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GONG EVENTS / GONGTOPIA in Australia
« on: October 16, 2015, 04:33:27 pm »
I am pleased to announce that I will be the 'Artist in Residence' at the 2016 MONA FOMA Festival (https://mofo.net.au/lineup/mona-pass/) in Hobart,Tasmania, Australia. During the fest, January 13-18, I will present Gong Meditations, solo concerts, and duo concerts with other festival performers.

This is a fantastic Music & Arts Fest. The line up is very percussion heavy this year, so I look forward to hearing & meeting various Australian artists I've known about for years.

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GONG FORUM / Working with Don Conreaux & Mysterious Tremendum
« on: November 25, 2014, 08:21:50 pm »
This past weekend I had the opportunity to play along with Don Conreaux and his Mysterious Tremendum in both Milwaukee and Chicago. It was great to finally meet Don after following him and his work for 20 some years. I detailed the experience in my blog, The Way Of The Gong:http://thewayofthegong.blogspot.com/2014/11/a-meeting-of-minds-metal-don-conreaux.html

It was a Paiste Gong festival! We were fortunate to be at Andy's Music in Chicago in their Gong room, so there many beautiful Gongs to play.


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GONG FORUM / Gong & Percussion Blogs
« on: June 30, 2014, 01:06:03 am »
For those of you who don't know me, concurrent with my career as a Percussionist & Gongolier, I have also been a writer. From 1983-2008 I was a contributing writer to Modern Drummer magazine. I wrote many feature interviews as well as technical articles (I originated the Style & Analysis column), CD & Product reviews, and other things. I've also written extensively for AVANT (UK), DownBeat, Rhythm, and other music magazines. I've also written various books on drums & percussion, most notably, Percussion Profiles, with English percussionist, Trevor Taylor.

While I don't write for magazines as often as I used to, I continue to write about all things percussive in my 2 blogs:

PERCUSSION DECONSTRUCTION covers all manner of percussion with essays, technical articles, lessons, reviews, etc.: http://percussiondeconstruction.blogspot.com/
THE WAY OF THE GONG is more esoteric and covers Gongs/Singing Bowls/Bells: http://thewayofthegong.blogspot.com/

I also have a YouTube channel with mostly Gong related content:  www.youtube.com/user/Gongtopia

Please check them out. ~ MB

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GONG PHOTOS & VIDEOS / New Gong video from Television Show
« on: June 04, 2014, 11:18:38 pm »
Here is a short video of me that was shown on local television yesterday (6/3/14). A local news anchor had been to one of my Gong Sessions and was knocked out by it, so he passed my info onto the station's news staff. We got together and they filmed & interviewed me for about an hour. The result is this 3 minute clip:

http://youtu.be/-fJZobvkm7M

[You'll have to follow the link as I can't figure out how to embed video here…]


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GONG FORUM / New Blog Specifically About Gongs/Bowls/Bells
« on: June 02, 2014, 09:11:27 pm »
I have a newer blog, The Way of the Gong, that I've been writing that is specifically about Gongs/Bowls/Bells. It covers playing techniques, my experiences, and various esoteric ideas. You can find it here:http://thewayofthegong.blogspot.com/

I also still have my long running blog, Percussion Deconstruction, which covers all manners of Percussion. Check it out here: http://percussiondeconstruction.blogspot.com/

Thanks!

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GONG PHOTOS & VIDEOS / New Gong Videos form Michael Bettine
« on: March 18, 2014, 03:58:18 am »
I have about 8 new videos posted on my YouTube site. You can check them out here: http://www.youtube.com/user/Gongtopia

Thanks and enjoy!

(more coming soon)

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GONG PLAYING TECHNIQUES / Paiste Gong Clinic video
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:17:58 am »
Here is a video of highlights from the 1st of 2 Paiste Gong Clinics I presented at Vic's Drum Shop, in Chicago, November 30, 2013. I talk about using different mallets and playing techniques, sound textures, and play 2 of my compositions.

http://youtu.be/VH9T0RHt4vA

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This Saturday, November 30th, as part of PAISTE DAYS at VIC'S DRUM SHOP in Chicago, I'll be presenting not 1, but 2 clinics!

At 1pm I’ll be talking about and demonstrating Gongs & Sounds in contemporary music.

At 3pm I’ll be talking about and demonstrating Gongs for Meditation & Sound Healing.

This will be a fun filled day with other Paiste artists and great discounts at one of the BEST drum shops in the world! Stop by to check out things and just hang with all the great drummers. If you’ve ever wanted to talk with me about Gongs, this is your chance.

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GONG PHOTOS & VIDEOS / Michael Bettine - Concert Photos
« on: October 14, 2013, 07:44:47 pm »
I performed a full concert on just Gongs/Bells/Singing Bowls/Sound Plates/Cymbals etc. in a beautiful old church yesterday. The sound was wonderful. I played my own compositions and a few improvisations. Much fun despite the hectic set up.

Here is my full set up for the day:




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GONG EVENTS / The Experience of INUKSUIT
« on: September 14, 2013, 12:52:30 am »
On Saturday, September 7, I was involved in a presentation of composer John Luther Adams' monumental piece, INUKSUIT. This is written for 99 percussionists and is meant to be performed outside. We performed it at a 40 acre sculpture garden here in Milwaukee. The percussionists came from all over, most from Universities and high schools, with a few of us professionals. INUKSUIT has 3 groups of performers: -conch, siren, triangle; 2-shakers/rattles, drums, cymbal; and 3-Gong, cymbals, glockenspiel. I chose to be in group 3 and used a 32" SC Earth Gong, with 7 different Paiste cymbals from 10" - 21".

After surviving torrential rain early in the day, the skies cleared up and we put on an amazing 80 minute performance. There was a very large and appreciative audience. The main thing I like about the piece is that it removes the barrier between performer & audience. At times, I had people literally in my face while I played. Quite an experience.

You can read my blog all about it here:http://percussiondeconstruction.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-experience-of-inuksuit.html There are more photos and links to 2 reviews and 2 videos on YouTube.

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ACCENT & DECO GONGS / Rare 10" Accent/Deco Gong
« on: August 22, 2013, 02:54:02 am »
This is a rare Gong that I own. It's a 10" Paiste Accent/deco Gong. The age is unknown.

1 - It's actually made like a small Symphonic Gong, with the vertical etching lines on the face. Neither of today’s Accent or deco Gongs have the face etching.

2 - It is stamped on the face, "Swiss Made." I've never seen another Paiste Gong stamped this way, as their Gongs are all made at their factory in Germany.

3 - It also sounds very different from my other Accent & Deco Gongs. The sound opens up more, and it has a very low pitch.

I also have a 13" one that looks exactly the same, but is not stamped as to where it was made.


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GONG PHOTOS & VIDEOS / Michael Bettine in Chicago 20/7/13
« on: July 22, 2013, 12:18:15 am »
A photo of my set up from last night's Sacred Sound Workshop & Meditation Session in Chicago. I presented an hour long workshop on meditation & sound healing with Bells, Singing Bowls, Ting-sha, and of course, Gongs. Then after a break, I presented an hour long Gong Meditation Session. It was well attended and the people were really attentive.

In the photo, Top row L-R: 24" SC Water, 32" Symphonic. 32" SC Earth, 24" Planet Venus. Bottom row: 28" Planet Jupiter, 8" Antique Kyeezee, 22" Accent. Additional Gongs on the floor: 16" Chau, 16" Wind, 13" Paiste Accent, 15" Tibetan Bossed, 14" Michael Paiste Volcano (leaning on stand); along with Ting-Sha, a Ring Gong, and 5 Singing Bowls in front.


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