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
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' 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
'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
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 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."
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
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:
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.
An ancient instrument that is in the cymbal family used in devotional music of India.
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.
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.
Acoustic Guitar, Upright Bass, synths and drum machine were also used.