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Messages - Phil McNamara

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SOUND CREATION GONGS / Re: Is it an Earth Gong?
« on: August 04, 2015, 12:46:52 pm »
Yes, I think this is one of the early prototypes of the sound creation gongs. A number were developed and there were remarkable similarities between the ones that eventually became the set of ten introduced in 1978. Even then they were subjected to further modifications. My book 'Gongs and Tam-tams' gives some history about this but I'm hoping to write another book just on these Sound Creation Gongs and their genesis.  I have some background from certain individuals but really need to talk to people like Henrietta Cron, Michael Jullich and of course Robert Paise!

The picture from1971 is very interesting. I had heard that the genesis of the SCG's started in the late 60's but never thought that anything was being used by this early date - are you absolutely sure it was 1971?

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GONG PLAYING TECHNIQUES / Re: Gong meditation
« on: May 13, 2014, 01:42:15 pm »
As a percussionist, I prefer the gong to my side so I can face the conductor and it is easier to play. For symphonic works, I use a low stand to facilitate this. Sometimes space and access for other players dictates that the gong goes behind me, facing the audience, which looks better from their point of view. For sound healing, my gongs face the clients and I play with my back to them, occasionally glancing over my shoulder to check that everyone is ok. Like Michael, I prefer to focus on the gong and channel the healing required and audiences tend to prefer seeing a line up of gongs in front of them. At some point, I intend to purchase a Symphonic Brilliant for my collection, partly so I can look at the audience in the gong!

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SOUND CREATION GONGS / Re: What sound creation gongs do you own?
« on: August 08, 2013, 05:01:05 pm »
Not much chance of that, I'm sorry to say. Most of the stuff was discovered on visits to the German factory in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by a group of people that also include other members of this Forum and the UK Gong Forum.

However, I can't say the same for the Swiss factory and their 'archive' in the basement...

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SOUND CREATION GONGS / Re: What sound creation gongs do you own?
« on: July 30, 2013, 12:57:31 pm »
Thanks for sharing this with us, Michael. Do you know which of the Paiste gong makerswas involved with its development?

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SOUND CREATION GONGS / Re: What sound creation gongs do you own?
« on: July 26, 2013, 01:25:49 pm »
SC#1 Sun
SC#2 Fire
SC#4 Water
SC#6 Moon
SC#7 Fight/Confrontation

I had SC#5 Peace but this was too much like a regular Chao gong. I love the 'Moon' gong - one long penetrating tone and no crash. Fight/Confrontation is great but easy to overplay. Still to add one or more of the SC#3 Earth gongs. Not too impressed with the Chakra gongs - I prefer the Paiste Tuned Gongs.

I'm intruiged with the Prototype 'Air' gong, Michael. Any further information?

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PLANET GONGS / Re: My Nibiru Gong . . .
« on: July 19, 2013, 12:35:49 pm »
Rob

I would be interested in what 'mode' you tend to use the Nibiru gong - bringing about 'big change' in people or some other esoteric way. Some of my sound healing colleagues are avoiding it due to a perceived 'destructive' element.

When I visited the Paiste factory in Sept 2011, I noticed more of these gongs in the stock room then any others. Presumably they were expecting a 'rush' on these prior to the 2012 apocolypse...

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SOUND CREATION GONGS / Re: My favourite Sound Creation Gong 60"
« on: July 16, 2013, 12:59:03 pm »
The 38" SCG Earth is pretty awesome too!

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PLANET GONGS / Re: My Nibiru Gong . . .
« on: July 16, 2013, 12:57:04 pm »
Hi Rob

It is interesting that you are striking the gong in the centre. The 'tam-tam' gongs are designed to be struck off centre (about the 5 - 7 o'clock position on the 'scraped' area) and this is where you will find the 'sweet spot'. Myself and other sound healers consider the centre to be the 'heart' of the gong so don't strike it here, and in my percussionist mode, I would never strike the gong here as the note is somewhat 'dull' compared to ther parts. For a tuned (bossed) gong, striking in the centre is the optimum place.

That said, there are no rules as to where you may wish to strike the gong so please do whatever you intuitively feel is right!  :)

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GONG FORUM / Re: Welcome to the Paiste Gongs Forum!
« on: July 16, 2013, 12:48:31 pm »
Great new website, Paiste. Its nice to be involved!

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GONG FORUM / Re: General Question . . .
« on: July 16, 2013, 12:46:42 pm »
My source for the introduction of the 'Proto' gongs also stated 1978. I'm not quite sure when the Symphonics were introduced. In my book, I claim that the version we see today was around in the 1950's but there is a photo in James Blades book on percussion showing Paiste gong makers working on a symphonic and their attire would seem to indicate an earlier date.

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