Cathedral Stories

by Michael Bettine

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Medley 17:15
Insectus 02:37
Kalimba 02:45
Piatti 03:40
Orion 02:45


There is nothing like playing in a beautiful old, marble,
high ceiling Cathedral. These buildings were designed
to magnify sounds, magnify voices. But they work equally
as well with percussion. It was a joy to perform at All
Saints, as the reverberation time was long, and the sound
was big. I was able to take advantage of this by timing
things and playing with the reverb as another sound at my
disposal. I hope you enjoy listening to this recording as
much as I enjoyed performing that night.

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You can watch a video of this concert here:

“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 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

released May 16, 2017


released May 16, 2017


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Michael Bettine

Percussion as a way of life. For over 45 years now Michael has hit things for a living, making an unabashed glorious noise. He believes in following his own muse wherever it leads him and loves exploring new sonic frontiers. He currently works outside of the realms of time & space. ... more

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