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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Sonic Fabric

There is a short piece up at Wired about Alyce Santoro's Sonic Fabric (via Chiasm). I want sonic pants:
Sound and visual artist Alyce Santoro has created Sonic Fabric, a cloth made from pre-recorded, recycled cassette tape combined with other fibers. Using a minimally hacked Walkman, the fabric becomes an audible reminder of its musical past.

Sonic Fabric feels a bit like flexible plastic tarp, and is durable and hand-washable. Santoro's work has drawn lots of oohs and aahs, and is making waves in the design world.
Reminds me of the curtains I used to make out of cassette tapes that had fallen out of my favor back in high school. I have to admit, I'd jump on stage wearing a dress made of this stuff at the drop of a hat, no matter what the Chiasm guy says:
Unfortunately there's TRIPLE bad news for all you musicians who think it would be 'cool' to 'play' this at your next set:

1 - It's already been done

2 - By Phish

3 - Specifically by Phish drummer Jon FISHman (FISHman!), who wore a custom-designed sonic fabric DRESS that he ""played"" in concert.


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