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Boomkat Product Review:
Midori Hirano embraces the EMS Synthi 100 at Radio Belgrade as her sole tool for generating complex, fractal, experimental ambient geometries in her latest Mimicof album
Like a synthetic chamber work viewed from the wrong end of a telescope, ‘Distant Symphony’ offers a richly peculiar and compelling vehicle for Mimicof’s experimental urges. Subtly contrasting the modern classical sound of her solo work as Midori Hirano, this album follows from her previous work, exclusively using the Buchla analogue modular synth at EMS Stockholm on ‘MNoon Synch’ (2017) with six parts that here delve deep into the classic EMS Synthi at Radio Belgrade, during a 2021 residency.
Arcing between the ripping gnarl that introduces ’Distant Symphony Ia’ to its sumptuous final ascent in ‘Distant Symphony III’ Hirano wrests a remarkable array of tones, timbres and imaginary spaces from her chosen instrument, cycling from the bittersweet and gently unpredictable bleep scree of the opener thru the shatterproof tension and quiescent goop of ‘Distant Symphony Ib’ and ‘Ic’ parts, to a relatively febrile display of pulsating arps with heart-in-mouth effect on ‘Distant Symphony IIa’, and the deep space roil of its part ‘IIb’. There’s a properly skilled hand at work here.