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drawn to… Tibetan Bells by Henry Wolff, Nancy Hennings w. Drew Gladstone

An album of Tibetan bell music made by white folk in 1972 might conjure up images of hippy trail beatniks down a Kathmandu back alley attempting to jam celestial monk music. And, you’d not be far off—a lot of this recording is calming and other-worldly—but some strands within this seven-track album are also quite jarring. Various websites state that this LP was “the first recording to use Tibetan bells”. I don’t know if that’s true or not or how you could even verify that claim. I do wonder how these artists discovered Tibetan bells back in the early 70s. Unfortunately, the Internet appears to have very little information about any of the musicians who played on this recording.

drawn to… Tibetan Bells by Henry Wolff, Nancy Hennings w. Drew Gladstone (1972) close-up

This is another drawing in my drawn2music series. I made this drawing blind using an unsharpened HB pencil on a 21x21cm slightly faded piece of 250g/m2 acid free Clairefontaine paper.

Graham Holliday is an editor, writer and media trainer with twenty years experience working on editorial, educational and digital projects for the BBC and others.