Spinning, twisting, and weaving. The machines dance to juke rhythm constructed out of the sounds of this frenetic yet graceful process set to 160BPM. The genre, which finds its origin on the streets of Chicago, is transformed into something entirely new by Japan’s cutting edge technology.
Meiko Futaba wires are made by weaving threads of metal. The black cylinders are the bobbins wrapped with all the metal threads. The threads are thin and extend from the bobbins. The size of the bobbin and the thickness of the thread vary depending on what product is being made.
The rail has an undulating and complex trajectory. The bobbin keeps running at a constant speed on the rail. Various adjustments such as the strength of the tension that pulls the thread and the height at which the thread is put together can make variations in the strength of the weaving.
The machine stitches the wires by overlapping the threads in an alternating pattern. The height of the ring that supports the thread can also change the tension of the thread. At the center of the machine there is a metal plate that creates a cavity in the wire and shapes it.
As you approach, you can see that each of the threads extending from the bobbin are made up of even finer wires of metal. High technical expertise is required to weave an extremely fine metal wire without breaking it in the middle.
Supple metal wires that stretch and shrink are weaved as they pass through the machinery. Meiko Futaba's products are used in various places such as electric power supplies, the electric wires in towns and power plants, as well as harnesses in cars, etc. and life supports.
Founded 1954, Meiko Futaba has manufacturing centers in Ibaraki, Yamanashi, and Iwate prefectures, as well as Guangdong, China. Their main products are electrical wires and harnesses. Their electrical wire division turns metal wire into threads, and twists and weaves them to create everything from power cables for electrical devices, to power lines for towns and power plants, to harnesses for use inside of cars.
Nou & KES, now supervisor of the label “Бｈ○§†”, were inspired in 2007 by the industrial area around Honmoku Pier and teamed up to bring a new vision to Yokohoma Bay’s techno scene. Kent Alexander joined in 2011 and SONY joined in 2012 as a live member. Subsequently, they have gone on to create the album Бｈ○§†, a classic in the domestic juke/footwork scene, and release the Chicago juke/footwork collaboration FAR EAST EP with TRAXMAN, one of the scene’s originators. In 2017 he appeared on NHK’s No-Narration Documentary and had his music featured on sneaker brand JADE’s video, becoming a notable figure beyond the juke/footwork scene.
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.
Born in 1987 in Kobe. Attended Nihon University. Graduated with a major in photography. Joined Amana Inc. in 2011. Freelance since 2014.
Attended Tama Art University and graduated with a major in graphic design. Working as a director/designer/planner.