Musician Invents Device That Reads Tattoos, Translates Them Into Music

Musician Invents Device That Reads Tattoos, Translates Them Into Music

Reading my Body‘ is part in a series of projects where artist Dmitri Morozov explores the production of sound through alternative media. For this project, Morozov designed a large mechanical instrument the size of his forearm for the purpose of scanning ink to produce music.


This is a special instrument that combines human body and robotic system into a single entity that is designed to automate creative process in an attempt to represent the artist and his instrument as a creative hybrid.

The device itself is comprised of a few key components; a railing with comfortable hand holders, two parallel black line sensors that move along the arm using a stepper motor, and a 3D Nintendo Wii remote control that uses the Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol to enable additional expression achieved by moving one’s hand in space.

Morozov designed a tattoo specifically for use with the instrument. It contains the maximum number of variable time slots between triggers. The device can be programmed to operate automatically or manually for an infinite number of variations.


Check out VTOL, Morozov’s website that showcases all of the artists wonderful creations. Currently, he’s working on a grouping of unique projects including something called the “Digioxide” – a funky contraption that aims to raise public awareness of environmental pollution by artistic means. Below, you can find a video performance of the Read my Body sound controller.

Image Credit: VTOL

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