Bosch's Butt Music – When History, the Internet, and Metal Collide – Those Who Dig

March 14, 2014

| Those Who Dig

The Internet is a strange and glorious place. A few weeks ago blew up with the transcription of music written on a man’s butt in the depiction of hell in Hieronymus Bosch’s painting, The Garden of Earthly Delights. Well, at least in our circle of musician and history buff friends it did. It made it’s way around Tumblr, Gawker, Buzzfeed, and the music history student responsible for the original transcription, and the choral adaptation of the piece were featured on Anderson Cooper’s Ridiculist.

Within a few days of the news, our own Kent Heberling took it upon himself to create an orchestral metal version of the tune, because what else would you do with a sinner’s hymn written on a man’s butt in a renaissance depiction of hell? It’s an intentionally ridiculous 2-minute experience complete with a string orchestra, brass, a heavy bass line, and of course over-the-top guitar work. Excitingly, his version of the tune just passed 10,000 views on YouTube and is still seeing a steady stream of traffic. Those Who Dig isn’t about tooting our own horn, but that’s a pretty big milestone not to mention. Congrats to Kent, and make sure to check out his contribution to the utter ridiculousness that is the world wide web.

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