Sonic Incense from the Hang

Introducing the PANArt Hang . . .
Photo image of a Hang music instrument being played.

The Hang — Sound Incense for the Human Soul

Photo image of Chinese cooking wok.

Chinese Stir-fry Wok

The first time I saw an image of the exotic sounding, musical percussion instrument called the Hang, I thought it was some kind of Chinese stir-fry cooking metal wok turned upside-down or a
Photo image of a Kettle Barbecue Grill

Kettle Barbecue Grill

round kettle barbecue grill, that had been modified and improvised musically to be played with the hands like bongo drums. Curious as to its true nature and origin, I did my homework and researched the Hang.

I learned that the instrument is constructed from two half-shells of deep drawn, nitrided steel sheet glued together at the rim leaving the inside hollow and creating a distinct “UFO shape.” The top (Ding) side has a center “note” hammered into it and seven or eight “tone fields” hammered around the center. The bottom (Gu) is a plain 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 basic physical principles as a steelpan, but modified in such a way as to act as a Helmholtz resonator. Its name, “Hang,” comes from the Bernese German word for hand. The creation of the Hang was the result of many years of research on the steelpan and other instruments. The inventors of the Hang have continued to refine the shape and materials and have produced several variations over the years (see banner at page top). You can read more information about the Hang at Wikipedia.

Photo image of Asian Nipple Gongs.

Asian Nipple Gongs

The amazing thing about the Hang is the totally soothing and deeply relaxing musical sounds it can produce, notwithstanding its odd appearance and unusual design. The musical sounds are reminiscent of little Asian nipple gongs, except for the sprightlier bouncy sound quality. The experience of listening to the Hang being played can be quite hypnotic. The sound seems to penetrate one’s soul with a meditative sense of comfort and ease that wafts lightly and gently through and around the mind, like the way the scented smoke of slow-burning fragrant incense dances in the air enticing one’s olfactory sense.

The Hang is a product of consciousness unfolding in the 21st century. If the Hang brings a sense of magic and heavenly wonder to our ears, it should not be surprising to us who live in an age of spiritual awakening.

The following two videos will introduce you to the Hang and its ethereal sound.

Now here are some examples of Hang music played by very talented Hang musicians who are accomplished artists in their own right.

Basics of Creating Hang Melodies

Meditation: Motion I

Daniel Waples Playing the Hang/Spacedrum at Edinburgh

“Midnite” by Daniel Waples

More of Daniel Waples Performing Inside a Tunnel

Hang Playing Hedge Monkeys – “North, East, West, South”

Aikyo Quartet Playing “Granada” (Hang, Bells, Flute and Cello)

Peter Levitov and Maxime le Royer – “Firefly”

“Time Enigma” by Justin Godfrey

Spacedrum Solo by Yuki Koshimoto

What a remarkable musical instrument the Hang is! You can find more Hang music online at YouTube.

About Marc of Contemplative Pathways

Marc teaches contemplative meditation in the context of "contemporary mysticism" under the style of "Contemplative Pathways." His spiritual work is backed by a profound understanding of mystical teachings and the mystical life, that is rooted in fifty (50) years of personal study, practice and spiritual unfoldment (inner realization and spiritual experience).  In the course of his spiritual journey, he has received the gifts of mystical discernment and spiritual transmission. Marc has been conducting classes and meetings on contemporary mysticism and meditation at the San Francisco Bay Area for over fifteen years, usually in a classroom, lecture, seminar, workshop, online meeting, or group practice setting. He has facilitated study groups and workshops for centering/contemplative meditation practice meetings since the 1980s. Marc's teaching work meaningfully shifts consciousness in students through the process of spiritual transmission and mystical transformation.  He enables others to embark on the spiritual journey by understanding the Truth teaching and by living its principles in their daily lives. His methodology of instruction is divinely inspired and firmly rooted in pure, authentic mysticism.  Marc's approach to the subject of contemporary mysticism is essentially nondenominational, nonsectarian, culturally interfaith, transreligious, definitively unitive, and unequivocally nondualistic. Within the context of the great shift in consciousness presently occurring all over the planet, Marc’s work focuses on individual and collective spiritual instruction and transformation. He promotes the practice of contemplation or meditation as the vehicle for spiritual transcendence and ascension to the higher dimensions of mystical consciousness. His other contributions to worldwide spiritual awakening and the global contemplative movement include spiritual mentoring, spiritual direction, and spiritual healing work. Marc is firmly committed to the vision of a global spiritual awakening and the divine promise of humanity’s mystical illumination. His brand of mysticism is the only true contemporary mysticism born of 21st century illumination and spirituality.  
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