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Pantheon Steel Halo Stratus, Hokkaido 9 tuning

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Published on Jul 11, 2012

Pantheon Steel Halo Stratus in the Hokkaido 9 tuning, with an inset Apex, F# B C# D E F# G B C# F#, demonstrated by Kyle Cox (Halo Maker).

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An mp3 sample of this instrument is available at http://www.archive.org/details/Panthe...

Hokkaido 9 is a nine-note extension of the Hokkaido tuning; the name comes from the northernmost major island in Japan, reflecting the fact that the tuning is a hexatonic extension the Ake Bono tuning.

About the inset Apex (center note):

This is a design we we are exploring enthusiastically right now.

Though it looks (and at first,feels!) strange to players used to a conventional center dome, it offers some real advantages. The overall timbre of the instrument is distinctly clarified and the entire range feels 'unified.'

While this takes some getting used to, it is a brand new experience for a handpan player -- a wonderful new option to explore.

About the Grace Note:

This Halo is the first ever prototype made with a 'grace note,' an alternate placement for adding an additional high note to the tone circle -- in this case, a high F# as a ninth note. The placement was not an afterthought added to an existing eight note instrument; the highest three notes were clustered to support the design.

This a true prototype, something we're exploring at the moment. It provides some interesting new technique possibilities, for sure!

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