21st Japan Media Arts Festival, award winner Entertainment Division
INDUSTRIAL JP is a music label that creates and distributes musical compositions and music videos by re-editing video samplings of machine tools in operation and field recordings of sound in small factories located here and there in Japan. Numerous musicians and factories producing springs, screws, and the like collaborate to produce club music out of analog sounds of machine tools at work. Seven works have been released as of March 2018. The reverberating sounds of operating machines and gleaming, well-oiled machinery in motion continuously construct a constant rhythm that is presented in beautiful sound and video. Establishment of the label was motivated by a strong sense of the impact of dwindling domestic industry caused by globalization. The label aims to help boost domestic manufacturing by communicating the excitement of small factories in Japan. The website features interviews with the various factories and has become a platform for sharing the advanced technological capabilities of small factories and the appeal of state-of-the-art products crafted by that technological power.