“Early Netherlandish painting butt music from hell” is a genre we never thought we’d get to hear but here we are and there it is.
In the 1490s and all the way up until 1510, extraordinary artist and leading painter of the Early Netherlandish period Hieronymus Bosch created a masterpiece of art with his incredible painting: The Garden of Earthly Delights.
The painting is filled with intricate detail and surrealism ahead of it’s time. It’s an astonishing feat that took up around 20 years of Bosch’s life.
Hidden within the painting is an ass more notable than the any of the hundred other booties depicted. This particular ass, found in the hellish landscape of the right panel, has musical notation tattooed across both cheeks.
Resist thine earthly urges that lead a man towards sin. For once ye hath sinned, your buttocks shall be used as a demon’s sheet music.
Oklahoma Christian University student Amelia Hamrick went through the rigorous process of studying this particular butt and transcribing the music depicted on those pale cheeks. She then recorded what she aptly described as “LITERALLY the 600-years-old butt song from hell”.
She says of her work: “I decided to transcribe it into modern notation, assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants of this era.”
YouTube user Jim Spalink has taken Amelia’s transcription and, with a little personal embellishment, created an enchanting recording of the piece using a lute, harp and hurdy-gurdy. The perfect trio of instruments transports you back 600 years and makes you feel like you’re hearing the music from the butt itself.