The Alchemy of Sound
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.
Brian Ritchie, curator of MONA FOMA, 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
I've seen what you do. It's remarkable.
~ Victor Salazar, Vic's Drum Shop, Chicago
Sinking into Bettine's sound world is fascinating and inspiring.
~ MODERN DRUMMER
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 fringe is the unexplored territory where truth and fantasy are not yet disentangled.
- Freeman Dyson
If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.
- Nikola Tesla
Everything in life is vibration.
- Albert Einstein
Top photo of Michael at The Memphis Gong Chamber courtesy of Tim Shahady
Bottom photo of Michael & Scott Tinkler at MONA FOMA 2016 in Hobart, Australia. Photo Credit: MONA/Rémi Chauvin. Image Courtesy Mona, Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia