This Strange Looking Instrument Makes Some Of The Coolest Sounds You’ll Ever Hear

The handpan, or (hang) is a musical instrument created by Felix Rohner and Sabina Schärer in Bern, Switzerland.

The handpan is constructed from two half-shells of steel that have been glued together at the rim leaving the inside hollow, and creating a distinct ‘UFO shape’.

According to Wikipedia, “The top (“Ding”) side has a center ‘note’ hammered into it and seven or eight ‘tone fields’ hammered around the center. The bottom (“Gu”) is a plain surface that has a rolled hole in the center with a tuned note that can be created when the rim is struck.”

YouTube channel Buskrs met Sam (the guy playing the handpan) on their way home from work, “As I was walking down the stairs I thought I was hearing electronic music, which you never hear in the subway. But it had a natural essence to it, almost like acoustic electronic music,” said Buskrs.

“It was strange and hard to pinpoint what I was hearing. As I got down to the L platform I saw Sam sitting and playing a strange instrument I had never seen before. He had a crowd around him and lots of donations flowing in.

After he finished a song I approached him and he told me about his handpan and that he was from Australia and traveling the world as a busker. What a life! He said everywhere he went he was able to make money for the next leg of his trip.”

Honestly, this is one of the coolest sounding instruments I’ve ever heard.

Not to mention the crazy talent this guy has for playing the handpan.

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