• The Musical Instruments in Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights Get Brought to Life, and It Turns Out That They Sound “Painful” and “Horrible”

    9 days ago - By Open Culture

    Welcome to The Garden of Earthly Delights .
    You'll find no angelic strings here.
    Those are reserved for first class citizens whose virtuous lives earned them passage to the uppermost heights.
    Down below, stringed instruments produce the most hellish sort of cacophony, a fitting accompaniment for the horn whose bell is befouled with the arm of a tortured soul.
    How do we know that's what they sounded like?
    A group of musicologists, craftspeople and academics from the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments at the University of Oxford , took it upon themselves to actually build the instruments...
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