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September 10, 2019 (permalink)

This just in from tech wizard Gordon Meyer:

"Taken in Bavaria’s Black Forest, I put the Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound in practice."

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September 7, 2019 (permalink)

The unicorn.  From Europa's Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs and illustrated by John Batten, 1916.  See A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
#vintage illustration #fairy tale #unicorn
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August 31, 2019 (permalink)

From Lustige Blätter, 1900.
#vintage illustration #eagle #mountaintop #unicorn #art #bear #rooster #national animals
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July 5, 2019 (permalink)

We're delighted that Cuddlebot's album, A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound(track), is now available (at cost, $5) in CD format over at Amazon, as well as digitally (for free) via Bandcamp and CD Baby.  For the complete experience (almost, but not quite overwhelming), pair the album with the book A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
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July 1, 2019 (permalink)

A carefully gathered snowball is like a library of unicorn sounds stored on crystalline shelves?  Two proofs: A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound as well as the soundtrack version.  Our illustration is courtesy of Prof. Oddfellow's sketchbook.

#unicorn #snowball
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June 13, 2019 (permalink)

Belated thanks to blogger Brizdaz (Darren) in Australia for writing about our Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound:

"I have to say first off that I have had no interest in unicorns, until I came across this book."

Meanwhile, there a thrilling new soundtrack to the field guide by the Seattle band Cuddlebot.

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June 11, 2019 (permalink)

From Le Journal Amusant, 1913.  See A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
#vintage illustration #unicorn #art #vintage fashion #vintage hair
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June 3, 2019 (permalink)

Free download: a musical version of our field guide to identifying unicorns by sound, by the Seattle band Cuddlebot.  It's like the baroque majesty of Disneyland's Main Street Electrical Parade, recorded in the field.  We're tickled and honored to have inspired this beguiling sonic masterpiece.  Physical copies of the original field guide do exist!  A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.

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April 19, 2019 (permalink)

From Kladderadatsch, 1923.   See A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
#vintage illustration #unicorn #art
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April 2, 2019 (permalink)

We discovered this secret to hearing unicorns when we found a key to a locked library during an urbex exploration of a ruined wizard's manor.
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February 25, 2019 (permalink)

From Kladderadatsch, 1931.
#vintage illustration #unicorn #art #lion #lion and unicorn
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January 28, 2019 (permalink)

From Fliegende Blätter, 1944.
#vintage illustration #unicorn #art #fear of medicine
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January 27, 2019 (permalink)

Mythical sounds were second nature for voice artist Karen Kahler.  We're working with her and the band Cuddlebot on a musical translation of A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
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January 14, 2019 (permalink)

Ursula K. Le Guin on why books about unicorns are true:

For fantasy is true, of course. It isn’t factual, but it is true. Children know that. Adults know it too, and that is precisely why many of them are afraid of fantasy. They know that its truth challenges, even threatens, all that is false, all that is phony, unnecessary, and trivial in the life they have let themselves be forced into living. They are afraid of dragons, because they are afraid of freedom.

So I believe that we should trust our children. Normal children do not confuse reality and fantasy - they confuse them much less often than we adults do (as a certain great fantasist pointed out in a story called “The Emperor’s New Clothes”). Children know perfectly well that unicorns aren’t real, but they also know that books about unicorns, if they are good books, are true books. All too often, that’s more than Mummy and Daddy know; for, in denying their childhood, the adults have denied half their knowledge, and are left with the sad, sterile little fact: “Unicorns aren’t real.” And that fact is one that never got anybody anywhere… It is by such statements as, “Once upon a time there was a dragon,” or “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit” - it is by such beautiful non-facts that we fantastic human beings may arrive, in our peculiar fashion, at the truth.

—"Why are Americans Afraid of Dragons?", The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction

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January 1, 2019 (permalink)

It's true and believable: our very own Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound is a precursor to Have You Ever Heard a Unicorn's Song?
Meanwhile, we're pleased to announce a new installment in our audio companion to the unicorn field guide.
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December 15, 2018 (permalink)

From Kladderadatsch, 1934.  See A Field Guide to Identifying Unicorns by Sound.
#vintage illustration #unicorn #art #lion #rooster #flying animals #national animals #airforce
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November 13, 2018 (permalink)

A rooster on a cat on a unicorn.  From Kladderadatsch, 1926.
#vintage illustration #cat #unicorn #art #rooster #stacked animals #national animals
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October 27, 2018 (permalink)

From Kladderadatsch, 1938.
#vintage illustration #unicorn #art #scissors #wire cutter
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September 8, 2018 (permalink)

From Kladderadatsch, 1931.
#vintage illustration #unicorn #art #redhead
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September 4, 2018 (permalink)

From Kladderadatsch, 1939.
#vintage illustration #unicorn #art #skeleton horse #dead horse #death horse
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