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The rare and spectacular Hang

Less than fifteen years ago, a couple of ambitious metalworkers from Switzerland invented a new percussion instrument, made from a patented variety of refined steel. Its makers and a lot of people who play it say that it's not so much a musical instrument as a meditation device. Sound therapists have attested to its mysterious healing powers, and many of its players say it's a transformative presence in their lives.

But if you want to buy one, be prepared for a long and arduous journey through a world of contracts, interminable waiting lists, and snail mail.

This elusive, mind-altering instrument is called the Hang (pronounced 'Hung'). Have a listen to Matthew Parsons' documentary for the whole story. It features the Hang playing of Dante Bucci, and Vancouver's own Ian Wenig and Greg Valou.

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