You've never heard anything like my music, because no one else is doing what I do. My music is deep, intuitive, and filled with the sounds of the Universe. You will hear sounds that are familiar, but that you can't explain. You may hear sounds that trigger memories and tell you stories. You may be affected and find yourself lost in the flow of time.

Why my music is not on Itunes, Amazon, or other mass market sites 

There are 3 main reasons:

1) ARTISTIC CONTROL. These sites don’t allow the artist to set their own price for their music releases. I believe it’s important for independant artists to have control over their works, and to be able to set whatever price they want to sell it at, even free. New releases are typically priced at $9.99 and up on both iTunes & Amazon. 

Since I’m an independent artist doing everything myself, I have no middle men to pay. Thus I can sell my downloads for less and still make a reasonable profit. My full albums are usually priced from $6-8.

2) SOUND QUALITY. Few download sites offer high quality lossless downloads like FLAC, WAV, etc. MP3s are fine for many people, but the actual sound quality is lacking, as a lot of data is taken out in order to make a much smaller file size. This was necessary in the past, when iPods/iPhones, as well as desktop & laptop computers, had limited memory. Today, memory is inexpensive and most people will have no problem storing and playing a library of lossless music files.

I take great care to make the best quality recordings I can, so I want to give people the option to buy lossless downloads so they can hear things the way they were recorded. Besides, you can always convert a lossless file into a lossy MP3, but you can’t convert an MP3 into a full quality lossless file (you can’t put back what was taken out).

The other aspect is, most sites that also offer lossless downloads charge more for them! This makes no sense to me, and just seems like a way to get more money from fans. It costs nothing to offer downloads in lossless format vs lossy. When you buy from me, you can download whatever format you want, all at the same price!

3) BANDCAMP is a proven music file hosting and selling site. They take a reasonable cut (less than other places) and allow me complete control over my releases. I can manage things from my own computer and have access to data/stats about my sales. Also,  with iTunes or Amazon, you have to do a song and dance to get things done, and it takes time to get things put out. With Bandcamp, I can record something and immediately post it for sale. It doesn’t take weeks/months for new music to appear.

The best thing is that Bandcamp allows you to download my music in whatever format you want! If you really want MP3 files, you can get them. If you want lossless files, you can get them. And all for the same price.

STREAMING is another story. I don’t currently have any of my music on any streaming services because they just don’t pay a fair amount! Sorry, but that’s how I feel. I feel that #1-3 above can also apply to today’s streaming services.

CDs (you remember those shiny plastic discs, don't you?) are available for some albums. But rather than the typical mass produced disc slapped into a plastic box, each one is a special limited edition in a handmade kraft or paper board cover. These are lovingly  designed, printed, and glued together by myself. I also do all the artwork & photos, and write the words.  Most CDs are $15 each (unless noted), including postage to anywhere in the world. Releases that are available on CD are designated (CD)


To order CDs, use the contact form on the right to let me know what you want and I'll send you payment instructions. Thanks.

Digital downloads are available in your choice of format (MP3, AIFF, FLAC, etc.). You can stream each track to hear it before you buy (you can't beat that!). In addition, downloads often come with extensive liner notes/track notes/essays/photos/artwork

Most downloads are $6-8.00 each (unless noted otherwise). 

Checkout the Download store, or click on each cover below for more info.

Please note that 100% of the profits go back to the artist and help fund further recordings and live performances. Thanks for your interest!

Alchemy Series

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PURE LAND is 78 minutes of subtle, yet intense music. The album itself is a story, a journey through birth, life, death and rebirth into the PURE LAND. This is the culmination of 3 years work.

Alchemy Series #5

EXPANSE The music contained in this album comes out of my experiences over the past 2 years. While being unable to go outside, as it were, I decided to go deep inside, into the Expanse. If you let it, the sounds contained herein may induce deep states and extreme relaxation.

Alchemy Series #3

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The Sea We Swim In is music about time & space. The music is designed to create different states in the listener based on various time effects. This is from my continuing research into the nature of time. This album is also the ’soundtrack’ for my forthcoming book (2023) on time.

Alchemy Series #1


Unheard Echoes

An interesting project where I recorded a series of gong soundscapes at Jason Wietlispach’s studio and then other musicians improvised over them. Fascinating and intriguing music. You can download it for FREE, just follow the link.

Soutrane Recording Company

Esoterica Series

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This is the first in a series of more esoteric and experimental percussion tracks. PROXIMA is for solo bass drum and reflects the state of things today.

Esoterica Series #1

Threshold Series

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Gongtopia Tairaku

These improvisations are a meeting of minds and instruments. Improvising percussionist, Michael Bettine (Gongtopia) plays a wide array     of metal percussion. Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes) plays a variety of Shakuhachi, the Japanese bamboo flute.

Threshold Series #10 (CD)

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Magnetic Conduction

Composed and improvised solo percussion. This is an extremely detailed recording. All effects and sounds are done live, by the artist’s hands. Headphones are recommended.

Threshold Series #9

Transmission of Sparks

Live solo percussion recorded in the resonant sanctuary of a local church. Beautiful. Engaging. Magical.

Threshold Series #8

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The Art of theTrio

11 improvised trio recordings featuring some of the best improvising musicians in the greater Milwaukee area from an intense 12 hour recording session.

Threshold Series #7

The Art of the Duo II

9 improvised duos of varying styles. Featuring electronics, double bass, cornet, violin, Mosesa, drums, vibes, & guitar.

Threshold Series #6

The Art of the Duo

10 improvised duos, live in the studio. Featuring: electronics, vibes, Mosesa, flute, clarinet, violin, double bass, drums, & mellotron.

Threshold Series #5

Cathedral Stories

This was recorded in the beautiful and resonant All Saints Cathedral in Milwaukee. The music is from Stories We Tell Ourselves, Gongs of Compassion, Scattered Light, Shadow World, and various improvisations.

Threshold Series #4 


 Gongs of Compassion

Gongs, Bells, Bowls, Hand Drums & Percussion meld into a swirling panoply of sound.The music here contains chants, soundscapes, and meditations. Over 70 separate percussion instruments were used to create this album. This is music for your soul. Welcome to Gongs of Compassion! 

Threshold Series #3 

Waking Hour

In The Waking Hour

A new trio album of intense, yet beautiful music. Featureing myself with Joni Clare on voice/loops, and Barry paul Clark on bass/electronics. All the music was improvised in the studio in this, our one and only meeting.

Threshold Series #2

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Stories We Tell Ourselves

A new solo album featuring 13 tracks based on my experiences performing in various art museums & galleries during the past year.

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A full live concert performance. Recorded in October 2014, at Woodland Pattern Books, in Milwaukee. This album features music from throughout my career,    as well as new compositions.

Threshold Series #0

Borderlands Cycle

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This was one of those special occasions where I felt the very nature of time moving through me. Come along to the end of your journey. Welcome to the Deva•Station. ~ MB

Issue #5 of the Borderlands Cycle

Dancing Across The Bardo

The music I create is a very personal, often bordering on being a mystical experience for me. It is also in many ways biographical, as it represents who and what I am at that moment in time. And it is an evolutionary process, as I reach for deeper levels, discovering new sounds, new rhythms, and new atmospheres.

Issue #4 of the Borderlands Cycle

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Aspects of Time & Being

A 68 minute meditation encompassing a wide variety of moods and textures. 

All the time right now is all there ever is, each being-time is without exception entire time…Entire being, entire world, exists in the time of each and every now. 

~ Dogen Zenji from Uju (Being-Time)

Issue #3 of the Borderlands Cycle (CD)

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Primal Forces

Music for the art exhibit,  Mineral Composition No. 1: Wisconsin, U.S.A. by Priyanka Ram.  Percussion born out of the earth, bubbling up through the densely packed layers, only to emerge into the warm sun.

This is a FREE download.

Issue #2 of the Borderlands Cycle.

Halo of Sparks

Light. Sound. Stars. Day. Night. Superluminal. 

This is a FREE download.

Issue #1 of the Borderlands Cycle. 




This 1-track EP consists of an 18 minute combination of studio and field recordings. The sounds are peaceful and hypnotic. As always, headphons are recommended.

Ambient Series #2


This 1-track EP consists of a 28 minute swirling, changing, hypnotic drone. This is great for background music, meditation, and ambient listening. Headphones are recommended!

Ambient Series #1

Studio Recordings



3 timed ambient tracks (10, 20, 30 minutes) for Meditation, Yoga, Reiki, relaxation. The instruments used are Gongs & Himalayan Singing Bowls. Each track is different and they can be combined for longer sessions.

March 2012                                                      

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Scattered Light

What if you could hear the light rays streaming through your windows?

SCATTERED LIGHT imagines sound as light waves moving through the air, moving through different mediums, scattering, reflecting, and refracting in all directions. 

June 2011   (CD)  liner notes


Transparent Universe

ENSEMBLE GONGTOPIA - massed percussion featuring Gong/bells/ Sounding Plates, along with hand drums, marimba, steel drum, sheet metal, drum set, and various percussion. Up to 19 separate tracks are layered to create the ensemble.

April 2011   (CD)  liner notes


Imagine the most amazing metallic sounds heard underwater, that's SOUNDINGS. Written for, and premiered at, the 2010 Ingenuity Fest in Cleveland, Ohio, SOUNDINGS is performed on over 50 Gongs, Singing Bowls, Bell Cymbals, and Sound Plates.

September 2010   (CD)  liner notes


Stars Show The Way

Solo percussion compositions & improvisations. This is the recording that started it all. Hailed as "easily one of the best solo percussion records I've ever heard", by THE IMPROVISOR

June 2002   (CD)  liner notes



Solo Gong compositions like you've never heard before. 

"Labyrinth...consists of nine beautifully hypnotic tracks" MODERN DRUMMER

March 2003   (CD) 

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Unbelievably rich ambient sounds coming from close miked Gongs. There are choirs, orchestras, Angels, and the Music of the Spheres. Experience the unexperienced.

October 2007

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MANDALA is a 48-minute soundscape that is designed for meditation, sound healing, Yoga, Reiki, massage therapy — any time you need to reenergize. The sounds of the Gongs work directly on the Chakras and help release blocked energy. 

October 2007

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Assorted sounds, moods, melodies, and ambient soundscapes performed by on Gongs, Tibetan Singing Bowls, Cymbals, and Bells. Intense, intriguing, intelligent, and rewarding. A must have for those interested in metal percussion.

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Metal Poetry

Metal Poetry

"Beautifully played compositions…quite original and exciting percussion  music." Hal Rammel, WMSE Radio. 

Recorded May 8, 2005 live at WMSE Radio Studio, Milwaukee, WI, on the Alternating Currents radio program

August 2005

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Live Solo Recordings

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ASCENSION is a  live album recorded in an amazing old church. The sound is glorious, full, and all encompassing. The music was played on 60 various Gongs, Bells, Cymbals, Sound Plates, Singing Bowls, and other resonant metals. Recorded 10/13/13.

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Now Lounge

The Unwinding Path

A live hour long Gong Meditation Session feturing Paiste Gongs & Himalayan Singing Bowls

September 2011

Here In The NOW

Seven percussion improvisatiuons recorded on the Tour de Gong, live at The NOW Lounge, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, July 23, 2006. 


The Impact of Falling Stars

Solo percussion music recorded May 2004, live at 3030, Chicago, Il. Enter a world of sounds falling from the sky like stars, illuminating our lives and creating a sense of child-like wonder.

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Sacred Symbols

Live recording featuring a magical array of solo percussion music captured at the acoustically wonderful 3030 in Chicago.

January 2003                                             

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Shadow World

32 minutes of entrancing Gong music recorded live at the PERCUSSION NACHT II at the 3030 in Chicago in 2004. The music covers various moods, melodies, and soundscapes.

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Beautiful live solo Gong performance recorded in Chicago, March 2008. Exceptional & remarkable. This was a very good night.

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