Shiro Fujioka Is VoltageCtrlR

Quartz Composer Experiments

I’ve been back in the studio for the past few weeks finishing my album and getting ready for my live shows. As some of you know I’m a visual artist, I mostly work with acrylic and spray paint. I also do some digital pieces and decided to push that a bit further and get into programing some animated visuals for my live shows.  Quartz Composer is a visual based programing language that really speaks to me because it’s similar to patching my analog modular synth. I’ll be posting some of my QC experiments to give everyone a sneak peek at some of the animated elements that will be  projected at my up coming live shows. These experiments are small pieces of the puzzle.

Here’s two audio reactive Quartz Composer patches I created.

VoltageCtrlr A/V_001  VoltageCtrlr A/V_002 

Celebrate Everything Friday 4/25/14

Back once again with a powerful showcase of Live Experimental Music!

Friday April 25th 2014

CELEBRATE EVERYTHING
experience the sound of the future, today

featuring:

LAUREN BOUSFIELD
Experimental Electronic Music Virtuoso!
“Lauren’s vision of the world carries all the hyper entropy of the one we inhabit every day. But it’s the ecstasy you’ll remember after.” – Electronic Beats
http://laurenbousfieldanyev3r.bandcamp.com/album/avalon-vales
http://kinsmanandmeng.com/lauren-bousfield/

ANDY THE DOORBUM
Songwriter/Performance artist from Charlottle, NC!
LIFE is a WAR. ART is the WEAPON. CREATE or PERISH.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zYXL6CWl04
www.andythedoorbum.com

SHIRO FUJIOKA
One who sees alternative realms through sound and vibration. Modular Synth Composer/Sound Healer Shiro Fujioka creates a world of uplifting frequencies grounded in heavy bass!
http://voltagectrlr.bandcamp.com/
http://vimeo.com/89479840

MIKE DOBLER
A Master of his craft in DIY electronics, Mike Dobler has been making noise for quite some time in the L.A. underground with his consistent output with limited cassette releases now reaching up to catalog number Tape 145!
http://mikedobler.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvNyTgjYK-A

DRUM ‘N BRAIDS
A very rare first time collaboration featuring Donnie Pepper thrashing on the drums, along side Baseck & Joy Through Noise providing additional layers of chaos, melody and percussion!
http://vimeo.com/86316197
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS7csyQtMgA

LASFAR VORTOK
Visual Wizard Laskfar Vortok transcends the atmosphere with his far-out creations!
http://vimeo.com/57693012
www.teachingmachine.tv

What to expect:
Live Performances / Video Manipulation / Drum Machines
Modular Synthesizers / Creativity / Boundary Breaking Music

21+
9PM-2AM
COMPLEX
806 E Colorado St.
Glendale, CA 91205
$5 presale /$10 @ door

http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/celebrate-everything-april-25th-2014-tickets-11321120777

Function-One sound

This event is sponsered by The MuffWiggler Store
http://store.muffwiggler.com/

JOIN US!

Voltagectrlr Live!

The first quarter of 2014 has been an amazing journey so far. I have been performing live analog modular synth compositions up and down the west coast for the past few months and I’m extremely motivated from all the positive feedback I’ve been getting after the shows. I plan on doing more gigs around the US and out of the country soon. I’m very humbled and inspired by all the artist, listeners and promoters I’ve been meeting in the past 4 months. I can’t wait to see what other experiences manifest as I go on this journey exploring, experimenting and sharing my modular synth compositions with as many ears as I can get to listen on this planet.

Live @ Robot Speak ‘Church Of The Super Serge’ San Francisco 3.15.14

Live analog modular synth performance featuring 2 Eurorack synth cases, Arturia Micro Brute and Korg Volca Beats.
Video shot and edited by Ashley T. Hughes

You can download audio of the full set here:

Live @ Fully Patched: Kave Lounge, San Diego 04.06.14

Shiro Fujioka aka Voltagectrlr live in direct in San Deigo at The Kava Lounge… Fully Patched Dangerously Live, first Sunday of the month.
04.06.14 Video shot by Ashley T. Hughes

Booking: voltagectrlr at gmail.com

Twisted Love

'Twisted Love' Acrylic and spray paint on 24 X 24 in. wood panel.

This is a visual story reflecting on a moment in time where I felt my heart
opening, yet I wasn’t experiencing the warm and fuzzy feeling I expected.
I was hit with a rush of emotions while working on this painting during my
transition back to Los Angeles. The serpent like patch chords represent the movement of sound, vibration and energy. The green and blue chord that makes up one half the twisted heart shape is full of symbolism. Green is the color associated with the heart chakra, the blue hues that are spilling out represent the energy of purging from all that is not needed in your life once your heart is truly open. You’ll also notice it’s coming out of a vortex, this symbolizes this cycle is coming to an end.

The green patch chord is rising from the bottom makes up the other half of the twisted heart and is going into a new uncharted realm.

I would also like to point out the black vortex that the green patch chord slithers across looks like a black breast, this symbolizes me being nurtured by HER formlessness. The color pink is
also associated with the heart chakra. The flowing pink energy represents the divine nectar and shakti of the goddess in her manifested form.

The black portal at the top with the explosion of movement and color symbolizes the unknown
beauty of new beginnings.

Available at my etsy shop

 

New paintings for 2014

'Seduction Of Sound' 01 10 x 14 in. acrylic, spray paint and Sharpie on canvas.

The ‘Seduction Of Sound’ series.is inspired by my love of sound and modular synthesis.This collection of paintings tell an abstract story of my relationship and reverence of sound and vibration, Every painting is a snap shot of a parallel universe that I tap into when I sit in front of my modular synth and improvise a composition. After I record my synth composition, I listen to it in the studio and start painting what i see in my minds eye.

These are the first two paintings in the series.

detail of SOS01

detail of SOS01

'Seduction Of Sound' 02 10 x 14 in. acrylic, spray paint and Sharpie on canvas.

Detail of SOS02

Available at:My Etsy Shop

Arturia MicroBrute Experiments

I just had a birthday a few weeks ago (Nov 7th.) And yes I got an Arturia MicroBrute analog synthesizer. This little synth sounds a lot bigger than it looks. I’ve been really enjoying patching it up with my eurorack modular synth. Here’s a few videos of my first few recording sessions with the MicroBrute

MicroBrute + Modular Synth Experiments 

Pulsations of Such Energy

Pulsations of Such Energy from VoltageCtrlR on Vimeo.

"There are several stages in relating with the emotions: seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and transmuting. In the case of seeing the emotions, we have a general awareness that the emotions have their own space, their own development. We accept them as part of the pattern of mind, without question. And then hearing involves experiencing the pulsation of such energy, the energy upsurge as it comes toward you."  

-Chogyam Trungpa

This is a new composition from an upcoming project that I’m going to release before the year is over. It will feature a lot of my ambient compositions. This project will be a collection of my more emotional work as a way to purge and clear the energy before moving into the new year. The pieces on this project will feature my analog modular synth drones and field recordings. I look forward to sharing this project with all the people that have been supporting my art. This collection of songs will be released on limited edition cassettes, cd’s and possibly vinyl if enough people are interested. Thanks again for your ears  and feedback.

Shiro aka Voltagectrlr

The Rings of Shani

This composition is based on the Hindu deity/ energy channel of  Shani also known as Saturn.

Shani is one of the Navagraha which are the nine primary celestial beings in Hindu astrology.He is known as the greatest teacher who represents patience, effort and endurance. Shani is also known as the greatest trouble giver as well as the greatest well wisher. He is depicted dark in color, clothed in black; holding a sword, arrows and two daggers and variously mounted on a black crow. This composition was created with the following instruments:

Hang Drum

An instrument created in Switzerland around 2000
it sounds similar to a steel drum but it’s played with the hands and
produces a warmer sound than it’s distant cousin the steel drum.

Manjeera

An ancient instrument that is in the cymbal family used in devotional music of India.

Gong

An East Asian musical instrument that takes the form of a flat metal disc which is hit with a mallet.

The sound it emits creates pressure waves that vibrate the energy meridians in the body and brings them into balance.

The sound of the gong is know for pulling negative energy out of you like a vacuum.

I highly recommend experiencing a Deep Gong Meditation your body will thank you for it.

Harp

A stringed instrument that has been used as early as 4000 BC in Egypt to heal.

The vibrations emitted by the harp possesses unusual power both to calm and to energize humans and animals.

Other instruments:

Acoustic Guitar, Upright Bass, synths and drum machine were also used.