The unique, ethereal and mysterious sound of the steel handpan captivates everyone. The soothing tones take the listener on a spiritual journey. We're seeing this instrument used in modern, EDM, sound therapy and as musical accompaniment for spiritual activities such as yoga or meditation.
X8 Pro Handpans are made by masters of the trade, crafting and tuning each drum by hand. Play it acoustically or add a pickup to amplify your sound.
This specific drum is tuned with a center note and eight additional notes, allowing artists to create rich, full songs either as a solo artist or as part of an ensemble.
This drum comes in the following configuration:
Material: Stainless Steel
Finish: Brushed Steel
Tuning: F Low Pygmy
Center Note: F3
Tones: F3 / G3, Ab3, C4, Eb4, F4, G4, Ab4, C5
Handpan Belt Color: Black
Weight: 10 lb.
Diameter: 23 in.
Height: 10.5 in.
Includes Heavy Duty Padded Case Backpack Bag
The Pygmy scale is a form of Dorian pentatonic scale, a mode being halfway between a minor and a major scale. The presence of intervals can be interpreted as a fourth or a minor sixth, and the several repeated fifths deliver a deep and full scale that is brilliant and resonant, making it useful in several major and minor progressions. Its gentle and sweet sound inspires introspection and meditation. According to the works of Simha Arom and Susanne Furniss-Yacoubi, the scale system of Pygmy (or Aka) music is based on an equi-pentatonic scale where intervals are loosely related to the intervals in our contemporary music system.
In this sense, the two authors explain how music intervals in Aka music tend to diffuse, leading Aka musicians to play dynamic adaptations to maintain the melodic contour of the intended sung polyphonic melody. Compared to the intervals in the contemporary equal-temperament, the intervals in Aka music can span from Maj 2nd to min 3rd, 4th to Maj 3rd, 5th to min 6th, min 7th to Maj 6. Another characteristic of this music seems to be the absence of direct half-tone jumps. According to the results of their study, there is no traditional Pygmy scale related to the common handpan version.
As of today, the Pygmy handpan scale seems to be related to the Raga Kokil Pancham, an Indian scale that has the same intervals of our beloved Dorian pentatonic version for handpan.