Primal Forces

by Michael Bettine

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Music for 'Mineral Composition No. 1: Wisconsin, U.S.A.,' by Priyanka Ram.

As the story goes, I received an email saying, “I’m the
friend of a friend, and I’m doing an art show in Milwaukee.
Would you want to come over and create some music for
it?” Being the type of person who is always up for new
musical challenges, especially for collaborating with
artists in other dsciplines, I said, “Yes.”

These are my musical impressions inspired by the rocks and geology of Wisconsin displayed in Priyanka's showing. The recordings are what I would call 'partial field recordings,' as they were recorded in an open garage in late July, 2018. You can hear neighbors talking, dogs barking, and vehicles driving by. This only adds to the proceedings by inviting the natural world to contribute to the sounds.

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Michael Bettine - Gongs, Bells, Shakers, Kalimba, Orin, Cymbals, Hand Drums.

Shaun - electronics


released October 31, 2018


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Michael Bettine

Percussionist/Composer/Writer/Educator - Besides being a performing percussionist, Michael spent 25 years (1983-2008) as a contributing writer to MODERN DRUMMER magazine. He has also written for AVANT, DownBeat, Rhythm, and other music magazines; published various books on music & percussion, recorded 13 albums of solo percussion music, and currently obsesses over metal percussion of all types. ... more

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