Need help with sound and light project

Hi! I am a current fibers student and I am looking into making a sound activated woven cloth. I want to weave some kind of conductive thread that responds to sound and lights up. I am very new to the tech world but am very excited about the possibilities.

Does anyone know a good starting off point? Is Arduino what I need? Are there any books/videos about?

Thanks so much for your help!

Look into EL tape http://www.adafruit.com/category/50

CrossRoads: Look into EL tape http://www.adafruit.com/category/50

I haven't seen anything like this since the '70s. Back then I could only get it in one color and one size, stil thought it was cool. Thanks.