, Development and Tuning of the Hang. Page 1f
  3. ^ PANArt Research Papers – Hardening Steel by Nitriding[dead link]
  4. ^ PANArt Hang Booklet 2008 Page 4ff
  5. a b Letter from the Hangbauhaus November 2009
All Hang information provided by Wikipedia.


About Yasica

Jessica is a traditional healer who believes in trusting and listening to the wisdom of the body. Her healing work centered in the body and the heart integrates the concepts of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Zen Shiatsu with an ancient lineage to meet the client exactly where they are in the moment. As an ancient medicine keeper, Jessica has tremendous respect for the vastness of the Ayurveda and traditional chinese medicine. Jessica enjoys the unique learning and awareness that takes place with each spirit in the ritual of healing. Jessica lives and works in Boulder, Colorado where you will find her car-free attitude immersed in studies, practicing Buddhism, singing devotional songs, Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and Ella Fitzgerald while hitting the trailhead to worship with the earth. Please learn more about Yasica's work with Heart of a Yogi at and on Facebook. Heart of a Yogi is a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization that supports and empowers true wisdom, healing and love in Name of Adonai.


2 Responses to “Winter Hang. Hang Massive. Street Hang. (music)”

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  2. Rob Verheul says:

    Hi Jessica

    I'm pleasantly surprised you used two of my pan tales :-))

    Warm greetings from Holland
    Rob Verheul