Genius Drums are steel tongue drums that are handmade by Jameson Hubbs in Los Angeles, California.
Each instrument is designed to empower anyone to create beautiful music regardless of prior training or skill; the notes on the drum are arranged harmonically with chord layouts that encourage an intuitive experience without the limitations found in most music education.
Every 7th drum is donated to nonprofit music therapy and art installation projects.
Genius Drums began in 2015 after I discovered tongue drums on the internet while I was sick with parasites in the Ecuadorian Amazon and using ambient music to endure the process. Upon returning the US, I taught myself how to create my first crude tank drum- originally invented by Dennis Havlena in 2007- and proceeded to make these instruments as a passion project. Once I figured out how to paint them, I was hooked!
Over the last 4 years, I’ve experimented with hundreds of designs and tinkered with new ideas for note arrangements to create instruments that ignite flow states and offer sound meditation.
Making music is the core of my mental health and has gotten me through some intense times. The goal of Genius Drums is to help people solve their own internal problems through musical expression.
Steel tongue drums came into the 21st century at the perfect time: our society is hungry for more creativity and meditation. The way that these instruments allow anyone to play beautiful music regardless of training or skill inspires me greatly. My long term vision is to create a plethora of instrument installations in public spaces and healing centers around the world, which is currently supported by the donation policy of this business.
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