Hang Drums & Pleasure

Hang drums are an incredible instrument which invokes feelings of deep pleasure in the listener.  The following video is about a documentary about two hang drum players and their journey through India. Daniel Waples & James Winstanley met in a local market in India in 2010 and began to play to music together the next day. To date they have recorded two albums and have been performing together all around the World as a handpan duo.

About the Hang Drums:

The Hang is a musical instrument in the idiophone class created by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer in Bern, Switzerland. The name of their company is PANArt Hangbau AG. The Hang is sometimes referred to as a hang drum, but the inventors consider this a misnomer and strongly discourage its use.

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.