Unique sound sculptures made in Slovenia
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BalkanPan started as an idea around 2011. Effective work started in 2012 after long period of reading and acquiring the tools necessary for the project. Interest was first directed to steelpan making as a basic for developing handpan. In small workshop in Cerknica, Slovenia, the oil barrels started to flow in. As there were just a dozen good handpan makers in the world at that time, it was a rather challenging task to complete any of the jobs needed for to obtain skills in fields of metallurgy, working with steel and in music theory and art of tuning. Very big plus for learning was knowledge in making wood instruments which have some acoustic parallels with working on steel.
In creating BalkanPan Handpan there is lot of dedication and love which this beautiful instrument require for to get made and sound properly. From one person, the project is now consisted of two people working as a couple/ team.
In the summer 2015, we opened small business close to town of Brežice (Slovenia) which is 20 minutes away from Zagreb, capital of Croatia. This location is suitable for managing also a Croatian market and also other Balkan region markets.
Handpan is a growing organism, and has indefinite space for improvement and learning which makes it a very open and daring project.
We look forward to every day spent with our beautiful sculptures!
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Handpan making, materials & frequency
We make our handpan shells with our hydroforming method, you can see the YouTube video of the process.
All of our pans are made from nitrided steel.
We offer different frequencies of A4 note - classic 440Hz and 432Hz, which provide deeper sound and meditative feeling. Third option is interesting 528Hz tuning for C5, scale according to 444Hz for A4.
Combining the water power, art of tuning, heat treatments and knowledge of materials and nitriding process, BalkanPan is born from sheet metal to sound sculpture!
Presenting you some of the players on BalkanPan handpan
Keep on playing and learning!