Yoon Chung Han, Byeong-jun Han

Digiti Sonus

Fingerprints are unique biometric patterns on human and primate bodies. They are clearly recognizable patterns that can be manipulated and saved into large databases. Due to their distinct and unique visual patterns, they have been useful for personal identification and security.

We believe fingerprints are the most intuitive and powerful source of data that represent an individual’s pure voice and identity. There is no trick or filter on the fingerprint patterns. Only the simple, spiral pattern displays the truth of human birth, genes, and growth. Thus, fingerprints are a powerful resource not only for revealing societal identities, but also for exploring our bodies’ inner, unconscious, and pure voices.

Digiti Sonus is an interactive audiovisual art installation based on fingerprint sonification. Transforming fingerprints’ unique patterns into sonic results allows the audience to experience the discovery of sensory identities. The sonification of data produces a real-time music composition as a representation of integrated human identities. The distinct visual features of fingerprints as an open musical score are executed in diverse ways and converted into three-dimensional animated images. By varying the starting point of animated visuals, the musical notes are reorganized in different orders and duration, and they resonate in listeners’ bodies and minds.

In this artwork, sonification can serve as an effective technique for representing complex information like human body patterns. Transforming fingerprints’ unique patterns into sonic results allows listeners to discover sensory identities. The data is transformed into different XYZN scales and magnified into an immersive audiovisual representation. Listeners can “perform” musical sounds, providing input that results in dynamic audiovisual output.


This work is the result of DaVinci Media art project 2012, which is supported by Seoul Art Space and Geumcheon art space.

Kinetica in partnership with Seoul Art Space GEUMCHEON

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