Moscow-based artist Dmitry Morozov designs and builds what his website refers to as "DIY and circuit-bent instruments" for his own needs and for other musicians and artists to use. His latest engineering feat is this tattoo scanning sound controller system that reads the design on his arm and plays a series of sounds based on the information it receives from its black line sensors.

"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 artist explains. The device also uses a Wii controller that "uses the OSC protocol in order to give a possibility of additional expression achieved by moving hand in space." The sound that the device emits isn't exactly a smooth sax solo, but it is very interesting to watch Morozov control it and to hear what a tattoo "sounds" like.

Check out the demonstration below:

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[via DesignBoom]