Have you ever wondered what an 80-inch symphonic gong sounds like? In a video by Wind Chimes Australia, “Gong Master” Sven plays the gigantic metal precision instrument, revealing the harmonic, unearthly sounds it can produce.
Made by Swiss-based Estonian manufacturer Paiste, the huge Symphonic Gong is handmade from nickel silver—a material that can produce a wide-range of sound, depending on how it’s played. Gongs like this one are typically used during meditative “sound healing” or “gong baths” sessions. The deep sound waves are believed to help shift your mood from stressed-out to a blissed-out sense of peace and well-being.
The two-minute video captures Sven hitting the gong very lightly with a large beater, kicking off ripples of deep, metal vibrations that fill the entire room. Sven then switches to a smaller, hammer-like wand and slowly runs it along the gong’s metal surface. This action produces surprising, cinematic, whale-like tones that transport you to an underwater world.
So, sit back, watch the video below, and let the sonic pulse wash over you.