Midori Hirano – Distant Symphony (2021)
Composition comissioned by Heroines of Sound
Production Radio Belgrade
»Distant Symphony« is a composition consisting of several tones I recorded by operating the EMS Synthi 100 synthesizer during my residency at Radio Belgrade. In this work, all sounds from this instrument are recorded as mono signals, then mixed into a long piece of music, so that the audience can experience the machine’s uniqueness and versatility of sound slowly, from start to finish. This work was created to show my respect for the Synthi 100’s character: though a vintage instrument, it has never lost the beauty of its modern sound.
Midori Hirano is a Japanese musician, composer, and producer from Kyoto who crossovers a wide range of genres and cultures. She studied piano at the university, but after finishing her study began to compose her own music on the computer and living in Berlin since 2008.
Her productions are based on the use of acoustic instruments such as the piano, strings or guitars, but yet experimental and an eclectic mixture of modern digital sounds with subtle electronic processing and field recordings.
Midori deals with beat-oriented electronic music under her other moniker MimiCof. During her stay at EMS Elektronmusikstudion in 2015, she recorded sound materials for her album “Moon Synch” with a Buchla Synthesizer System.
She has released nine solo albums so far, and her latest record “Invisible Island” has been released on Sonic Pieces in February 2020.
Photo credit: Sylvia Steinhäuser
Air date: 10/11/2021 21:00 - 10/11/2021 22:00