People are unearthing Renaissance music manuscript doodles and they’re pretty spicy

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People are unearthing bizarre medieval music transcriptions


And here: Medieval illustrations of psychedelic animals playing music raise many questions

Scribes............often the Beevis and Butthead of their times.

And if you sucked as a musician you got to wear the shame flute.

It’s a medieval torture device that was used – once upon a more primitive time – for publicly shaming bad musicians and other disturbers of the peace.

The contraption, which is essentially a heavy iron flute – although you probably wouldn’t want play it – was shackled to the musician’s neck.

The musician’s fingers were then clamped to the keys, to give the impression they were playing the instrument.


Finally, just to further their humiliation, they were forced to wear the flute while being paraded around town, so the public could throw rotten food and vegetables at them.
 

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