Close to 20 layers of various colored liquids are evenly applied onto the film material at high-speed. The sounds that are produced as these multiple layers transform into highly-functional film, is nothing short of an ensemble. Behind this transformation process is a water-based coating technology that is enabled by abundant water resources. SUGIURUMN has reconstructed the sounds generated by this process into a flowing yet danceable, tech house track, while leaving the original layers of sound untouched.
Water-based coating technology is one of the many features that characterizes Fujifilm’s photographic film manufacturing process. It does not utilize organic solvents, making it an environmentally friendly manufacturing method.
Photographic film is created by applying several layers of chemicals. The most distinctive feature of Fujifilm’s water-based coating technology is its use of simultaneous multi-coating technology which enables multiple layers to be applied without blending.
Water is less volatile and takes longer to dry than organic solvents. However, Fujifilm has devised a unique long drying furnace which ensures that productivity does not drop.
There is no light in the dark room, making it impossible to check by eye. The lighted numbers are covered by a filter during the actual manufacturing process, limiting the amount of light so that you can only just make out the numbers.
Instax cameras eject self-developing film after a photo has been taken. It goes without saying that the film itself is processed in a lightless dark room.
The assembled film is packaged, and some samples are selected for quality inspection.
Film cartridges that have passed the inspections are individually wrapped in lightproof bags which are placed in small boxes that serve as the main product packaging. These are then packed in cardboard boxes and delivered to stores.
Fuji Photo Film Company Ltd. was established in 1934, after separating from Dainippon Celluloid Company under a plan to create a domestic photographic film manufacturing industry. Since the establishment of its Ashigara-Site in Kanagawa, it has worked to manufacture consistently high-quality photographic film. Today, its holdings include not only the production division of Fujifilm Photo Manufacturing, but also Fujifilm Advanced Research Laboratories, and Highly Functional Materials Research Laboratories, which are the heart of both Fujifilm’s production and technological innovations.
Head of BASS WORKS RECORDINGS, SUGIURUMN has released eight original albums as well as numerous singles from various record labels around the world. The PACHA IBIZA mixed CDs he produced for three consecutive seasons achieved strong sales and as a DJ, he is known for playing 24-hour sets on several occasions. Taking full advantage of his boundless physical and mental energy, he has recently been more globally active, playing in cities such as Ibiza and Manchester. Over 150 titles have already been released under his label BASS WORKS RECORDINGS which he established in 2013 and it continues to generate quality dance music for listeners around the world. In 2017, he explored the theme of AI in “AI am a boy” – his first album in three years. He is currently working on his upcoming new album.
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.
A director and filmmaker affiliated with Tokyo’s Visual Design Studio. With works featuring 3DCG software and motion graphics such as “Night Stroll”, a music video for tofubeats featuring “an all-night dance”, the director’s specialty is a skillful use of light to change ordinary scenes into something entirely different.