Showing posts from April, 2015

Time Shifting

Time does not exist—this is a new quantum physics theory that is gaining in popularity: 

There is no past. 
There is no future. 
There is just the present moment, which is all possible moments existing at once.

Thus by changing our perception, we can change our view of time.

If you've worked with Gongs/Bowls/Bells for long enough, you know that the resulting vibrational fields can alter your perception of time. How often have you played for an hour and you, and/or your participants, have remarked that it seemed like 10 minutes? I hear this a lot from people at my sessions. 

Another scenario is people who feel like they're been gone for hours, even though it was just 1 hour. Time shifting. Changing your perception of what time is and where it is, or perhaps more accurately, where you are in relation to time at any given moment.

Yogis and Spiritual Masters talk about enlightenment, or nirvana, where you merge with the oneness of all. This is the point where you understand that time doe…

The Importance Of Doing Your Research

Recently there was a whole Facebok thread started by Dr. Mitch Nur. It was all about the validity of the often used quote:

“Sound will be the medicine of the future.”
This has been attributed to the famous sleeping prophet, Edgar Cayce (1877-1945). Cayce was famous for being able to give readings to people, and also answer various questions on things such as the future, Atlantis, reincarnation, etc. while in a trance. Much of what he said was written down by a stenographer and is available in various books or on the web. You can check things out on the official Cayce website, Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.)

Edgar Cayce
Now Mitch was questioning the validity of this quote and wrote to A.R.E. to ask if they could find it in their archives and verify it. There reply to him was:

"Good Morning: thank you for your inquiry. I have researched the Edgar Cayce Readings and can find no reference to the quote on 'Sound will be the medicine of the Future.' There are m…

A Thousand Colors of White

There seems to be a sort of idea that to be spiritual, and to work with the Gongs/Bowls/Bells, you need to wear some sort of specific dress. For many people, they think of wearing white. White is often associated with purity, or harmony. If you like white, or you belong to a religious/spiritual group that prefers white, then wear it. But if you vibrate to a different frequency, to a different color, wear that. 

I don't have any white clothes. I don't wear white. I don't vibrate with white. So don't expect me to wear white to fit your needs of me being spiritual. I have almost always worn black, maybe some red, gray, or blue. But I really like black. I feel comfortable in it. I feel its vibration. It works for me. 

And I almost always take off my shoes when I play. That's not out of respect for anything, but more for practicality. 1) I can move around quietly, 2) I can feel the vibrations through the floor better. That's all.

The Universe doesn't care what you …

The Mystique Of Nostalgia

I remember when I first started getting into Gongs/Singing Bowls/Bells back in the mid-1970s, it was difficult to find them. Yes, you could find Paiste Gongs, which were distributed by Ludwig, then Rogers Drums at the time, but to find real Chinese/Asian instruments was a challenge. You had to know someone, who knew someone, who had a cousin in California who had a few instruments for sale. It really was by word of mouth. The only place to reliably find Asian instruments of quality back in the 1970s was Carroll Sound in NYC. Carroll Sound was a big company that rented and sold all sorts of weird, strange, exotic, and hard to find instruments to the many TV and music studios in NYC. This was back when the major TV & radio networks still had house bands and orchestras, and the majority of the TV and commercial music was coming out of NYC.

I still have the Carroll Sound catalog from back then, with such exotic items in it as the marching men effect, wind sirens, and instruments from a…

Miking Your Gongs/Bells/Bowls In Larger Rooms - Part 3

Microphones. If you've been doing your research, you've come to know that there are literally hundreds and hundreds of choices. And the more you learn, the more you can make an informed choice about what to use.

OK, now let's assume you have picked out some mics, or have an idea of what you should use in any given situation. Now let's look at how to apply them.

A lot depends on your set up. If you use 1 Gong, it's very easy to just stick a mic there and amplifying the sound. And that's something you need to emphasize to whoever is running the sound reinforcement for you:

You only want to amplify the original acoustic sound.
That means no effects, no fancy EQ, no added stuff except to amplify the volume to make it presentable to a large room. And with that, once levels are set, they need to be left alone so the Gong player can control their own volume by playing soft, loud, and anywhere in between. That means, when you play quietly, the sound person does not need to…