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Don ‘The Gong’ Conreaux: Performances

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Mysterious Tremendum in the Den of Cin

Mysterious Tremendum Ensemble, under the direction of Gongmaster Don Conreaux performed in the Den of Cin, East Houston Street, New York City, towards the end of 1997.

A most unusual and exceptional combinations of venue and performers.

Notes by Randee Ragin and Don Conreaux

In this multi-media experience we created an improvisation, blending synchronous chaos of the moment, in a somewhat intimate venue with a bar, tables, and dance space. It was to be a complete surprise for the audience. We arrived under cover( so to speak), set up without being noticed and began to play, roaming the entire space during the performance event. Audience, performer, witness, participant, all blended into a “never before, never again” experience. To close the event, Don performed his Dance of the Gong, and transported us all into the timeless zone.

Improvisational Performer Collaborators:
Mysterious Tremendum Ensemble members on instrumentation which included gongs, conchs, animal horns, native American pow wow and frame drums, rattles and shakers, bells, voices
Tribe dance theatre members
Museum of Sound Recording members
Den DJs
Independent Video Artists

Improvisational Performance Included:
Video walls of pre-recorded materials in combination with live feed of activities within the Den, two turntable DJ’s, two video artists, one male and one female dance movement artists, and eight musicians in the ensemble.

Private performance, NYC, January 11 2003

Gong therapy, the cosmos, the whole alternative description of the world around us is invoked in Don ‘the Gong’ Conreaux’s interview, conducted at his home in Greenwich Village, New York City, on a bone-chilling Saturday in January 2003. You can listen to his measured tones as well as read the (edited) transcript. At the end, he offered the interviewer, Mike Thorne, the gong experience: ‘lie down on the bed, we’ll turn the lights down, and I’ll play.’

The sound was stunning at close quarters. It became easy to see why people go cosmic over the experience. Thorne had recorded gongs many times and stuck his fat ear in them in the studio to find the best place for the hapless microphone to pick up the challenging sound. At Don’s suggestion, a recording was made in stereo on the portable DAT player used for his interview. Thorne reports that he was worried for the first 30 seconds about tape overload (the gong is one of the most technically demanding instruments in the studio), then decided that the memory of the experience was more about fun than a pristine master tape.

As happens cosmically, the tape sounded great. So, with Don ‘the Gong’ Conreaux’s permission, we offer (see this or our Downloads page) the six-minute personal performance as a stereo hi-res mp3 download (about 6Mb). Even in mp3, you hear the extraordinary changes and details in the performance by a true virtuoso. It’s impossible to reproduce the swirling spatial sounds you hear in front of the real thing, but you get a very exciting clue. Don’s CDs give you even more sonic stimulation, and you can buy them at his site.y aspect of this content in the module Design settings and even apply custom CSS to this text in the module Advanced settings.