may all beings be happy

2 settembre 2009
Siena, una sera di giugno

Siena, una sera di giugno


18 commenti

  1. ah!
    un hang.


  2. @Auro: È così che si chiama? Ma tu sai tutto, grazie!
    Magia, assolutamente.
    La facciata del Duomo di Siena al tramonto, la luce, e quella musica: Maria era ipnotizzata, e non si staccava più di lì, l’abbiamo dovuta portare via di peso, io e la sua amica Hanna che è quella lì accanto.
    Secondo me avrebbe seguito quel tipo ovunque, come il pifferaio di Hameln.

  3. cos’è l’hang? un parente dell’Hang Seng?
    Arte ma tua figlia e la sua amica erano scalze?
    bella Siena, bella la sua provincia, buoni i pici all’aglione…

  4. @Josif: Googlalo immediatamente!


    Mia figlia e Hanna erano scalze, yessir, e io sentivo mio padre (fissato con la pulizia e le infezioni) rivoltarsi nella tomba…
    Maria odia le scarpe, specialmente se fa caldo le piace sentire la pietra sotto i piedi, e io penso che toglierle il piacere di questa sensazione sia crudele. Ma preferisco non pensare a cosa potrebbe calpestare.
    Per fortuna Siena è una città pulitissima.

    Il problema è stato quando poi hanno suonato al Conservatorio di Siena dove sono tutti stiratissimi, e loro scalze.

    I pici all’aglione li abbiamo mangiati proprio quel giorno lì! Buoni sì!

  5. da santa Wikipedia, patrona delle enciclopedie digitali e sterminatrice di quelle cartacee

    A Hang [haŋ] (pronunciation between the vowel sounds in the word ‘Hot’ and ‘Hungry’) is a harmonically tuned steel idiophone created by PANArt in Switzerland. It uses some of the same physical principles as a steelpan but with a nitrided surface and structural change of having two clamped shells with a small opening so that the instrument is a Helmholtz Resonator. There was a lot of metallurgical and acoustic research by the makers which led to significant changes in structure, design, and process. The creation of the Hang was the result of many years of research on the steelpan as well as the study of a diverse collection of instruments from around the world; such as gongs, gamelan, ghatam, drums, bells, etc. Ghatam/Udu-like sounds can be produced using the Helmholtz resonance that occurs within the clamped shallow shells. The Hang also has the capacity to ring like a singing bowl.

    The instrument has sometimes been referred to by owners and others as a hang drum, because it is often played like a drum, its relation to the steel drum, and its popularity with hand drummers. While this is true, there are other ways to coax sound out of a Hang that do not involve ‘drumming’. The creators do not call it a drum either, but instead tend to refer to it as a ‘sound sculpture’, which could be considered appropriate as it is hand made and has sculptural/architectural elements as well as sonic ones.

    The Hang is typically played resting on the player’s lap, and can also be played on a stand. The Hang is generally played with the hands and fingers instead of mallets, so the sound is generally softer and ‘warmer’ than a traditional steelpan. Depending on how it is played the notes can sound like a harp, bells, or harmonically tuned steelpans.

    The Hang was developed in 2000 in Berne, Switzerland by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer (PANArt Hangbau AG) and introduced at the Frankfurt Music Fair in 2001. Its name comes from the Bernese German word for hand. The two deep drawn steel hemispheres of the Hang are hardened by a process known as gas-nitriding. The side considered the ‘bottom’ has an opening (Gu) in the center which is the bass note. When it is played in a dampened way it can change in pitch similar to a talking drum. On the ‘top’ are seven (in the bass version of the Hang) or eight (treble version which is no longer produced) notes arranged in a ‘Tone Circle’ in zig-zag fashion from low to high. All are tuned harmonically (with fundamental, octave and the fifth above the octave) around a low note (Ding) at the center of the Tone Circle.

    There are only two people who make Hanghang (plural form of Hang), the inventors Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer. They have a little workshop in Berne where every Hang in existence was created. From 2000 to 2005 the Hang was offered in multiple scales ranging from fifteen to up to forty five different ‘Sound Models’. The center note (Ding) ranged from a E3 to A3 in the instruments often referred to as the First Generation Hanghang. The Hang Makers took their initial inspiration from ethnomusicological roots with models such as the Aeolian, Ake Bono, Hijaz, Melog, Pygmy, and Zhi Diao.

    In the spring of 2006 the Hang Makers presented a new generation of Hanghang. The new instruments (often referred to as 2nd Generation) have a surface coating of annealed brass over the nitrided steel as well as a ring of brass around the circumference of the Hang. From the many different scales the Hang Makers reduced to a more stable and consistent structure consisting of a lowered central note (Ding) at D3. Most New Generation models have two A notes (A3 and A4) as well as another D (D4) in the Tone Circle around the Ding. The remaining notes were mixed into several different configurations. Older Hanghang had tone fields with the oval indentation oriented radially towards the Ding, with the 2007 models (as well as the Integral Hang) the tone fields are angled at about 45° from a line drawn from the Ding to the edge so both overtone ‘sweet spots’ are easy to reach from the Ding. They also started marking the individual serial number on the inside of the Gu opening and signing each Hang at the outside edge of the Gu side of the Hang.

    In the spring of 2008 the Hang Makers presented a new Hang referred to as the Integral Hang. Numbers began again with an H in front (H1, H2, etc.) and it appears the first were created in November 2007. Several changes mark the Integral Hang. It now has only one scale (D3 Ding, A3, Bb3, C4, D4, E4, F4, A4). While the circumference remains a circle, the Gu side has been shaped very slightly as an oval from the spherical. Along with that shift, the Gu hole is now a subtly oval shape which creates two Gu ringing ‘notes’ – F and an F#. Significant changes have been made to the Ding (center note on the top). It now has a circular indentation in the dome and has a texture of brass applied, annealed, and then lacquered. The PANArt logo, serial number, date of finalization, and signatures of the Hang Makers are now on Gu side of the Hang near the equator where the two shells meet.

    In 2006 the Hang Makers stopped shipping instruments directly and halted sales through retailers.[1] With that change PANArt indicated that to obtain a Hang, prospective customers were to mail a letter by post requesting an instrument. In 2007, purchasers were invited to Bern with an appointment time to select an instrument. With the distribution of the Integral Hang beginning in 2008, purchasers could choose between requesting an appointment in Bern, or having their Integral Hang shipped to them. In June 2008 there were reports, by those who had sent letters, of correspondence sent by PANArt indicating that the production of Integral Hang instruments had been spoken for, and that after the last Integral Hang was given to an owner (sometime in 2009) PANArt would take a “longer break” to decide how they would proceed in regards to the Hang. Requests received by mail and responded to would not be “thrown away” but the letter writers would be placed on a list.

    In March of 2009 another letter was sent from PANArt as a response to written requests indicating that they “will of course continue making hanghang” but “will not be able to sell you a Hang this year” indicating that a break for a few months would be taken to develop and research the Hang further. They also indicated “we will inform you about our activities at the end of the year”.

    An update in what it means to write a letter to PANArt requesting an Integral Hang was recently written by a visitor to PANArt. It was indicated that a request letter is not an order that is entered into a list based on date. PANArt decides whom they invite for a Hang purchase partly by the date of the letter but also based on other factors. It is possible that some have to wait longer than others. If one knows the date a letter was written from a person who gets an appointment for an Integral Hang, this doesn’t indicate anything for any other person who’s written a letter.

    Worldwide offers for used Hanghang are rare, and prices in Internet auctions have been exceptionally high. This has been due to several factors including an increased demand since 2006 (high YouTube exposure), a reduction in supply due to changes in the manufacture and distribution of Hanghang. Another impact is the sales/re-tuning agreement PANArt has required since 2008 that discourages resale of a Hang by the owner at a price higher than it was obtained for.

    suoni dell’Hang

    ma la VERA DOMANDA e’

    Chi è AURO e come ha fatto a riconoscere l’Hang?

    scatta l’indagine!

  6. ah! e tu pensi che ti possa rispondere tramite un post online?

    che tipo che sei, Josif! un simpaticone 🙂

    cmq – entra in un negozio di musica, vai nell’angolo un po’ bistrattato da tutti, quello in ombra con la roba “alternativa”, e cercati l’ottimo (ed ahime’ per ora unico) album dei Portico Quartet.

    quando ti sarai reso conto che il cd ha i segni causa migliaia di km percorsi nel tuo lettore casalingo, saprai riconoscere un hang ad occhi chiusi.

  7. @Auro: Be prepared, ora verrai googlato senza pietà, è il destino di chi frequenta questo blog (e non solo).

    Portico Quartet: me lo appunto subito.

    @Josif: Secondo me tu hai un hang-over, forse è questo il problema.
    Ma quando fai il copia-incolla, non potresti limitarti a degli estratti, oppure mettere direttamente il link a wikipedia?

  8. Arte, il suggerimento è apprezzabile.
    Hang Over? Was ist das?
    mi sa che a forza di cercare e scavare mi si è inFELTRIto il cervello…


    Con pale e con picconi noi ogni dì veniamo qua
    E’ il tipo di lavoro che ci dà felicità
    Ed è perchè qui sotto c’è
    I diamanti e d’or una grande quantità
    E così, e così, e così, e così…
    Ci trovate sempre qui!
    Da mattina a sera siamo intenti a lavorar
    Scaviamo e spicconiamo tutto quello che ci par
    Troviam diamanti in quantità
    E altre gemme d’ogni qualità
    Anche se ne abbiamo da buttar
    Noi seguitiamo a scavar!
    Ehi Hooooo…
    Ehi Hooooo…
    Ehi Hooooo…
    Ehi Hooooo!!!!!
    Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, a casa a riposar!
    Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho,a casa a riposar!
    Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho!
    Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho!
    Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, a casa a riposar!
    Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, a casa a riposar!
    Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho!
    Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho, Ehi Ho!

  9. Josif, io comincio a preoccuparmi.

  10. Io ho smesso di preoccuparmi. Da tanto, tanto tempo.

  11. Non sono brava come voi nerd a mettere i link, però ho scoperto che questo strumento si suona anche qui, e in una versione particolarmente bella, anche se la qualità del video è pessima (ma la luce serale estiva compensa ampiamente).

  12. detesto i musicisti di strada, questo hang mi sembra roba da freakkettoni e quei 3 in norvegia sono davvero sfigati, specialmente la flautista, climax zero…

    quanto a questo blog, anch’io comincio seriamente a preoccuparmi e pertanto mi anonimizzo.

  13. Sì, tu ti anonimizzi ma il tuo nome a me appare e io lo vedo!


    Ma non ti getterò in pasto al Grande Googlatore.

    Eh ma per te i flautisti sono sempre e comunque sfigati, tu sostieni che è il flauto stesso che porta sfiga, figuriamoci.

    Invece io ti dico una cosa: indovina quale altro strumento ha iniziato a studiare Maria? (Ma NON lascia il cello).

  14. Il bongo? Meglio il bongo del bong-.-.-.-.-.

  15. e comunque io non uso “solo” Google
    meglio i metamotori.
    e meglio ancora


  16. Cara Arte, cari tutti,

    me ne vado in vacanza per un paio di settimane. Inutile dire che mi asterrò «da ogni prestazione in video e in voce» (ma nel mio caso, at the keyboard)!

    Ci si risente dal 21 settembre.

    A bientôt,


  17. Inutile dire.

    Take care.

  18. ssssttt…

    tutti zitti…

    è andato?

    Francesco, puoi uscire da sotto il divano.


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