The Trinidadian people gave a gift to the world: the sweet sound of steel. Each individual has to find out what is meant by this gift. You have to live it, to eat it, do digest it. In 1994 the steel orchestra Original Bernese Oil Company organized the first international Panyard in Europe. It was an insight into the nature of this gift from Trinidad, into the nature of human beings. This is a glimpse of the closing party. Enjoy!
The art of the metal sound sculptor resides above all in his ability to construct his sound sculpture as an intercommunicating system of energy stores. The complexity of these instruments also has consequences for their players.
A song dedicated to sheet metal sound sculptors and to those who would like to become one – by Felix Rohner, tuner
The call of iron has taken us, here at PANArt, a big step further. Pang, the sheet that serves as PANArt’s raw material, has over recent months given birth to novel resonance bodies. These have come together to form the Pang ensemble. The creative path has led us away from the sound sculpture Hang, and towards Pang’s other potentialities: instruments whose bodies can also bring forth a driving, pulsating bass.
The Hang® Gudu is a talking pot which requires nimble hands. This happily chattering vessel calls for soul-infused playing.
The deep bass sounds of Gubal, Urgu and Hang Gudu are the musical foundation of the Pang ensemble. However, the little loudspeakers in smartphones, tablets or notebooks and many earphones don’t play back these sounds. Therefore we recommend listening to this video only with good speakers or headphones.
The PANArt team is calling it a day by joining for a Pang play. Extracts of these early evening sessions can be found here. Intended for enjoyment in silence, for dancing and as inspiration for your own Pang play.
After the inebriant sounds of the Hang the Pang steel sheet has undergone a deep transformation into the Gubal wich is now unleashing a pulsing bass. This instrument is now suitable for playing together. But with whom? The traditional instruments are in general considerably louder and have purer tuning than the Gubal, wich renders playing together rather difficult. On searching for a suitable solution for this problem we had the idea of building those instruments ourselves: the Pang string instruments Pang Sei, Pang Sai and Pang Sui were born.
Gubal and Hang Gudu are closely related: We call them grandmother and grandchild. They interact intensively keeping the groove alive.
With ‘Secrets of the Steelpan – Unlocking the Secrets of the Science, Technology, Tuning and Operation of the Steelpan’ Dr. Anthony Achong is presenting his life’s work, a summary of his extensive studies on the steelpan. Here you can read a review by PANArt tuner Felix Rohner.