Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Bosch and Tush: Music of the Spheres?

Many of us are familiar with Hieronymus Bosch and his well-known painting The Garden of Earthly Delights, but not many have focused on the musical butt (no, not Joseph Pujol's butt) in the third, hellish panel of this triptych:

Well, here it is, for your delectation! Lest anyone think these markings are merely a random disarrangement of notes, consider the achievement of a certain "Amelia[, of Chaoskampf,] . . . a hard-of-hearing music and information systems double major at Oklahoma Christian University," who "decided to transcribe it into modern notation, assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants of this era," and arrived at "LITERALLY the 600-years-old butt song from hell"! I gather Amelia is blogging from the twenty-second century since the painting dates to about 1500, but she's perhaps the first to render this piece of ass music in modern notation and offer a performance, which you can listen to on her blog.

Apparently, she's still working on the details -- correcting some notes, working to improve the sound quality, that sort of thing -- but her first rendition has already gone viral! (Here's a follow-up!)

While she's correcting things, she might want to note that adjectives are ordinarily not plural.

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At 3:18 PM, Blogger dhr said...

Cool! --- also in the sense "cul" has in Dante, Inferno 21: 139.

At 10:17 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Got it!

Jeffery Hodges

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