Hirogari is a Japanese word that means expanse or extent. It’s also the professional moniker of Bill Cooney, a composer, sound designer and music technologist based in Cairns, Queensland in Australia‘s tropical Far North.
A classically trained singer and keyboard player, Bill has composed music for film, animation, and live theatre. He has designed sound and multi-media elements for live theatre performances, radio and television. Bill is also a music technology educator who presents classes and workshops, as well as producing tutorial and how-to videos on his YouTube channel.
He began studying piano in 1993 and in 1996 switched to electronic keyboard, after being introduced to sequencing and music technology. From 2000 to 2005, Bill studied music technology, composition & music production at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane, Australia.
Since 2012, Bill has been writing and recording music under the name Hirogari, as well as vlogging tutorial videos on music technology. In 2016 he returned to performing on stage around Far North Queensland, Australia, with the Cairns Choral Society, Opera Queensland, and Douglas Theatre Arts Group.
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