Wednesday, December 28, 2005

dorkbot jan 4 @ location one

i'll be giving a sonic fabric talk/demo for the dorkbot folks next wednesday night, january 4th, at 7pm in soho at location one.

location one
26 greene street between canal and grand
subway: A-C-E-N-R-6 to canal street

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

article in venus

there's a very nice little article about sonic fabric in the winter issue of venus magazine. i don't know if it's quite true that i'm an "accidental artist" or that "i don't know what to call myself", but that's okay. it's a real sweet piece anyhow.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

italian magazine article

this morning i received the translation of a magazine article on sonic fabric that was recently published in an italian magazine. the translation itself is just so good, i couldn't resist posting it here (click below for a pdf of the original article in it's native tongue):

Sonic Attitude
" Wearing music is the forbidden dream of who, of music, lives. It is just from this desire (conscious and unconscious) that we are push when we buy the merchandising of our preferred musician. T-shirt, buttons, bags are only the tip of the iceberg of the imaginary from which they are born and they represent a immediate and clear message for who observe us. There is someone then, equipped of talent and creative abilities, nozzles in do-it-yourself and decorates Ts-shirt with love, writing some lyricsof the preferred song, when not the complete text. It is or it is not a way to dress itself of music? Sure, the ideal would be to be able to dress in music, but how we can do it? Alyce Santoro has made it. Grown in the New Jersey, Alyce often went in boat on the Greenwood lake and its father used the magnetic tape of the musicassette in order to understand from which part the wind pulled .Little Alyce, while, was wondering on the possibility that the wind, hitting in the right way the tape, could make sound in the air the recorded songs. Growing, Alyce discovered that in Tibet the prayers are written on the flags (calls, for this, prayer flags), because the wind, hitting them , would make the prayer flying in the world. Just from the union of these two experiences is born "Sonic Fabric": a tissue in which the tape of the cassette - in which is recorded the music that has influenced mainly the life of Alyce - the tissueit is woven with the cotton, in order to realize dressed, bags and flags. The idea is brilliant, above all is it possible to hear the recording with an old one walkman , making to slide the head on the woven one, to hear"Sound of (1/2) life". Draft of one collection of chosen songs from Alyce Santoro: her adolescence punk band , sciamanic music from the Peruvian forest, the waves of the ocean, The Beatles, some classic music... This creative young person, beyond to a bachelor in marine Biology, has one specialization in scientific illustration and a remarkable number of exposures and performance. In her website there are several the models , always available in more colors, buyable also from Italy! The Monk/Messenger bag (in the photo, the model in pink) is inspired by the bags of the buddhist monks, but also to those of the messengers of New York. Realized with Sonic Fabric, it has various inner pockets to put iPod, keys of house, etc. Good part of the woven thai is necessary in order to realize this bags is hand-made from one cooperative of women in Nepal. John Fishman, the eclectic drummer of the Phish, has asked to the vulcanicAlyce a "Sonic Rythm Dress". In Las Vegas, the musician "has played" just the dress in front of more than 20.000 persons, thanks to a pair of gloves equiped by wireless heades. On the tape used for realize this dress had been recorded with pieces choosen by Phil. The result has been really cool!"

ARPA - Mensile di informazione culturale


Sunday, November 13, 2005

experimental eco-design

a new book just came out, called EXPERIMENTAL ECO-DESIGN, by cara bower. i haven't seen it in person yet, but sonic fabric is included, and the sonic fishdress is on the cover!! it's available at

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


this past sunday i had the greatgood fortune to be part of a phenomenal event called "swap-o-rama-rama". it was conceived by my friend wendy tremaine who had been holding less-formal clothing swaps among friends in her apartment for many years. this one was enormous...there were sewing workshops and demostrations (i gave one myself...all about the sonic fabric). it was held on the lower east side of manhattan at a community center/theater. literally hundreds of people came with bags of clothes to swap, and each went home thrilled with the treasures they'd found. it was more than a successful community was a cultural movement, a undermining of the capitalist consumer machine, where all of us new yorkers got to create an entire aesthetic around the notion of sharing, up close and in person.

more at
and some fantastic video clips here and here

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

9/29 talk and demo at parson's

this thursday evening, september 29th, i'll be giving a little talk and demonstration of sonic fabric for a group called "21F", a bunch of folks who are interested in the intersection of fashion and technology. more info on them here . Parson's School of Design, Design Lab, 7pm, 55 west 13th st, 9th floor.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

sonic fabric on cool hunting

today a nice article and link appeared on the cool hunting website:

Friday, August 05, 2005

Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors

greetings from steamy brooklyn!

my dear friends,
as many of you are well aware, there are certain elements of summer in new york city that could be loathed or savored depending on one's state of mind: the incessant, doppler-effected hurdy-gurdy jingle-mantra of the mr. softee truck, the cool drips of air-conditioner effluent from apartments above onto one's head while walking on the sidewalk, the blast of warm musty air that precedes an approaching subway train.

in the absence of crickets, many cultural institutions throughout the city go to great lengths during the summer months to provide free events which keep the populace in an appreciative mood.

lincoln center's "out of doors" series, of which i have the great honor of being a small part, is a monumental effort to this end.

click here for a calendar of over 100 free music-related events: international, avant-garde, traditional, and experimental:

i will be on hand demonstrating sonic fabric on Sunday august 14th from 2pm to 6pm during "homemade musical instrument day: make and play musical instruments with the mad scientists of music".

hope you can join me there.

if not, i hope you are near some crickets (now there's some radical homemade instrument makers for ya).


Wednesday, June 01, 2005

open studio weekend june 4 & 5

this coming sat and sun, june 4th and 5th, brooklyn's carroll gardens and red hook neighborhoods will be holding their annual open studio weekend. lots of artists' spaces will be open for perusing, including mine, from noon to 6pm each day (maps and other info available at ). in addition to having work-in-progress on display, there will also be silkscreen prints on paper and sailcloth, sonic fabric flags and bags, &etc. available in the alyce b. obvious philosoprops and subtle reality technologies souvenir and supply shoppe.

hope to see ya!

allbest, alyce

alyce santoro
85 luquer st. #1
brooklyn, ny 11231

directions by train: F to carroll st. go right one block to court st, left on court, walk a few blocks to luquer st, right on luquer two blocks to #85 on right.

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

donations of tapes needed!

the great news of late is that the women at the craft cooperative in nepal where some of the sonic fabric is being produced can work directly from individual cassette tapes (as opposed to the spools of tape that are being "adaptively reused" at the wonderful mom-n-pop mill here in the states)! so i can once again accept donations of individual tapes. all kinds welcome, especially lovingly-made vintage mix tapes, experimental stuff, homemade recordings of local sounds, rants, raves, spiritual and indiginous musics, your favorite stuff that you've been hesitant to part with, but would for a good cause. please send tapes to:

sonic fabric c/o
daniel tamang
Shangri-La Crafts
2708 Virginia St.
Berkeley, Ca 94709

text of the ny times article

I Can't Hear You Over That Dress

Published: May 1, 2005

This fabric is loud. Not 70's-necktie loud - literally loud. Sonic Fabric, a 50-50 blend of cotton and cassette tape, is the brainchild of Alyce Santoro, a conceptual artist who thinks big, chewy thoughts in her Brooklyn studio. Ms. Santoro first wove the shimmery cloth on a loom several years ago, blending cotton with recorded cassette tapes of her high school punk band, of Jack Kerouac's voice, of Beethoven's Sixth Symphony and more. "It was just a conceptual art piece at first," she said. "It was about the 'fabric of the universe,' of having Allen Ginsberg reading next to Tibetan monks chanting next to the Beatles."

It didn't occur to Ms. Santoro that those concepts might be made audible again. But one day when she showed her creation to another artist, he whisked her to a store to buy a cassette Walkman. He unscrewed the tape head, glued it to the outside of the Walkman and moved it along the fabric. Out came a sound. Though unintelligible - a low hum like a whale cry - it was "magical," Ms. Santoro said.

Profitable, too, she hopes: the fabric of the universe is now being mass-produced. Ms. Santoro buys huge spools of blank Maxell tape and has her latest sound sampler - which includes the likes of Bjork, crickets and Tibetan monks chanting - transferred onto the spools at a Long Island duplication studio. Then the tape is woven with cotton at a Rhode Island mill and shipped to Nepal, where a Tibetan women's craft cooperative uses the fabric to make bags of Ms. Santoro's design, a hybrid of satchels carried by Tibetan monks and New York bike messengers. They're currently sold at Flirt and 3r Living in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and NY Artificial in the West Village. She's also had product placement: at a Phish concert in Las Vegas last year, the drummer John Fishman donned a sonic fabric dress and gloves with tape heads sewn into them. Mr. Fishman "played" his dress, working the audience of 20,000 into a frenzy.

The dress was recently displayed in a Massachusetts museum, pleasing Ms. Santoro, who still considers herself more artist than designer. "I'm treating it like an art project, not really like a business," she said. "Which is why I only have $300 in my bank account."

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

sonic fabric in the times!

ohmyheavens, friends, there's a lovely little article about sonic fabric in the sunday ny times: