Alan Tower

Compositions listed by most recently written.

The World as a Work of Art

Pygmy - based on a Virgina Wolf Quote C minor Pentatonic with b7

This Idea can Save The Planet

Pygmy with an "F" note on 2nd Hang

Sea of Emotion

Pygmy C minor Pentatonic with b7 this Pygmy sings more than any other I have played


D Harmonic minor - on the bottom of a pool looking up at the light coming through moving water -----------------First attempt at a trance feel

Body Language

5th Mode of D Harmonic minor (ABbC#DEFGA) Dome low D Nice groove and very melodic


D Harmonic Minor - Will end up as a duo Hang Piece

Comfortable with Uncertainty

D Harmonic minor
(DEFGABbC#D) Dome A - Slow with focus on instrumental tone and melody

A Sweet Situation

D Harmonic minor - This is my first Hang composition, has a strong melody

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A review by a friend Ian Dogole about the Hang
JAZZ TIMES Magazine May 2003

The Hang (pronounced "hung"), manufactured by PANArt of Berne, Switzerland, is a revolutionary hybrid instrument and a stellar addition to the world of melodic percussion. The instrument, which look like a flying saucer, resulted of many years of research on the steel pan and various percussion instruments from around the globe. Comprised of hardened special metal (1 mm thick), which ensured long-lasting stability of the tone, the 21-inch wide, 9 12 -inch high Hang weighs just over 8 pounds; it's easily portable and quite durable.

The Hang is designed to capture the flavour of a steel pan, with a centrally placed knobbed protrusion, known as the "ding" that serves as a low tone, surrounded by eight note fields that form the instrument`s scale. The bottom side consist of hand-sized opening that produces a deep-sounding bass tone with up to an octave variation. The sonic characteristics of the bottom are reminiscent of two of the well-known clay pot instruments, the udu (Nigeria) and ghatam (India). What is most wonderful about the Hang is the wide variety of tone that can be produced all over the instrument, largely dependent on what part of the hand is used ("hang" is "hand" in the Bernese dialect). The drum is usually played in the lap as the musician sits cross-legged, or the instrument can be placed on a stand.

The Hang I received from PANArt was customized so that I could have a scale of E,F,G,Ab,A,B,C,D with a low A, thus giving me both the minor and major thirds in the key of E. Depending on where I place the instrument, I can prioritize specific notes in the scale tp capture a distinct mood. The great news is that PANArt can customize the Hang`s eight notes and center pitch to the specifications of each player, so make sure to carefully plan which notes you want before ordering.
Having performed numerous times in concerts with the Hang, I can attest that it is the one instrument that audiences always remember. This extraordinary instrument offers such a stunning blend of sounds and melodic possibilities that it`s only a matter of time before the Hang catches the attention of musicians and audiences wordwide.

Ian Dogole

Ian Dogole is a California-based percussionist.
His latest CD is Night Harvest (Global Fusion).
Click here to visit his site.


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