Listen to Hieronymus Bosch’s
“Butt Song From Hell”

February 17, 2014 | Marina Galperina

An Easter egg was recently unearthed in the Hell panel of Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights. As posted by Tumblr user chaoscontrolled123 discovered “music written upon the posterior of one of the many tortured denizens.” And so, some 500+ years later, the music student decided to transcribe it “into modern notation, assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants of this era,” apologizing profusely for errors after her post of “LITERALLY the 600-years-old butt song from hell” went viral.

Delighted at this, Tumblr user wellmanicuredman then took it up a notch, and recorded Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Music Written on This Dude’s Butt [Choral Arrangement] (Garden of Earthly Delights)” which sounds like this:

He even wrote lyrics.

butt song from hell
this is the butt song from hell
we sing from our asses while burning in purgatory
the butt song from hell
the butt song from hell

Oh, glory is to live in a wonderful age of niche investigative collaborations. Now if only someone recorded this on those Bosch Hell instruments Oxford musicologists built IRL.

UPDATE: Preseting, Kent Heberling‘s “Ancient Ass Music – Hieronymus Bosch’s 500 Year Old Butt Song From Hell” the METAL VERSION, “recorded in a day” with his “trusty ESP LTD EC-1000, Fender Jazz Bass, Line6 Pod X3L, East-West Quantum Leap Orchestral VST, Fruity Loops, and Sonar.” Your move, internet. (Vocals???)