Midori Hirano is a Japanese musician, composer and producer, born in Kyoto/Japan and now living in Berlin since 2008.
She started learning the piano as a child, and this triggered what was to later see her study classical piano at university.
Therefore 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.
She has released two albums on noble label. Her second, “klo:yuri”(2008), saw her further develop her sound, garnering critical acclaim from various media including TIME magazine , BBC radio and FACT Magazine. Over the following years Midori has performed live throughout Europe and Japan.
Besides producing her own works, she has composed music for films, video installations and dance performances. The films that have commissioned works by Midori have been screened at Berlin International Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Krakow Film Festival and HongKong International Film Festival, among others.
MimiCof is the other solo project of Midori Hirano, in which she explores the realm of experimental music and detailed rhythmic patterns, combined with an idea of drawing melodic shapes and harmonies.
MimiCof has released two albums on PROGRESSIVE FOrM and an EP on her own, and performed at various festivals and events such as Club Transmediale, Heroines of Sound Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival and Boiler Room Berlin.
She also did remixes for Christopher Willits, Kid606, Liars, Sonae and many other artists. The third MimiCof album “Moon Synch” has been released on Alien Transistor label and is based on the recordings she has done with the Buchla analogue modular synthesizer during her residency at EMS Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm.