My name is Brynn Clingwall, and I am the creator of Kindred Spirit Steel Drums, an instrument fabrication company founded in November of 2014. Kindred Spirit Steel Drums is lucky to be at the forefront of producing a new kind of instrument that is growing in popularity and gaining larger traction with musicians everyday. Our production facility is located in Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast, which is a beautiful peninsula on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada.
I would not be here without the support of my family, friends, and everyone else on my journey who have helped shape Kindred Spirit Steel Drums into what it is today. I owe everything that I have, that I am, and that I will be to these connections, and am eternally grateful for the support I have received thus far. Each of the instruments I create is a physical manifestation of gratitude; A heart-felt thank you to the world we share, and for everything and everyone in it. I hope when you play your instrument you will feel the same sense of wonder, love, and gratitude that I experienced while making it for you.
At Kindred Spirit Steel Drums we are striving to “Create Vitality Through Sound”. Vitality means to be in a state of “Strength, action and energy” which I feel comes with the excitement of playing a Steel Tongue Drum, Tonguepan or Handpan. Right now the world is in great need of a resurrection of the unhindered experimentation with music, to return vitality to the people and to help remove the apathy that the modern-world seems to foster in the human psyche.
Today there is a separation in our society between music players and music listeners and this does a great disservice to the collective consciousness as a whole. The ability to freely create music is one of the most healing things we can do as humans, as music has been a vehicle for spirituality and personal growth for thousands of years.
Hand-based Steel percussion has the ability to create a connection between the player and their own inner-world regardless of age or musical experience. They can be used to attain a deep meditative state, for healing purposes, and for the care-free experimentation with music. In this way, I believe Steel Tongue Drums and Handpans can be a vehicle for transcendence and healing in ways that other instruments cannot.
I feel there is something very special about steel instruments, that resonates on a deep and profound note for many people. Iron and subsequently Steel are children of the industrial age of humanity, and they have helped our species attain heights of technological precision that were thought impossible for many generations. For this reason, steel holds a special place in the roots of our collective imagination and is a visible achievement in many different facets of human endeavors.
Thank-you for choosing Kindred Spirit Steel Drums, may we soar to ever greater heights, on the wings of singing steel.
The Birth Of Ripple Sound Sculptures
Last year I filed a successful trademark application for the name under which my Handpans will be produced and managed: "Ripple Sound Sculptures". I wanted them to have an identity separate from Kindred Spirit Steel Drums, as each new handpan brought into the world has it's own unique sound and feel as production methods can vary a lot between makers. Globally these instruments are known as either "Handpans","Pantams" or "Sound Sculptures", and taking that into consideration I have chosen the name "Ripple Sound Sculptures" for the next phase of growth for my company.
When I first heard the sound of these instruments, and subsequently fell in love, I was blown away by the exquisite timbre they have. From the soaring "wah" sound, moving from point-source to larger waveform like a ripple, it was completely captivating. Pairing this rippled sound form with the aesthetics (layered circles in geometric harmony when viewed from above), and the liquid-like "light-touch-cool-feel" of connecting with the steel, and you can begin to see how I began to formulate the intention behind this creation. These instruments have always generated the image, feel and sound of water droplets striking a tranquil surface, and this is why I have chosen the name "Ripple Sound Sculptures".
These last 5 years have been an extreme labour of love walking the path to create viable forms of singing steel, and although it has been quite difficult at times, I feel that this year I will achieve all the goals I set out to accomplish. One day soon my sound sculptures will be at the level of refinement that I will feel comfortable sharing them with the world, and at that time the world will have its first Ripple.
With A Deep Bow Of Gratitude,
Founder, Kindred Spirit Steel Drums
Ripple Sound Sculptures