About the Harmonic

 

The Harmonic is a handcrafted and hand-tuned steel instrument produced from high-quality materials. It is typically played on the player’s lap, using the fingertips and thumbs. The two shells are thermally fused with each other via their outer rims, this creates a unique shape similar to that of a UFO; there is nothing inside the instrument only air.

The Meinl Harmonic Art enhances both, sound and aesthetics, being the latest version of the instrument. It offers unique features that allow the instrument’s sound to be remarkably clear and pure. The entire ranges of sounds are combined in a way that the overtones are strikingly enhanced, creating an extraordinary harmonic connection with the rest of the instrument. It is made from high-grade German steel and fully treated with a combined thermal process which includes Nitriding, used to increase the resistance, stability of the steel and help minimize any corrosion.  Because of this, the steel used for the Harmonic is extremely resistant. It does not go out of tune nor corrode, resulting in an instrument with a perfectly soft yet strong and long-lasting sound. The Harmonic is a musical piece of art to be enjoyed for numerous years.

Meinl Harmonic Art handpan

Meinl Sonic Energy Harmonic Art handpan 

Harmonic Art is proud to partner with Meinl Percussion. Meinl Sonic Energy Harmonic Art Handpan instruments are hand made one at a time using top grade german steel. Genuine masterpieces of sound built by our team at Harmonic Art exclusively for Meinl can be purchased through this company and its worldwide distributors. 

 

The Harmonic is strictly made and detailed in a tuning ring by hand until obtaining the correct note, pitch, and form. It is built with an artistic spirit and soul. It is rich in resonance, allowing the instrument to be delicate yet expressive. It is built for free improvisation, exploration and the ability to be played in conjunction with other musical instruments.

 

The Harmonic upper shell has a central note and has tone fields around it, all of which are hand-tuned. Depending on how it is played, it may sound like a harp, bell or as a steelpan. Its notes have a zig-zag sequence on its outer circle from the lowest to the highest, this allows performers to ascend or descend the scale by playing the notes alternately with his/her right and left hand. Each tone field has multiple overtones on a flattened field around an inverted oval in the middle, with gaps between the notes for percussive slaps.

 

The Harmonic generates clear, elongated and balanced tones along with appropriately isolated and controlled overtones. The materials used for the Harmonic have been carefully selected for not only a beautifully sounding but also a strikingly impressive sculpture. The Harmonic is a very easy instrument to play, and without the use of any wrong musical notes in the scale, it is fully capable of generating a prolonged, serene and hypnotic sound. The complementary notes as well, have a pure and soft sound while being played. The Harmonic provides the rarest of gifts, creative freedom.

The lower half shell is a simplified surface with a round port in its center. It is tuned in a way that when the player slaps the rim of the port, a note with a long sustain can be generated. It is built so that it may also generate a low tone when slapping it with the palm of the hand. The lower half shell has Ghatam / Udu attributes that use Helmholtz resonance. The Harmonic has a circular high-quality rubber seal that protects the outer circumference of the instrument. The opening of the lower half-shell has been shaped with a double curvature for a more comfortable grip when being transported.

 

Each fundamental tone has an overtone tuned to an octave above it, as well as an additional compound fifth note above the octave. The overtones can be highlighted or silenced; this will depend on how and where the musician strikes the notes. The player will be able to activate the octave note when striking the long side and the compound fifth can be activated when striking the short side. The overtones may be heard as an integrating part of the note being played, among various levels of overtones that float around the main notes. 

 

The Harmonic is a captivating and charming musical instrument, it represents the union and requirements of a great quality sound sculpture, contributing in an exceptional way to a family of XXI century musical instruments; it is truly unique and powerfully exclusive.

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