10/2017 Newsletter

on Friday, 27 October 2017. Posted in english blog

Our musical Instruments:

You can discover here the video of the instruments that we (Delphine and Matthieu) have finished this month:


For this video, we asked Cyrille LECOQ, composer and musician, to perform the demonstration of the instruments with a short improvisation for each one. You can discover Cyrille's compositions on his website: www.osmotic-wave.com. His album Osmotic Wave, mixes the handpan with a unique sound atmosphere that we invite you to discover.

Here is our information for each instrument on the video. No audio effects have been added when editing the video so you can listen to the sound as close as possible to the original instrument.


E/A Dorian by Matthieu - E / A B C D E F# G A (00:07)

A minor heptatonic scale that becomes the Dorian mode with its 6th augmented (the F becomes an F #). Easy to play or use as an instrument to start or accompany other players with a lot of scales. This instrument, whose surface has been covered with beeswax, gets a more felted and soft sound than those I usually make.

D/A Dorian 9 by Matthieu - D / A B C D E F# G A C (01:11)

A variant with 9 notes and with a central note down in D. This instrument has more sustain and dynamics but also cons in part a little more granulosity / texture in its sound than the previous one.

G/C Ake Bono by Delphine - G / C D Eb G Ab C D Eb (02:29)

Well known pentatonic range, with Japanese accents, quite airy. This instrument is relatively balanced and with a good dynamic in terms of sound volume but with the particularity of having a strong coupling in D5 (octave of the D4 and fifth of the central note in G3). The saturation resistance is pretty good. Handle all the same with softness so as not to activate the D5 too much. The ideal would be to come and try it on the spot.


F# AkePygNox 9 by Matthieu - F# / G# A C# D E F# G# A C# (03:56)

This is an exclusive range with great compositional potential, but perhaps not the best for beginners or those who take non-individual lessons. F # Aeolian hexatonic (-4th) I named F # AkePygNox. This versatile scale includes F # low Akebono (penta), F # low Pygmy (penta), G # locrian hexatonic (-m3), A major hexatonic (-M2), F # Equinox or the C # Phrygian hexatonic (-m7) also called F # / C # Integral. This is the most varied scale of my creations with 10 notes including the tonic in the middle of the instrument.

For me, this quality of instrument represents the high end of my current production.

C# G# A/C# "TripleBass Rider 9" by Matthieu - C# G# A / C# D E F# G# A C# (05:52)

Here is a variation of the F # AkePygNox range, unintentionally invented as a result of a problem on an instrument that I was trying to improve. The middle note normally in F # is here descended in C #. It is thus no longer possible to find all the modes that make the AkePygNox special, but something new to explore appears: the presence of three bass forming interesting chords with a tonic starting at C#4. It is a range that does not exist yet and his name is the first that came to mind ... it will certainly evolve ;)

F/Ab Equinox by Delphine - F / Ab C Db Eb F G Ab C (07:09)

Hexatonic range, again rather aerial but the presence of more serious the central note brings a balance. The instrument reacts homogeneously in its dynamics, its resistance to saturation, its sustain. The notes well dissociated from each other make it quite suitable for a percussive game.

Db F/Ab DoubleBass Equinox 9 by Matthieu - Db F/Ab C Db Eb F G Ab C (08:38)

This instrument is a prototype to test new scales but the 9 notes was a bit too ambitious. When the space between the notes becomes too weak, the sound of each note is colored by that of neighboring notes, the sound takes texture, becomes more granular and loses part of its crystalline side. I think that this type of instrument is not suitable to be sold without being tested before and compared to instruments of better quality.

C# / G# Celtic minor (or Amara) by Delphine - C# / G# B C# D E F# G# B (10:47)

Hexatonic scale, among the most serious I manufacture to date. This instrument is homogeneous in its reactions, with characteristics similar to F / Ab Equinox. A percussive game with assured strikes will put it best value. "

C# /F# Aeolian by Matthieu - C# / F# G# A B C# D E F# (12:05)

It is a natural heptatonic minor scale (7 notes per octave) and is very easy to play intuitively. The register of the instrument is very low with its 5 notes in 3rd octave. The method used for the assembly of the two shells (welding instead of gluing) means that it must remain equipped with its edge-rubber during playing.



How to get one of our sound sculpture:

We publish every month a newsletter like this one with a video of each of our latest creations. If you are interested in one of our creations, just contact us by email within 3 days (following the newsletter) by mentioning:

-          The desired instrument (it is possible to mention an order of preference up to 3 instruments)

-          If you wish to visit us in Strasbourg (France) with the date where it would be possible for you

-          If you wish to receive it by carrier.

If several people are interested in the same instrument, we will proceed to a random draw before responding to each request individually.

Here are the next dates where we will have the greatest pleasure to share our work:

- Monday 30/10/2017 in the afternoons

- Friday 03/11/2017 during the day

- Saturday 04/11/2017 during the day

- Friday 10/11/2017 in the afternoon

- Sunday 12/11/2017 during the day

Of course, booking an instrument after publication of the newsletter does not commit you to any purchase. We prefer to use this same procedure for those who just want to visit us to test instruments. We are not yet organized to receive all the visitors who request us, we know that sometimes it can be hard to understand or frustrating, but the quality of our work depends greatly on our ability to focus on achieving it. Our search for the best balance is not over yet!

All information regarding the availability and price of the instruments is noted in the description of the video.

Our pricing is based on the quality of the instruments (level of finish, level of complexity, quality of the tone of the sound, overall balance ...). A soft carrying case is provided with each instrument. It is possible to opt for a higher quality backpack bag for 50 € more. The shipping costs are 75 € for shipments in Europe and quotations for shipments in the world.



Links and other info :

How to choose a (good) Handpan ?



Just a little musical theory.



Frequently Asked Questions... and answers




More news next month!

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