The special Galician-edition of Sonic Fabric was made into garments by students at the University of Vigo - Adrian Rivas, Antonio Santos, and David Del Rio. Exibition and live performance took place at the Cidade da Cultura in Santiago de Compostela on December 14. 2011.
Photo by Erik Gould, courtesy RISD Museum
VOIDNESS DRESS, Sonic Fabric A-line dress and apron with velvet "voidness"(or silence) patch. Recorded with"Sounds of 1/2 Life" Edition. 2008.
"Voidness is Matter, Matter is Voidness." - The Heart Sutra
Photo courtesy Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
TELL-TAIL THANGKAS, 9'x9' set of 5 prototype sailboat sails inspired by Tibetan prayer flags and tell-tails (wind indicators) made of cassette tape often used on sailboats. Each color in the stripe pattern represents a musical note to form a readable musical score. Recorded with "Sounds of 1/2 Life" Edition. 2007
SONIC SUPERHERO DRESS #1. Half beige and half gray, this is the first piece woven from 100 individual cassette tapes recorded with a range of sounds (mix tapes, ocean surf, Laurie Anderson, Beethoven, The Beatles, my high school punk band, etc.). 2003.
|SONIC SCROLL: 3' x 24’, Sonic Fabric recorded with Between Stations Sound Collages (sounds of NYC),SLOW NUMBERS installation at SHOW ROOM, 2012|
FISHDRESS (THE MUSICAL SUIT. Custom-made musical instrument/garment for Phish percussionist Jon Fishman woven from sounds culled from his personal audiotape collection (Sun Ra, Hendrix, Coltrane, etc.).
The orange doughnut shape is one that, coincidentally, Jon and I both use in our work – for me it has long been a symbol of the ultimate cosmic wave/particle. For Jon it is the pattern on an African mumu given to him by a fan which has become his standard drumming garment.
In Zen Buddhism, the ensō symbolizes Sunyata, or voidness...&/or the creative freedom that comes from letting go of the conscious mind.
I modeled Jon's dress after the one he typically wears in concert.
The Musical Suit was worn and "played" using tape head gloves on stage during a Phish show in Las Vegas in 2003:
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