Dontcha just hate havin’ to learn new stuff? Anyhow, while El Blimpo is clubbing in London, I thought I would try my ‘maiden’ post at the new home (look Ma, no safety net). Took a long time to figure that registering with WordPress.org doesn’t open any doors, but I eventually cracked the secret of how to get a New Post thingy. (You have to pull out the third book along on the top shelf in the library, right?)
So, to business. Some of you may have heard of the hang drum. It’s got nothing to do with hanging – the word ‘hang’ is from a Swiss dialect, and means ‘hand’. It’s a relatively new invention by some Swiss folk, who seem to jealously guard the idea, and each one is made to order – no mass production. They are therefore still relatively unusual, though I see the occasional busker with one. They sound a bit like a Trinidadian steel drum, and given that I grew up there, perhaps I’m more than usually attracted to the sound. No doubt they can be incorporated into most types of music, but the tracks I’ve come across are mostly gentle, soothing, trippy-hippy instrumentals (one album is called “Music for deep sleep”!). You can read more about the history and technical aspects of the hang drum here.
A selection of hang music follows (hopefully)
Although I followed the instructions for Titles and Artists meticulously, none appear, at least in Preview. In case anyone wants to know, the playlist comprises:
And the groove – Davide Swarup
Rainbow – Ann Malone
Bergamot – Neil Golden
Solar Plexus – Trevor Namaste
Loca – Ravid
Right on, or twee? Whaddayathink?
EDIT: My apologies to Blimpy for having missed his earlier post on the same topic (and with the same Title!!) – read it HERE