This video showing the manufacturing and tuning of a handpan/Hang is a bit off
topic for the Pan Page, but is shows some interesting tools and techniques that
can be of interest to a pan tuner wanting to develop the craft. It contains a
bit of discussion of the acoustics of the notes of the handpan and even
a sequence where they try to tune a frying pan!
Birdsong Steel Orchestra announces its
International Panorama Project 2020.
International Panists are invited to take advantage of a unique opportunity to
experience performing at the National Panorama Competition with a 120 piece
steelband under the musical direction of multiple Champion Panorama arranger
and Grammy award winner Robert Greenidge.
With ‘Secrets of the Steelpan – Unlocking the Secrets of the Science, Technology,
Tuning and Operation of the Steelpan’ Dr. Anthony Achong is presenting
a summary of his extensive studies on the steelpan.
This is how the publisher Xlibris US describes the book:
This book describes a truly remarkable musical instrument o the Steelpan (Pan)
o a melodic percussion instrument that produces tones of immense beauty.
This instrument is the National Instrument of the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago.
The concepts, the ideas, the theories, the physics and the mathematics contained
in this book are the answers to the question the author asked himself as a little
boy peering over the face of a ping pong steelpan, "how does it work?"
Revealed, are the subtleties and secrets of the instrument's operation,
its laws, its construction and details of its tuning.
Contained herein is the information sought by pan musicians,
pan makers, panists, pan researchers and pan lovers - nothing is left out.
The rigor of the analytical methods of this book matches,
in depth and intensity, the expert craftsmanship of the
Master Pan Maker and Tuner.
There is a unifying force within this book that combines the stick-note impacts
to the panist's creativity in his production of musical tones.
This book doesn't dodge the difficult questions;
it ends with a chapter on the exotic non-musical features of the steelpan.
A full-length film (1h 15 mins) presenting the story of
a retired doctor sailing in the West Indies, who discovers the origins of
the steel pan. Contains some interesting information regarding the building of pans
and their history.
Kevin Martin, musician and instructor, has a passion. For years, he has been
studying, performing with, composing for, and building the only instrument
created in the 20th century: the steel drum. Kevin's talk and performance gives
us insight into the social history, the musical potential, and the future of this
melodic, percussive instrument.
The E-Pan is invented and sold by NAPE – New Advanced Product Evolution Inc.
This is how NAPE presents the E-Pan:
The E-Pan name is the abbreviated short form chosen for the electronic steelpan.
This novel idea was created
using high-tech electronics to advance the invention of the traditional instrument.
The MIC Institute of Technology (MIC-IT) has launched a customised
steelpan manufacturing programme at its head office in Macoya.
This customized programme is the result of a Memorandum of Agreement
signed in July, between MIC-IT and the National Gas Company (NGC)
to benefit sponsored steel band members.