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Panadigm Innovations Ltd set to make first sale of P.H.I.

For Release Upon Receipt - March 19, 2010

St. Augustine

A primary school in St Joseph is about to become the first school in Trinidad and Tobago to purchase the world’s newest instrument: the P.H.I., from Panadigm Innovations Ltd. Panadigm Innovations Ltd (PIL), makers of the Percussive Harmonic Instrument (P.H.I.) and G-pan, will record their first-ever sale when they hand over two P.H.I.s to St Xavier’s Private School on March 22nd, 2010.

St Xavier students were introduced to the P.H.I. and G-pan late last year, at a workshop facilitated by Mr Earl Philip, one of the instrument’s inventors. The school has a strong music curriculum, and many of its alumni play for junior and large steel bands throughout Trinidad and Tobago. After the October 2009 workshop, the St Xavier students were able to transfer their knowledge of steel pan performance to the P.H.I. Based on the overwhelming response and enthusiasm shown by the students, the principal, Sister Annetta Alexander, placed her order for two P.H.I.s.

The P.H.I. is the very first “electronic pan” ever created and patented. It is what is known in the music world as a MIDI controller, although its physical form is inspired by the ingenuity of the traditional steel pan. MIDI controllers allow musicians to utilise equipment on a MIDI digital network to create, perform and manipulate music. Through MIDI, the P.H.I. provides the player with access to a limitless range of instrument tones, including steel pan, piano, sitar, as well as a range of percussion tones. These tones can be played on a full three octaves of notes laid out on the familiar cycle of the 4ths and 5ths, commonly used on the tenor steel pan. Note shapes, locations and sizes are ergonomically designed and notes can be transposed anywhere in the musical range allowing the musician to easily switch from a tenor steel pan to a double second, cello, guitar or bass. All of this takes place on a single bowl or drum, making the P.H.I. a highly portable instrument when compared to the traditional steel pan.

A spokesperson for PIL commended St. Xavier’s Private School for being “a true leader in education”, and expressed the hope that “many schools will follow their lead and provide their students with tools such as the P.H.I. to enhance learning.”

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