Mathew Clayton – History of the Cowbell

The acclaimed Alpinist and controversial Lepidopterast Mathew Clayton will be unlocking the secrets of the cowbell arguing that more than the synthesiser or even the French horn THIS WAS the instrument that defined the 20th Century. Why did Kraftwerk name their studio Kling Klang? How big a bell is too big a bell? What is the strange force they call Ding Dong? And why is it the opposite of Kling Klang?These fascinating questions and many more will be hotly debated in a topical talk about a humble metal canister that when beaten with a stick makes a noise that shakes even Olympus! Mathew Clayton is co-author of Lundy, Rockall, Dogger and Fair Isle: a celebration of the islands round Britain.

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