The Music of Skulls II: Osteography


An ‘unheard of experiment’ began to obstinately recur to him: skull-phonography. What if he was to retrace this sutural groove with a record needle? ‘A sound would necessarily result, a series of sounds, music….’ Rilke speculates that the ‘Ur-Geräusch’ which ‘would then make its appearance’ via the infallible needle, was a ‘starting point’ for opening poetry onto ‘the world’s whole field of experience’…