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  • Brother & Sister Spacedrum Duet in the Rocky Mountains
    August 30, 2022

    Brother & Sister Spacedrum Duet in the Rocky Mountains

    We bring this sweet little 4-minute video featuring a Spacedrum handpan duet played next to Mary's Lake in Estes Park, Colorado, by a brother-and-sister duo:

    Spacedrum Duet

    Now here's the BIG question: Can you make beautiful music on a handpan as a beginner? We say YES as this video features  Joule L'Adara on Spacedrum Evolution (Atlantic'o Tuning) who'd been playing the handpan just a few months along with her brother Mike Moss on Spacedrum Nitro (Sonoro Tuning) who'd only played the handpan for two days before this recording! Granted, Mike's a trained percussionist and many of the drumming skills translate, but Joule's not a drummer at all.  Yet by creating a simple pulse in a 5-count that's repeated with a few variations and combining it with accent notes, they were able to bring you this meditative handpan duet after jamming only a couple of days together. 
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    Anyone can learn simple patterns on the handpan (even in "odd time!") and create lovely sounds- which can be a wonderful bonding experience for family or friends. Mike & Joule ended up with an audience: a family of hikers with small children who sat quietly enraptured throughout the playing. The parents couldn't believe their small children sat so still listening! We told them these sounds are very soothing to the nervous system and hyper kids are naturally calmed by these instruments. Here's the "audience" behind the video:

    Estes Park Family Audience for Handpan Concert

    Note: We usually have a few Spacedrums in stock in California that can be delivered immediately within the US - BUT! They sell out quickly and if you'd to choose your particular tuning the wait time can be up to 12 weeks, so be sure to place your orders early. (And remember - we have payment plans to help make that handpan wish come true :) 

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  • Play a Tango Rhythm Sansula with Composer Matt Levine!
    June 30, 2022

    Play a Tango Rhythm Sansula with Composer Matt Levine!

    Matt Levine YouTube Video Cover

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    We're proud to have collaborated over the years with many incredible music composers who find our instruments - with their unique sonic qualities including tone, timbre, harmonics, natural acoustic sustain and effects - to offer complexity, nuance, and sonic beauty to their original compositions. It’s always thrilling to us when composers and multi-instrumentals who already have massive instrument collections are surprised and delighted working with our instruments! Our friend Matt Levine just added the Hokema Kalimba Sansula Deluxe to his compositional toolbox.
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    He made us this fun tutorial video showing us how he personally approaches the Sansula, how anyone can instantly make music with it, and how playing the two rows of metal tines are for him like the "inhale and exhale" of each breath. He then demonstrates playing the Sansula (tuned to A minor) with a tango rhythm.
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    Matt demonstrates that the limited 9 notes of the Sansula Deluxe by Hokema  creates a musical structure in itself such that anyone who has thumbs can pluck the tines to send them vibrating and create melodies. Yet by adding a specific rhythm, a specific composition is created - and there’s an endless variety of rhythmic patterns that can be learned and played on these unique and inspiring instruments. 

        Matt Levine, Composer

    Matt Levine is a San Francisco based composer who divides his time between teaching at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and developing sound immersion applications. As an accomplished composer and producer of music for video games, film, television, and other pictured media, Matt possesses the unique ability to compose memorable themes across a wide range of genres and has cutting edge technical skills. His resourceful and collaborative approach have earned him a stellar reputation among producers and directors...

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  • REBRAND REVEAL! 🎨
    March 24, 2022

    REBRAND REVEAL! 🎨

    Blow the trumpets! Strum the monochords! Bang on handpans, tongue-drums and Tinka Tongs! Send in choirs singing songs of joy while plucking on kalimbas! We have a new look:

    Yes, we've brightened ourselves up to big, bold, modern colors. But more importantly, we've defined what's most important about our company. Sure, we're the exclusive North American Distributor for fine, high-quality musical instruments that are hand-crafted by European Artisans using sustainable materials and packaging. And yes, the instruments in our collection are all intuitively played, empowering anyone from any background to instantly become a musician, while offering skilled musicians the opportunity to play with sound in innovative, intuitive ways.
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    But most importantly, We Play Well Together is about togetherness: convening in online and offline spaces with other people in order to experience, listen, receive, interact, interweave, converse, revel, cavort, (sometime clown around, sometime mourn), make and create. The melodious tones of our instruments are the medium through which people all over the world can create meaningful connections and to forge the kinds of experiences that make a life worth living.
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    We supply the tools, but we can only play well, er... together. Our community is everything and we're so glad you're a part of ours!

    With Gratitude

    Gabriele Schwibach + Team

    We Play Well Together: Instruments in Community

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