Monday, 4 March 2019


Via the always outstanding Everlasting Blört, we are regaled with a musical performance from medievalist and musician Jim Spalink on lute, harp and hurdy-gurdy playing the composition branded onto the buttocks of one the unfortunate, tortured souls condemned to the infernal flames of Hieronymus Bosch’s triptych (previously) The Garden of Earthly Delights. Spalink had to clean up the notation a bit and got a bit imaginative with the introduction and the end, employing appropriately what’s known as the devil’s interval, a dissonant triton that traditional rules of composition referred to as diabolus in musica, a modality to be eschewed and avoided. Another example of this sort of forbidden chord is in Jimi Hendrix’ opening to Purple Haze.