A scintillating new electro-funk track created using the complex sounds of the spring production process. According to DJ TASAKA, this track “gives the listener the feeling of becoming part of a jet taking off from Haneda Airport and beginning a journey across the world”. Everything started with this factory. The footage recorded by a company employee inspired the main idea for the entire label.
Springs are manufactured from metal wires. These come in many varieties depending on the types of springs manufactured. They are made by pressing and bending the metal wires into a specified shape.
In order to attain their spiral shape, the metal wires move from the left to the right side of the screen, from which point they are bent and sculpted by machines in what is known as the “rolling” process.
Some springs are manufactured using the “bending” process. These springs are shaped to the desired specifications via a combination of complex steps made by various implements in the machinery.
In a separate process, metal wires are wrapped around a central beam, which results again in the creation of the spiral shape. This process has been very widely used in the production of springs in the past.
Extremely small 0.05 millimeter diameter springs require the use of a magnifying glass in order to discern the spiral shape.
The magnified image of a 0.02 millimeter spring.
Komatsu Spring was founded in 1941, and has three manufacturing centers: in Tokyo’s Ota Ward, Miyagi Prefecture’s Ogawara, and Akita Prefecture’s Ota as well as a new company branch in Indonesia. The company specializes in “precision springs,” for use in electric, optical, medical, and communications devices, as well as the auto and jewelry fields. In particular, they manufacture helical compression springs, extension coil springs, torsion springs, and filigrees. They handle everything from prototypes to mass-production.
When he discovered Hip Hop in middle school, DJ Tasaka got some turntables and a mixer. By 18, he had started his career as a Hip Hop club DJ, eventually falling into his techno-centric, trademark style. Starting in 2001, he released mixed cds and solo albums and worked on the production of Denki Grooves albums and live tour. He also worked on various remixes and collaborations and in July 2015, he self released his new album UpRight.
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.
The former manager of general affairs at Komatsu Spring. Retired in 2016. Recorded the footage of the manufacturing process that would eventually become the starting point for this label. This music video was made using his footage.
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.