Gong as Drum

Don Conreaux and the gong as drum

note: Randee Ragin

Gong solo, given by Gongmaster Don. Here he is offering an expression of the gong which brings out its sonic relationship to drum, a synthesis of tone and percussion. Don created this technique in order to bring drums and gongs closer, bringing closer the sounds of earth and cosmos.

It's called ideophone mimics membraneophone, and is used during ceremonies in which the Gongmaster as shaman is “sending” healing sound into the earth as a function of an invocation.