MimiCof & Schneider TM
The 1st of 4 monthly Karlrecords concerts at Arkaoda presents solo sets by MimiCof and Schneider TM
MimiCof: electronics, analogue synthesizer
Schneider TM: processed guitar improv concert
Midori Hirano is a Japanese musician, composer and producer based in Berlin. She started learning the piano as a child and later studied classical piano at university. Therefore the music she releases under her own name is based on the use of piano, but yet experimental and an eclectic mixture of modern digital sounds with subtle electronic processing and field recordings. So far, Hirano released 7 solo albums under her civilian name on labels such as Sonic Pieces and
Under the moniker MimiCof she explores the realm of more experimental music and detailed rhythmic patterns, combined with an idea of drawing melodic shapes and harmonies. As MimiCof she performed at prestigious festivals and events such as CTM, Heroines of Sound Festival, Boiler Room Berlin and L.E.V. Festival, and was selected by Frank Bretschneider for the first volume of the “Sichten” compilation series on his raster label.
Besides producing her own works, Hirano has composed music for dance performances, video installations and films which have been screened at Berlin International Film Festival, Krakow Film
Festival, SXSW Film Festival and HongKong International Film Festival (among others) and remixed tracks by artists including Rival Consoles, Foam And Sand aka Robot Koch, Liars and
Her latest album “Distant
Symphony” (the 4th as MimiCof) was created on the EMS SYNTHI 100 Synthesizer at Radio Belgrade. All sounds from this instrument were recorded as single sound samples at first, then mixed and modified into three long pieces of music, so that the audience can experience the machine’s uniqueness and versatility of sound. Hirano understands this work as a gesture of respect for the SYNTHI 100’s character: though a vintage instrument, it has never lost the beauty of its modern sound.
„Distant Symphony“ was released in june 2022 on Karlrecords.
Schneider TM is a multidimensional music project of Dirk Dresselhaus, named after his nickname Schneider, which oscillates extensively between adventurous electronic pop-music and experimental, sometimes improvised freeform music, while occasionally bringing these and other opposing elements together. Since the late 80's, Dirk has been active in different musical fields. From 1989 until 1997 he played and sang in adventurous independent rock & pop bands like Hip Young Things and Locust Fudge (both on Glitterhouse Records) before he became more active in electronic music around 1996.
Schneider TM is responsible for a couple of experimental electro-freak-pop albums (on City Slang /
Mute) including underground-hits like 'Reality Check', 'Frogtoise' and a cover version of a song by The Smiths called 'The Light 3000', a collaboration with Kptmichigan that was hugely acclaimed by the alternative media like John Peel, The Wire etc..
Schneider TM has been credited as one of the main innovators of a music genre called Indietronic or Indietronica.
Since 1997 Schneider TM performed a couple of hundreds live concerts around the globe including renowned international festivals like CTM (Berlin), Sonar Festival / Sonar Sound (Barcelona, Rome, Tokyo), Roskilde-Festival (DK), Mutek (Montreal, Mexico City), Arty Farty (Lyon), Pukkelpop (Hasselt), Hultsfred Festival (Hultsfred), Kilbi Festival (Bad Bonn), Frieze Art Fair / Frieze Music (London), Phonem Festival (Istanbul), Numero Festival (Lisboa), Les Siestes électroniques festival (Toulouse), Melt Festival (Gräfenhainichen), Midi Festival (Hyéres), Motomix Festival (Sao Paolo), Todaysart Festival (Den Haag), Dark Mofo (Hobart) and others.
As well as work on a variety of one-off projects - including the production of film music for movies (66/67, In Der Überzahl, Remainder, Continuity etc. with directors like Omer Fast, Ludwig & Glaser etc.), performance theater (The Scorpionfish, Louis & Bebe w/ Joanna Dudley & Rufus Didwiszus) or radio
plays (e.g. Release, Hochhaus w/ Paul Plamper or Türken, Feuer by Claudia Leist & Özlem Özgül Dündar) - Dirk has been performing & recording with noise & drone outfits like (die) Angel (w/ Ilpo
Väisänen of Pan sonic & guests like Hildur Gudnadottir, Oren Ambarchi, BJ Nilsen or Lucio Capece), released by Editions Mego and Real Time (w/ Reinhold Friedl of zeitkratzer, released by Editions Blume) on a regular basis since 1999.
For a while now, Dirk has also been moving Schneider TM in the direction of instantly composed free-form music, employing varying instruments including guitar, electronics, balafon, effect loops as well as field recordings. Sometimes he works solo and at other times together with artists like Jochen Arbeit (of Einstürzende Neubauten, Automat), Damo Suzuki (ex-Can), Werner 'Zappi' Diermaier (faust), video artists like Lillevan, pani K and Takehito Koganezawa or Japanese dancer Tomoko Nakasato. The first results of this open & soundscape-y direction was the Schneider TM album 'Construction Sounds'.
Based on field recordings of Berlin construction sites combined with electronics, it was released in 2012 on Bureau B & MirrorWorldMusic, an online-platform / label started in 2007 by Dirk Dresselhaus and Michael Beckett (aka Kptmichigan) to present past, present & future of their works.
The new Schneider TM album "Ereignishorizont" will be released on Karlrecords in may 2023.