IxD Theatre

Directed by Kang woon jin

Designed by Lee ha lim

Crafted by Kim yong duk




We had an experimental work where we assigned a sound of a musical instrument to a trivial barcode that we see every day, and with the sound, we were able to create a harmonious piece of music. The ‘Barcode Band Music Box’ we produced includes barcodes, formed by computer graphics, and the barcode reader. When the graphics of the barcode, which is printed on the music box, are scanned by the reader, the recognized barcode will reproduce its own sound of the musical instrument.


Ever since the society has shifted from analog generation to digital generation, inputting diverse information into two-dimensional graphic designs, such as barcodes and QR codes, has become part of our everyday life. This digital instrument called ‘Barcode Band Music Box’ is not just a new type of musical instrument. It is an instrument that communicates through the language of music. Therefore, a person can conduct music using only the barcode reader without a musical instrument. The making of the music box was composed of several different teams taking part as sound and video, design of the box, and the design of the graphics inside the box.

A band performance using a barcode reader

The BARCODE BAND, unlike the information base edited material contained in part1, is an interactive image which uses maxmsp and a bar code reader. As an attempt to go beyond the paper format of the edited material, we attempted to express an image of freely enjoying the digital by using the visualization and auralization of the bar code.

As we enter into a digital society of bar codes and QR codes, the act of containing various information in 2D graphics is becoming routine. We add the sounds of instruments to bar codes that only marked price data, and we now can create music by combining the various sounds of instruments. The bar code band music box we created include graphics consisting of bar codes and the bar code reader. When the bar code graphic printed on the music box is scanned with the reader, the scanned bar code materializes the inherent sound of the instrument contained to produce music.

The significance of the datamation of the digitial society

This new digital instrument prints out in a single sheet the existing heavy instruments so that the users of music box can make bands perform wherever they wish. The bar code band music box is in itself a communication tool which communicates through music, and people without instruments can conduct the band using the bar code reader.

The video was broadcasted in various overseas media including design boom and domestic magazines and stations after being selected as Vimeo STAFF PICK which is a rare occurrence for a Korean. Subsequently, it was performed in exhibits and performance halls which were based on the existing barcode band project.

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