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Cassette-GirlMAKE pal Jean just interviewed New Yorker Alyce Santoro, who weaves ‘Sonic Fabric‘ out of old cassette tapes, and runs tape heads over her clothes to make them audible! “Here’s how she does it – It’s quite simple, actually. Just take an old tape walkman, unscrew the head and remount it on the outside of the plastic housing using silicone. Plug in the headphones, turn the volume all the way up, and press PLAY. Now run the head over the fabric. Works best if you drag it along in the same direction as the tape (as opposed to running it along the warp, which is cotton or polyester). Try it at various speeds and see what happens.” Link.


  • peterflat

    Nam June Paik did a piece like this in 1963 called Random Access. It’s a great idea!

    http://www.medienkunstnetz.de/works/random-access/

  • shawnconna

    Nice interview. We also have a story about her in the upcoming volume of the print MAKE, due out in a month. Cheers!

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