James Hood Hanging on a Hang

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James Hood Playing Hang on Echoes

James Hood Playing Hang on Echoes

One of my favorite albums of the 21st century remains the CD Horizontal by Moodswings.  It was a perfect CD of ambient expanses, melodically tuned and atmospherically vast.  The man behind that album was James Hood.  After a lifetime in music, including playing drums with The Pretenders, he disappeared.  Twelve years later, he’s back with a new double CD called Ceremony and a new instrument called the Hang.  The Hang is a metal percussion instrument that looks like a flying saucer with dents. Invented in 2000 by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer, the creators call it a sound sculpture. Don’t you dare call it a drum. They have stopped producing them, making the instrument rare.  James Hood has three of them.  CeremonyIt’s a seductive instrument in form and sound, with a space age design and sonorous tones.  Jame Hood has become addicted to the Hang and he’s unplugged to make an “almost” pure hang drum recording on Ceremony .  I wrote the liner notes for the album, which has just been released.  Hear James Hood talk about his Hang epiphany tonight on Echoes.

John Diliberto (((echoes)))

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