Artist Turns Tattoo Into An Experimental Instrument



Moscow-based media artist, Dmitry Morozov, better known as ::vtol::, has created one odd instrument that we want to get our hands tattoos on. His most recent project, titled Reading My Body, includes a sound controller that uses tattoos as the source for a musical score.

The device consists of arduino nano, a metal railing, hand controllers, and a black line sensor (on the tattoo). It then moves up and down the arm using a stepper motor to emit sound. The mechanism also includes a Nintendo Wii controller that uses an Open Sound Control mechanism to add more sounds when moved by the hand.

The tattoo is specifically designed to contain “the maximum number of variable time slots between [sensor] triggers.” The speed of the sensors can be controlled manually, giving an infinite number of reading patterns, and thus a variety of noises or even rhythms.

Reading My Body has been displayed in Moscow, Kaliningrad, and Berlin, but no tattoo parlors yet. We’re wondering what it would sound like if this bad boy was set up on a sleeved-up arm, or anyone with a regrettable tramp stamp. Until then, watch a performance of the tattoo-strument in action.



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