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BOSTON - A dress made from recycled cassette tapes – and featuring a range of music from Jimi Hendrix to Ella Fitzgerald – will go from the stage to a museum display next week.

Starting Jan. 15, Sonic Rhythm Dress, created by New York artist Alyce Santoro for Phish drummer Jon Fishman, will go on display at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass., as part of Trashformations East, an exhibit featuring art created from found objects or recycled materials.

To create the dress, Santoro wove together "sound collages" made from cassette tapes of Fishman's favourite musicians, including Hendrix, Fitzgerald, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Prince and Sun Ra.

Also woven into the sound-emitting textile are inspirational lectures by Buddhism instructor and biographer Robert Thurman, religion writer Joseph Campbell and psychedelic author Terrence McKenna.

Using specially designed tape-head gloves, Fishman "played" the dress before 20,000 fans in Las Vegas, at one of Phish's final concerts last April.

After more than two decades of marathon concerts mixing everything from bluegrass to electronica, the group upset its legions of dedicated fans last May when bandleader Trey Anastasio announced Phish was breaking up. The group, one of America's top touring bands, played its final concert in August.

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Written by CBC News Online staff

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