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  • Our New Livestream Series on YouTube & Facebook Live!
    January 27, 2023

    Our New Livestream Series on YouTube & Facebook Live!


    We're Launching a New Livestream Series for 2023 with our friend Kalani Das of YouTube's WORLD DRUM CLUB

    Watch this short video below recorded from a recent livestream Kalani gave on his World Drum Club YouTube channel playing our instruments while utilizing a live looper. On Sunday, January 29th, Kalani will be joined by We Play Well Together's Joule L'Adara to talk about how the instruments are played in this video, offer more live demonstrations and interact through a Q&A format. Come with any questions you have about playing intuitive instruments and we'll be ready to answer! 

    KalaniYouTube

    Kalani has been a long time friend and collaborator of We Play Well Together, so we've decided to join forces this year and offer a monthly Livestream where we can offer special interaction opportunities with our audience and customers. Look out for this on the last Sunday of the month on our YouTube Channel and Facebook Page. 

    Our First collaborative Livestream with Kalani is:

    Sunday, January 29th

    1pm PT/ 2pm MT/ 3pm CT/ 4pm ET

    Watch on YouTube Live

    Watch on Facebook Live

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  • Our newest Kalimba:  The B17 "Mini" by Hokema
    November 13, 2022

    Our newest Kalimba: The B17 "Mini" by Hokema

    Just in time for the 2022 holiday season, we introduce the new B17 "Mini" Kalimba by Hokema Kalimbas. This new model was specially designed with smaller hands in mind! The B17-Mini is more easily playable for children, young adults, and anyone with a smaller-sized hand.

    Another fun bonus of the B-17 Mini is that the metal tines are mounted more closely together. This makes it easier to play glissandos: a musical term which means "a continuous slide upward or downward between two or more notes". You can take your thumbs and run them in a sweeping motion up or down, producing with ease this delightful sound effect where the notes blend seamlessly into each other.

    B17-Mini Kalimba by Hokema

    This new B17-Mini Kalimba has the exact same musical layout and tuning of the larger B17 Kalimba (original): made from a beautiful block of American Cherry wood upon which metal tines fan out to form two-and-a-half octaves of the *C-Major diatonic scale. This kalimba starts with the bottom root note in the middle then alternates back and forth between the left and right sides played by the thumbs building up the scale from the inside opening out to the sides of the instrument. Because of this special layout, chord triads are located adjacent to each other, making different chords easy to see and therefore song accompaniment easily learnable and playable. It also comes with little "chord magnets" that allow you to mark the chords you want to play! Watch this 2-minute video to hear the sweet glissandos and see how the chord magnets function... 

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  • Introducing the Zenko ELEMENTALS: Earth / Air / Fire / Water in 432 Hz
    October 18, 2022

    Introducing the Zenko ELEMENTALS: Earth / Air / Fire / Water in 432 Hz

    Heard of Koshi Chimes?

    (Or maybe you have one!)


    These popular hanging chimes in 432 Hz from France have become "sound mediation" essential tools in recent years. We were then of course thrilled when The Metal Sounds Company decided to create a set of Zenko drum "Elementals" in corresponding tunings to match the Koshis. We knew the sound-healing folks would love these small, lightweight, beautifully sweet bell-like melodic drums that could be incorporated so seamlessly into a sound-bath setup. 

      

    At half the size (and half the price-point) of the larger Zenko Tongue-Drums, our community has nicknamed these the "baby turtles" and shown them lots of love so far. (And while they're tuned in 432 Hz to match the Koshis, we will have versions in 440 hz available as well soon.)

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    Zenko Elementals

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  • All About Metal Sounds
    May 6, 2022

    All About Metal Sounds

    Metal Sounds LogoLearn all about this exquisite line of steel pitched percussion crafted out the highest quality materials in the South of France, and how WE PLAY WELL TOGETHER has brought them to the American Market for musicians in the ever widening handpan community. We're now convening an interconnected international network around these unique melodic instruments that anyone can pick up and play.

    A Story of Passion, Quality & Integrity...

    Djoliba Music Store

    In 2006 Philip Maignaut and the Djoliba Music Store began a collaboration and research project that five years later resulted in the birth of the Spacedrum and a new company: SAS Metal Sounds founded in October of 2011. 

    Philip Maignaut

    For more than 25 years, Philip Maignaut has been researching the machined manufacturing of steeldrums, complimented with traditional methods for producing 'Pans', The Spacedrum resulted from this craftsmanship and expertise. 

    Metal Sounds Workshop, France

    This artisan instrument maker, the Metal Sounds Company is based in Toulouse, France, and today manufactures Spacedrums and Zenkos, as well as importing steeldrums (steelpans) and other instruments...
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  • How to create mesmerizing sound compositions on handpan and tongue drum 🎶
    February 15, 2022

    How to create mesmerizing sound compositions on handpan and tongue drum 🎶

    Are you curious about handpans and tongue drums? Perhaps you've seen them on our website but aren't sure what the differences in tonal quality are and how they might each be used separately or together? And what about singing with these instruments?

    Kalani Das of World Drum Club

    We're excited to bring you this long-form interview featuring our long-time friend Kalani Das of World Drum Club - a YouTube Channel with with over 200K subscribers that features hundreds of tutorials and reviews of percussion instruments. Kalani takes us on an in-depth exploration of our Metal Sounds instruments, offering a beautiful demonstration featuring the Spacedrum Evolution and Zenko Drum. 

    Metal Sounds Spacedrum Evolution and Zenko Drum

    Kalani also shares with us how he creates mesmerizing sound textures using live looping to layer the sounds and play both drums together - even as a solo performer. This is a showcase for how We Play Well Together instruments truly play well together! 

    Watch our interview with Kalani Das...

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  • How to Choose Your Zenko Drum Tuning
    August 16, 2021

    How to Choose Your Zenko Drum Tuning

    Know what makes Zenko the "Porsche" of Tongue-Drums? 

    Tongue drums have become immensely popular recently and there are now a large variety of different brands out there offering their own version of these portable and robust metal instruments. You can find inexpensive ones in music stores that are usually mass produced. So what makes Zenko Drums made by Metal Sounds so special out of all the tongue drums that are out there? 

    With meticulous pitch-perfect tuning, the Zenko Drum allows you to discover bewitching and meditative harmonics that will level-up your sound meditation and music therapy offerings for live sessions. It's a professional grade instrument that can also be mounted on a adapted cymbal stand (there's a bolt-hole on the bottom! and we have adapters) to add accents as part of your drum kit or percussion setup. 

    Porsche 911

    Basically, the Zenko is the "Porsche" (the beautiful European sports-car) of the tongue drum: sleek, elegant, and of the highest quality. In comparison, other mass-produced and sometimes colorful tongue drums on the market at lower price points can be great for parties, playing with kids, basic music instruction, getting all sandy at the beach or simple musical fun! 
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  • What's the difference between the Metal Sound Evolution and Nitro Spacedrum?
    August 4, 2020

    What's the difference between the Metal Sound Evolution and Nitro Spacedrum?

    The SPACEDRUM EVOLUTION® is a Stainless steel handpan made handcrafted by Metal Sounds in the South of France 

    The stainless steel alloy combined with Metal Sounds' method of manufacture makes the Spacedrum Evolution® a truly unique handpan. Using 1.2 mm stainless steel sheets for the top shell, the note shaping is specific to this instrument's line and the shells are welded together. This combination of elements gives the Spacedrum Evolution® its unique acoustic character.

    It's is a handpan with a powerful sound and very rich in harmonics, whose shaped curves provide excellent ergonomics of play and easy transport. Its main assets: it is very easy to play, the tuning is stable, its maintenance is limited with perfect protection against rust (stainless steel) and its design is resolutely modern. The Spacedrum Evolution® line comes in 3 sizes with diameters of 48 cm, 55 cm, and 60 cm. The number of notes ranging from 6 to 13 depending on the models.

    SPACEDRUM NITRO® – Nitrided handpan
    The latest creation of Metal Sounds, the Spacedrum Nitro® is a really versatile handpan! Here the construction method is based on oval notes and dimples (buttons) shapping and the shells are glued together. Most importantly, the steel sheets of 1.2 mm are treated for better resistance to shocks and corrosion (nitriding). The Spacedrum Nitro® combines all the qualities required of a high-end handpan with a good dynamic range and a balanced sustain. The crosstalk (resonance of the notes between them) is well controlled and the harmonics are easy to play. Also, the percussive sound produced by the player on the side of the handpan (Tak) is clear while the Ding note stays deep and rather short. Musicians will be able to appreciate the full extent of its possibilities and its unique sound...
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