Skinscape: A Tool for Tactile Composition

The skin is a versatile organ, capable of fine temporal and spatial discriminations. Touch is considered by many to be the most important of our senses, for without it we can have no sense of the physical boundaries of our own bodies or our surrounding physical environment. The Skinscape project introduces tools and a wearable that allow us to compose and perceive compositions designed for the skin. The wearable consists of a number of vibrotactile stimulators designed into a body suit. The stimulators are sequenced to play over the body according to the composer's intention. Cutaneous Grooves is a series of tactile and musical compositions designed to demonstrate the perceptual power of the system.