The Fabric That Sings To You

“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.” Of course, that’s no why it’s getting attention: if you run a specially mounted head from a cassette player over the fabric, it will literally play the music embedded in the tape. “[Santoro’s] latest creations play 20 tracks at once. She creates sound collages on a four-track, and the reader picks up five strands at a time.”