The creation of high-quality ceramics requires precise printing and firing techniques. Using ceramic-making techniques dating back to 1908, manufactures cutting-edge circuit boards that are essential to automobiles and smartphones. The air of the factory is full with the sounds of ceramic fabrication. Foodman turned one of these sounds, the delicate sound of electrical circuits being printed onto ceramic into a vibrant, hybrid dance track.
When people think of circuit boards, they imagine green, plastic panels. However, Nikko makes ceramic circuit boards.
While its still soft, a sheet of ceramic is die-cut with a press before firing. The circuit board design is punched into the sheet.
Electrical circuits are silk screen printed onto the ceramic sheet. Sheets are finished according to the size of the printing press.The scrap material from cutting the circuit board shape from the sheet is stacked up.
NIKKO creates hard ceramic sheets by firing them in a kiln. Ceramic electrical circuits are better for heat resistance and heat dissipation so they’re often used in car engines and other parts that are prone to overheating.
The fired sheets are passed along the production line where their surfaces are rinsed and cleaned. In order to make dense electrical circuit patterns, the surfaces need to be smooth and clean.
NIKKO was founded in 1908 and started off as a manufacturer of fine ceramics. The company applies its expertise in ceramic making and its unique techniques to manufacture ceramic circuit boards.
Founded in 1908. The Nikko factory is located in the town of Hakusan in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Nikko started in the Meiji era as a manufacturer of ceramic dishware. Today the company manufactures what are known as “functional ceramics,” such as electrical circuits and fiberglass reinforced polyester resin (FRP), for use in household electronics.Using ceramic-making techniques, manufactures cutting-edge circuit boards that are essential to automobiles and smartphones.
Shokuhin Matsuri a.k.a foodman Trackmaker/Painter based in Yokohama, Japan. Takahide Higuchi, better known as Shokuhin Matsuri a.k.a foodman, creates music that defies categorisations. His music draws from everything he stumbles across, from Chicago footwork to Okinawan folk music, ambient to J-pop, Talvin Singh's Indian classical music/drum 'n' bass fusion to videogame soundtracks. After releasing his debut album from NY/OH experimental label Orange Milk, his music has been released from international labels including Diplo's Mad Decent and its offshoot Good Enuff. His recent albums (Ez Minzoku, 2016 and ARU OTOKO NO DENSETSU, 2018) have been praised by the likes of Pitchfork, FACT, Tiny Mix Tapes, the Guardian, and Resident Advisor. His prolific catalogue of work has taken him on worldwide tours, and since making his international debut in mid-2016, he has appeared on Boiler Room, Low End Theory, and Unsound just to name a few, as well as headline shows across the US and Europe.
Born in 1979 in Abashiri, Hokkaido. Began his career in 1999 as an engineer in Setagaya’s Heartbeat recording studio. Freelance from 2009. Currently based in Kyoto, working with various artists doing live PA work, recording, mixing, and mastering.
Rintaro Shimohama takes the materials around him, the sights and sounds he experiences everyday, breaks them down, and rebuilds them into something new. He became interested in the factories, and is working as a director on this project.