If you thought reading musical notation is hard now, just imagine how much harder it would have been in the Middle Ages.
Music way back then was passed down through oral tradition and had coded signs above the texts of these chants called neumes to indicate pitch, but there wasn’t anything for rhythm, making it nearly impossible to translate it today.
Not like that was gonna stop Sam Barrett of the University of Cambridge.
Dude spent nearly two decades working to decode a manuscript known as The Cambridge Songs, an 11th century collection of 83neume-notated Latin poems, trying to perform the music as accurately as possible.
Check it out below: