Spring-making robots

8 minutes

Dance dance automation: music from the factory floor

Melding footage of analogue mechanisation with electronic music created from the actual sounds of small factories across Japan, this transfixing short features robotic arms cooperating to bend, twist and cut small coils into an amazing array of springs with mesmerising precision. The result is 五光発條 × Sountrive「GOKO BANE」– a music video to a hypnotic dance track. 

Via Kottke

Video by INDUSTRIAL JP

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