17th March 2021
The Hang Balu enables a musical exchange in a collective, far away from expectations and pressure to perform. The Balu instruments offer themselves as a common denominator, as a universal language to which everyone has access. If you play collectively, you only need a small contribution from the individual player to create a complex network of sounds together — always carried by the pulse, the bass.
Some examples of playing together on the Hang Balu-Set can be found here.
The purchase price for a sound sculpture “Hang Balu” (including natural fibre case, backpack, cleaning fluid and 7.7% VAT) is CHF2500.
A Balu-Duo (2 Balu instruments, including natural fibre case, backpack, cleaning fluid and 7.7% VAT) costs CHF4500.
A full Balu-Set (Hang Balu Sui, Hang Balu Sai, Hang Balu Sei, Hang Godo, including natural fibre case, backpack, cleaning fluid and 7.7% VAT) is CHF6000.
Hang® Bal playing is a dance. The player himself or herself becomes an instrument. Hang® Bal playing allows space for the individual based on a collective groove. Together, a free round dance arises. Whoever has music inside will find a place here.
The PANArt tuners have continued to work on the lens shape in recent years, expanding it with the Hang Gubal and Hang Bal into a pulsating sound of a vessel and creating an instrument family with the Hang Balu, which is already being actively played by several groups.
The Hang Balu returns to the lenticular form of the "classical" sound sculpture Hang, comes very close to its sound with its cathedral effect, but with its pulse character it represents an important further development to collective playing.
Our previous publications about the Hang® can be found in the Hang Library.
On eBay and other sales platforms on the Internet second-hand Hanghang are offered at excessively high prices. These include instruments which are out of tune or those whose sound was strongly modified by other tuners. Sometimes instruments from other manufacturers are wrongly offered as "hang drums", which infringes our trade mark Hang®. Furthermore, you must be aware that those adverts are sometimes attempted frauds. In this context we also refer to our statement from January 2013.
The Hang® Godo is a hand played percussion instrument. It does not only represent a percussive challenge, but also requires players with ears for melodic bass pulses. The pulses of the Helmholtz resonance are surprisingly strong and can be used in a variety of muscial styles.
The Hang® Gudu is a talking pot which requires nimble hands. This happily chattering vessel calls for soul-infused playing, which embeds it in the pulse of the Urgu or the Gubal. It also easily finds its place in many conventional instrumental ensembles. Mastery of the Hang® Gudu will make learning how to play the Gubal and Urgu easier.
The Hang® Urgu is an outwardly unassuming sound sculpture, whose treasures lie within. This harmonically tuned pot with an in-turned neck is an exacting instrument. It forms the Pang ensemble's bass foundation.
The Gubal shown here has only been built by PANArt in isolated cases since 2019.
The PANArt tuners have continued to work on the lenticular shape in the past years and have created the Hang Balu, an instrument that is already actively played by several groups.
The Hang Balu returns to the lenticular form of the "classical" sound sculpture Hang, with its cathedral effect coming very close to its sound world, but with its pulse character it represents an important further development to collective playing.
About the Gubal
The Hang® Gubal allows the player to reinforce his own inner music. Opening up the potential of its musical possibilities (percussion, bass and harmony) requires musical talent, as exploration of new musical territory is what this instrument is all about. When joined by other instruments, it is important to ensure that they do not drown out the Gubal.
The string instruments Pang® Sui, Pang® Sai and Pang® Sei are part of the Pang ensemble. This is the PANArt tuner team's orchestra. Those interested in the concept of peaceful interplay of strings and metal sound sculptures may visit us in Bern and join us in play after work.