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The Hang- a great Swiss invention

played by Daniel Waples- I could listen to him all day.

http://youtu.be/F0h4syLlw5g

http://www.hanginbalance.com

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Re: The Hang- a great Swiss invention

Oh for sure its definitely one of the best new musical instruments. If only I had the budget and the proper equipment to record it.....
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Re: The Hang- a great Swiss invention

I'd just love to buy one and learn...Amazing.

First time I ever heard it was in Luzern- a Swiss street player who also had the most amazing voice- like a Tibetan monk siniging from the guts. If anyone knows who this guy is- I'd love to know if I can buy some of his music. He also played the Alpine horn- had one of those carbon fibre folding ones that fitted in a small suitase. We stayed there for about 2 hrs, listening to him- OH had to drag me away.

Trying to get Daniel Waples to come and play at the Neuchâtel Buskers festival next year. He said he will teach me if I put him up and feed him- v. good looking and dreads, lol (but old enough to be my grandson, hey ho).
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Re: The Hang- a great Swiss invention

The first time I heard it was amongst the concrete slabs at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. It gave me goose pimples and heightened my emotions even more. Hauntingly beautiful.
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Old 23.02.2015, 17:44
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Re: The Hang- a great Swiss invention

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rXcdcDB2S8&
Another player.
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Re: The Hang- a great Swiss invention

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I'd just love to buy one and learn...Amazing.
As it looks to be a diatonic instrument it should be pretty simple - you can't really hit a bum note.

However you would need 12 of them to cover all western keys and standard scales, and you'd be stuck to one octave

Actually I'm now quite interested as well.
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Re: The Hang- a great Swiss invention

Slaphead- that would do me fine. I am a absolute musical failure, born of musical parents. Mum played the piano and cello to professional standard, dad played the trombone and saxophone. They did everything they could to get me interested- but I just wanted to ski, play hockey and climb trees- and listen to rock- and went to live in London to be near the late 60s music scene (Isle of Wight 1970 being the highlight).

My parents were so proud that our daughters both got Grade 8 piano, and one grade 5 cello and the other grade 5 clarinet and sax. Talents do jump generations at times. I do so envy people who can play an instrument well. OH never had a chance to learn- pennies were very tight and then his other studies and work took every second of his time. But at the ripe old age of 63 when we got here, he decided to learn..... the accordion! The one instrument I can't stand- having never learnt to even read music. he is so determined and has a brilliant teacher (I teach her kids English and German in exchange)- who is a very famous Swiss player- and he has become quite proficient- fortunately learning jazz and French tunes of the 60s instead of Swiss humpah style (pheeew). He is so clever and determined- whereas I just give up if I don't get it straightaway! (he needs the patient of a Saint to be married to me for almost 44 years, hey)!

You can't buy a hang from any shop- and you have to go and visit the makers and make a case for yourself- they only sell to you if they like you, your music and attitude, etc. Daniel said he would intercede for me
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Re: The Hang- a great Swiss invention

Thanks for sharing. Lovely sounds!

Never heard of the Neuchâtel Buskers festival before, but that sounds like a great reason to visit Neuchâtel soon!
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Re: The Hang- a great Swiss invention

It is huge fun- and the artists are very carefully selected and all excellent. Get in touch if you come along.

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Re: The Hang- a great Swiss invention

buskers festival is great! we love to go each year. wonderful atmosphere and things to see. a friend of ours came from france a few years ago with no way to get in touch with the hang makers (i think in bern) she happened to find them and had a serendipitous meeting with them and then returned in a few months to pick up her hang drum. not a usual story but she was very devoted and very lucky. it's a really cool instrument- haunting sound
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Re: The Hang- a great Swiss invention

The first time I've heard somebody play the "hang" was at a little market in Zurich's Niederdorf. I liked the soothing way it sounded. Also, as OP mentioned, it is quite appealing, that you cannot just go out and buy a "Hang"; possible buyers get carefully selected.
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The first time I've heard somebody play the "hang" was at a little market in Zurich's Niederdorf. I liked the soothing way it sounded. Also, as OP mentioned, it is quite appealing, that you cannot just go out and buy a "Hang"; possible buyers get carefully selected.
I find it odd that there should be restriction on who should own a so-called musical instrument. That's about as anti art and creativity as possible.
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I find it odd that there should be restriction on who should own a so-called musical instrument. That's about as anti art and creativity as possible.
on one hand, I can understand that they want to maintain a high standard of quality with these instruments. on the other hand, it's like you said: they restrict art and creativity by only allowing a select few to acquire them. Imagine if the same approach was had with guitar? Countless genres of music would be lost.
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Re: The Hang- a great Swiss invention

It's possible to buy a copy; it's only the original manufacturer who applies this control.
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It's possible to buy a copy; it's only the original manufacturer who applies this control.
Is this a bit like a Strad then? Lots of those around, authentic copieso
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It's possible to buy a copy; it's only the original manufacturer who applies this control.
Not legally. The unique steel hardening process for the Hang is patented.
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Re: The Hang- a great Swiss invention

This is a great one, if you are into this sort of thing...

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Re: The Hang- a great Swiss invention

Never heard of this before. Are they all played by hipsters?
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Re: The Hang- a great Swiss invention

Strange name to give it ..... even in DE it translates to slope or hillside, which is only vaguely representative of the shape; but maybe something a bit more applicable and imaginative could have been found?

Unless, of course, you know different ......
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Never heard of this before. Are they all played by hipsters?

Hippies, not hipsters
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