Hanging on a Hang
Today we featured an interview with James Hood, former drummer with The Pretenders and founder of Moodswings. Now he plays the Hang drum. You can hear him talk about it in the Echoes Podcast. The Hang is an instrument that looks like a flying saucer or two woks tuck together. With tuned indentations and/or bumps it makes the warmest most serene sound, mellower and more supple steel drum. The instrument is only 15 years old and Will Clipman was the first musician I saw with one. But below are a few examples of Hang playing, starting with videos by James Hood & The Portico Quartet and moving on to the many street musician videos that pop up on Youtube and Facebook all the time. Some of these may not use “official” PanArts Hangs, which are now very hard to find, but the effect is the same.