December 06, 2016

The PanArt Hang (Drum) & Handpans | Swiss Design Steelpan Hybrid

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This article was originally posted to the Blog Santiwah (www.santiwah.typepad.com). We are re-posting it here since "King Carnival is about to take hold of Trinidad and Tobago once again" and the steel pan competitions will come into play once again. The Hang should be of interest to steel-pan enthusiasts if only as a curiosity!

If you come across the 'hang', one would think that it was formed from the design of the traditional steel-pan of Trinidad and Tobago. Indeed, the idea was born out of a study of the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago. The World has taken note of the national instrument and have come up with another creation but this time it was not done by Trinidadians but creative people who saw the potential of the steel-pan and took it to a different level of musical creativity.  My first impression after listening to the instrument was that it sounded like someone tuning a traditional steel-pan. However, if you go to YouTube you can find some really interesting 'playing or drumming' with this relatively new instrument (hand-drum).

The Hang (pronounced "hung") has been called 'The Musical Flying Saucer' comes from Bern, Switzerland and is the creation of Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer of  PANArt limited. Now everyone knows that the word 'pan' is used to reference the steel-pan  in Trinidad and 'back in the day' they used the term 'beat pan' when referring to playing the pan. The company name used for the Hang references the word Pan (PANArt) and the sound from the instrument is obtained by 'beating' the tonal area with the bare hand.

The Swiss innovators studied the steel-pan and other instruments from around the world including the Gong, Gamelan, Ghatam, drums, Bells and Singing Saw before innovating and coming up with this unique saucer 'pan design'.  The  word 'HANG' is Burmese for hand and not surprisingly the instrument is played using your hands.

The instrument looks like a pan turned upside down and reminds me of watching Boogsie playing the steel-pan upside down. However, 'The Hang' consists of two hemispheres of steel fused together is a unique fashion and is played using bare hands instead of 'pan sticks'.  One side (top) is called the 'DING Side' while the bottom area (vented in the middle) is called the 'GU Side'. It is used like a drum and is played similarly. The DING side has eight notes tuned to scale while the GU side is designed without notes (one side is played). The sound is similar to the steel-pan but different (listen to the sound from the YouTube video provided below).

Here is a clip from the the Wikipedia article "The Hang":
"The Hang uses some of the same physical principles as a steel-pan 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.The creation of the Hang was the result of many years of research on the steel pan as well as the study of a diverse collection of instruments from around the world such as gongs, gamelan, ghatam, drums and bells.Metallurgical and acoustic research by the makers has led to significant changes and refinement in structure, design, and process over the years since the first Hang was offered."

Here is another reference to the steel-pan from the same article but this time about 'Playing the Hang':
"The Hang is typically played resting on the player's lap. The Hang is generally played with the hands and fingers instead of mallets. This lighter playing tends to produce a complex overtone-rich sound that could be considered 'softer' and 'warmer' than the 'bright' sound of a mallet based traditional steel-pan."
©Wikipedia

Here is an example of how 'The Hang' is played and the sound that emanates from the instrument. There are many videos on YouTube regarding 'The Hang'. Go ahead and view some - it is a very interesting instrument.
This is a Hang and Handpan Comparison Video

 
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Wine Up | KES the Band | Trinidad & Tobago 2017

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Photo courtesy JulianPromos

Fans of KES the Band have something to celebrate this morning with the release of their latest song entitled "Wine Up" for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2017.  We are fans of KES the Band but this one has an "after Carnival feel to it". What do we mean by that? Well, simply put, it feels like a song for mid-year release. However, Kees insists that he is on a mission to 'bring some love to the carnival"! Who is going to complain about that... Kees is boss!

I am not sure about the music genre to label this one and it appears that the production team have not figured it out either. We noticed that  it is posted under, Reggae, R&B Soul and Soca... make up your minds guys!

Now having said all the above we have to state that this is a really sweet vibe. Who cares how they label it? We just pointed out the obvious but the track is a class one... love it and so will you!

If you have something to say about the song then please use the comment feature of this posting to share your thoughts (about the song/production) here with your peers. All comments will be published.

Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: Wine Up
Performed by: KES the Band (lead singer Kees Diefenthaller)
Written by:***
Produced by: Jazzyfeezy
Mixed and Mastered: Johann Seaton of Madmen Productions

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
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December 05, 2016

Who Am I To You | Tarrus Riley | Jamaica/Trinidad &Togago 2017

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Trinidad and Tobago is going to break a record for new music releases for Carnival 2017! Today we present one produced by Dale Ryan & Emmanuel Rudder from Trinidad. The singer is the very popular Tarrus Riley out of Jamaica. The song is entitled "Who Am I". Go ahead and listen to the song and when you are done let us know what you think about the production.

Music Release Notes:
Tarrus Riley teamed up with the songwriters (Dale Ryan & Emmanuel Rudder) that worked on his “memorable” collaboration in carnival 2016 to work on his new single “Who Am I To You”.

The marriage between the universal topic, nuances and the Soca fused instrumentation on this track gives room for wider listener-ship and appreciation to audiences in and out of carnival

Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: Who Am I
Performed by: Tarrus Riley
Written by: Dale Ryan & Emmanuel Rudder from Trinidad.
Recorded by: jukebox productions from Jamaica.
Produced & Mixed by: Cherrod Lewis from Anguilla.
Mastered by: Grammy winning engineer Tom Coyne from NY.

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
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Chutney Soca Music Releases | Trinidad & Tobago 2017

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This is for Chutney Soca music lovers! Today we present a YouTube play-listing with over five dozen (62 listed) Chutney Soca Tracks! Yes you can have your doubles and eat it too! This play-list comes to you compliments of WotlessTrinidadian.

If you want more "Chutney Sounds" then go to the WotlessTrinidadian YouTube page and select one of the play-list for your Chutney musical fill-up!

Link to WotlessTrinidadian's YouTube Page here: WotlessTrinidadian/Playlists

Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: Chutney Soca
Performed by: Various Artists

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
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We Dey | Skinny Fabulous | Trinidad & Tobago/SVG 2017

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Skinny Fabulous says "We Dey" for Trinidad and Tobago's 2017 Carnival celebrations. This song is one of four songs released on the V13 Riddim produced by Adigun, Salty Soundz and Stadic Productions.

We are interested in hearing from you; tell us what you think about this latest offering from Saint Vincent's ace singer Skinny Fabulous. Please use the comment feature of this posting to share your thoughts about the production with your peers. All comments will be published.

Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: We Dey
Performed by: Skinny Fabulous
Written by: Gamal Doyle
Back Vocals by: Gamal Doyle and Danielle Veira
Recorded at: 4th Dimension
Produced by: Adigun and Salty Soundz and Stadic
Mixed and Mastered by: Stadic Music
Artwork by: Lee Designs Ltd.

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
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De Wuk | DJ Future | Trinidad & Tobago 2017

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DJ Future has a very 'catchy track' entitled "De Wuk" just released for all 'fetologists' in party mode for Trinidad and Tobago's 2017 Carnival. Of course you can carry over this one for Crop Over... this song will easily fit in for Kadooment 2017!
This song has a change of vibe but one that is very infectious. We approve and we expect that you will find favor with DJ Future's offering.

If you want to add to the conversation then please use the comment feature of this posting to add your comments. Stay involved and let the artist know how you feel about his work! All comments will be published.

Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: De Wuk
Performed by: DJ Future
Written by: D Natural & DJ Future
Produced Mixed & Mastered by: DJ Future Of Syndicate Music

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
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Wake Up | Machel Montano | Trinidad & Tobago 2017

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If you have been wondering what was the deal with Machel Montano then we have good new for you... new music for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2017. The song is entitled "Wake Up" and the bass on this vibe will surely wake up anyone... go ahead and 'disturb the neighbors and them'!

You and call this one a 'bacchanal love ballad'! The writers (and there are many of them), wrote a Carnival love story that reminds us that 'the ting just start'. When it comes to new music and especially new music releases from the only 'King of Soca' there is always excitement, good music, haters and eventually everyone is beaten down to the talent of the 'Monk'.

Love him or hate him, he is the best! We favor the music production and love the heavy bass vibe that the producers, Adigun, Salty Soundz and Stadic brought to the table. Of course Machel's voice sounds great on just about any vibe.

Having lauded praises for this music release there is just one thing to take note of regarding something sounding familiar. If you listen attentively you may get a flashback to "EPIC". Maybe it is just us at this end and maybe we are wrong... some feedback from the fans should put this to rest!

Now we need to hear from you.. fans and haters! Please use the comment feature of this posting to share your thoughts about the song here with your peers. All comments will be posted.

Production Notes/Music Credits:
Song Title: Wake Up
Performed by: Machel Montano

Written by: Kit Israel, Emmanuel Rudder, Keegan Taylor, Machel Montano, Kevin Charles and Dwayne Celestine.
Fox Fuse, LLC./Fox Fuse, LLC./Precision Productions c/o Fox Fuse, LLC./Masuso Publishing (COTT/BMI) c/o Warner Chappell Music Canada/STB/Green Sleeve Publishing/Fox Fuse, LLC.

Background Vocals by: Kit Israel, Keegan Taylor, Emmanuel Rudder and Dale Ryan
Recorded by: Kit Israel at: Advokit Productions Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Produced by: Adigun and Salty Soundz and Stadic
Mixed and Mastered by: Stadic Music
Artwork by: Lee Designs Ltd.:

Please be advised that the music is presented here for your listening pleasure and for promotional purposes only ("Fair Use" Musical Content Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976). No copyright infringement is intended! .  We encourage you to promote the artists and their music; please don't share the music and rob the artists of needed income!
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