A Tattoo That Makes Music

Tattoos are works of visual style. But what if they had other functions that can’t be detected by the eye?

Such is the inkwork on Dmitry Morozov, a visual artist. He has a tattoo on his arm that serves as a barcode that can be scanned by a homemade sensor. The sensor, while reading the code, plays music at different tonalities, from a “theremin squeal to the low moan of guitar feedback.” And as reported by consequenceofsound.net, the build of the sensor is relatively simple: “the device uses two black line sensors available at most hardware stores, a basic stepper motor, and parts of a Wii remote.”

Could this be referred to as a multi-media tattoo? And is it the world’s first? Check out the video to hear the amazing sounds that are coming off of Morozov’s tattoo.

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