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Alchemy 2019

I’ve never experienced anything like that in my 10 year yoga practice, absolutely mind blowing! Highly recommended. Michael from Gongtopia is amazing, a true professional!

~ Gong Session participant, 2019

Bettine’s work is the sonic equivalent of action painting. Using mallets as brushes and the Gongs as a canvas, he creates vast washes of vibration and punctuates them with stabs and slashes of crescendo. He’s a combination of abstraction and visceral physicality. 

MONA FOMA festival, Hobart, Australia

Michael Bettine, a master gong musician, was the first performer I heard at MOFO last weekend. The sounds he was able to create, using metal and its interaction with air, were captivating.

~ Jann Williams, FIRE UP WATER DOWN blog, Australia

Bettine played the room as much as the instruments, exploring the beating tones of vibrations that when combined sounded like a train rumbling underground. Creating a shifting wall of sound that washed over the audience, Bettine offered us a distinctive exploration into the craft of percussion. 

~ Delia Bartle, Real Time Arts, Australia

Sinking into Bettine's sound world is fascinating and inspiring.



Bettine has a unique vision that sets him apart from the hoards.



Bettine is essential listening for percussionists and anyone interested in solo free-oriented music. 

~The Improvisor

Gongs Among the Giants

Performing for the 2018 Fall Equinox at Kinstone Magalithic Gardens

The fringe is the unexplored territory where truth and fantasy are not yet disentangled. ~ Freeman Dyson

In the bodhisattva path, we don’t assume anything is fixed and solid. ~ Norman Fischer

No great art has ever been made without the artist having known danger. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Enlightenment is not a one time event. We must each seek to become enlightened everyday. ~ Singal Rinpoche

The true artist is a man who believes absolutely in himself, because he is absolutely himself. ~ Oscar Wilde

Time is everything. ~ MB

Top photo of Michael at Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple, Woodstock, IL  2019 by Cindy Bettine.

Bottom photo of Michael at KInstone Megalithic Gadens, Fountain City, WI, courtesy of Intuitive Arts Media.

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