A gong is an East and South East Asian musical percussion instrument that takes the form of a flat metal disc which is hit with a mallet. Gongs are broadly of three types. Suspended gongs are more or less flat, circular discs of metal suspended vertically by means of a cord passed through holes near to the top rim. Bossed or nipple gongs have a raised center boss and are often suspended and played horizontally. Bowl gongs are bowl-shaped, and rest on cushions and belong more to bells than gongs. Gongs are made mainly from bronze or brass but there are many other alloys in use.

Gongs produce two distinct types of sound. A gong with a substantially flat surface vibrates in multiple modes, giving a “crash” rather than a tuned note. This category of gong is sometimes called a tam-tam to distinguish it from the bossed gongs that give a tuned note. In Indonesian gamelan ensembles, some bossed gongs are deliberately made to generate in addition a beat note in the range from about 1 to 5 Hz. The use of the term “gong” for both these types of instrument is common. (wikipedia.com)

As a musical instrument, the gong accompanied celebrations, funeral ceremonies, songs, and theater plays. In the music of the Asian high cultures, the gong was used as an orchestral instrument. They were also played in private concerts at residences.

Planet Gongs resemble Symphonic Gongs in character, but feature a strong fundamental note tuned to represent a natural harmonic series based on the orbital properties of the Sun, the Earth, the Moon and the other planets as calculated by Hans Cousto. Planet Gongs resonate harmonically with the cycles of the cosmos, communicating to us what has been known since antiquity as the “music of the spheres”. Mysterious in sound color, Planet Gongs convey an unusual atmosphere. (paiste.com)

relaxSonic currently uses sound creation and planetary gongs, both made by Paiste. A very old special antique plate gong and now there are a number of new gongs provided by our sponsor Gongs-Unlimited.com

Our beautiful white frosted Crystal Singing Bowls are made of a quartz crystal silica that produce finely tuned deep feeling tones. Wherever these are played, they fill up the room or area with grounding, peaceful toned vibrations. The bowls are a pleasant meditative aid and accompany the gong very well. They range from notes A through G.

Metal Snging Bowls are made in the Himalayas of Nepal, Tibet, and India. They are said to be made from a seven metal alloy which produces beautiful complex overtones when rubbed or struck with a mallet. The sweet, calming sound that emits from the bowl facilitates relaxation and mediation.

Tingsha are two small cymbals at the ends of a string or leather which goes throught the center of the disks. They are used by Tibetan Buddhists for prayer and rituals and have become a popular tool in the west for sound practitioners and meditation. Tingsha have a sweet sounding high pitched tone when struck together with nice sustaining resonance.

The Roto-sound is a round disk of CuSn8 bronze with a slight taper toward the edge. Their sound is long, lively, warm and bright with a bell character. The Roto-sound holder allows the disk to be spun for an interesting vibrato effect. This instrument may sustain for over 2 minutes. (paiste.com)