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Writing about the Sound of Unicorns

WithSalomé Voegelin

This chapter is the score for a performance lecture given at a conference on Artistic Research in The Hague in 2016. It is inspired by and pursues Saul Kripke’s famous assertion that there cannot have been any unicorns into a discussion of the inaudible as an impossible sound. This is not literally the sound of the unicorn, but the notion of the sound of the unicorn is what engenders its imagination: there are in the woods no sonic bones or fossils of this mythical beast, but there are other, present sounds, which we do not hear and yet they impact on how we understand the trees.