Producer, bassist, sound designer. Release the concept album ‘After 1989: A Trip To Freedom’ on 9 Nov 2019, about a real-life story. Game audio enthusiast.

A Project Analysis, By Minutes To Midnight

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What This Post Is About

Stage 1: Assessment

Regardless if I have an established working relationship with the client, I start with a proper assessment of the material. I listen to the song and have a chat with them. …


A real-life story of imprisonment and liberty, between two wars and three generations.

The entrance gate to Sachsenhausen
The entrance gate to Sachsenhausen
Photo: Silvia Maggi

TL;DR — During World War II a fascist squad deported my grandfather to Sachsenhausen, where he spent four years. He managed to escape weeks before the Nazi evacuated the camp. I retraced his steps going back to Berlin, and in the process, I wrote a concept album.

Roots

I’ve always known about my maternal grandfather: he deserted the Army during World War II because of his refusal to support the fascist policies of the Italian totalitarian government. He ran with his wife and two toddlers (my mother and my uncle). For several years, they stayed in hiding in the countryside marsh. I couldn’t imagine how harsh a time that was, but these tales made me proud, even when, as a child, I couldn’t fully grasp the context.

What I didn’t know was the ordeal my paternal grandfather went through at the same time. He was never keen to talk about the War, and everyone respected his wish. Until one day, in the summer of 1986, when we had a family lunch at the restaurant. After a glass of wine too many, he started talking about someone who got caught by fascists and sent to a concentration camp in Germany. …


Like plenty others, I’m finally about to leave social media, and by that I mean Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Reddit. This post is a personal point of view, it’s not intended as an exhaustive analysis on what is going on with social media, nor am I trying to convince anybody.

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Image by pixabay.com

Why Leave Social Media?

Reason 1: Focus

I’m redirecting my attention and time to something more productive and fulfilling. I believe the term social media is an oxymoron. To me, its toxicity has got to a point of no return-not to mention the deliberate addictive mechanisms, their self-declared aim to hog our time as much as they can, and the massive problem with personal data. I don’t even want to go down that rabbit hole.


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‘How we’re supposed to make an historically-accurate game about WW2 horrors without Nazis? We don’t know.’

Brilliant article by Gamasutra about the release of the videogame Attentat 1942. Despite the developer’s effort, Google refused to publish the game on their Play Store in Germany, France, Austria and Russia.

I wholeheartedly agree with their quote:

“We firmly believe that videogames are art and can be an important part of public conversations. When we ban everything with any controversial keywords no matter the content, everybody loses.”

Check out the trailer for the game:

Read the full article: Despite gov’t approval, Google rejects Attentat 1942 from Google Play Store in Germany

Originally published at http://blog.minutestomidnight.co.uk on July 21, 2020.


TL;DR — Narration And Production Insights About The Lead Song From Minutes to Midnight’s Concept Album “After 1989”

Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Oranienburg (Berlin), 2019. Photo by Silvia Maggi
Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Oranienburg (Berlin), 2019. Photo by Silvia Maggi
Listen to the album on Spotify

How An Arrangement Became My Lead Song

Back in 2009, I was the bassist for a trio in the Milan area. The band was about to present, in the form of live concerts, a CD that we published a few months earlier. Several songs featured sketchy electric guitars on their own, with neither structure nor rhythm. I revamped one of those by adding bass, a reference drum track, a few keyboard parts. It became a full-fledged song.

The experiment was a success, so we decided to repeat the same process for some of the new compositions. The first one was a rough piece, featuring a screaming distorted guitar, playing long notes in what appeared to be a rough undefined verse/chorus layout. In my arrangement, I introduced the drums within the chorus, together with a pick-played metallic bass guitar. …


Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it’s time to tell the tale of how a young man managed to escape Germany in 1945, while his grandson made the other way round in 1991, looking for answers that he could only find in 2017.

After 1989: A Trip To Freedom
After 1989: A Trip To Freedom


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David Earl running a demo of Logic Pro X — Photo by Apple

One Thousand

The most publicised feature for this free update is the compatibility with the upcoming Mac Pro, along with the increased number of tracks and channels as shown at the recent WWDC:

  • 1000 stereo audio channel strips
  • 1000 software instrument channel strips
  • 1000 auxiliary channel strips
  • 1000 external MIDI tracks
  • 12 sends per channel strip

I might enjoy the 12 sends per channel strip; however, I’ve no intention of upgrading my current machine anytime soon (surely not to a Mac Pro).

Also, I’m not sure I’ve met anyone in need of those many tracks/channels. …


Paying Homage to Martin Luther King Jr and Robert Kennedy

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Photo: Kennedy King Memorial Initiative

1968. A few hours after Martin Luther King was shot dead by a white man, Robert Kennedy gave a remarkable eulogy in Indianapolis. He acknowledged the pain, but also anger and disbelief, inviting everybody to overcome hatred and violence and seek love and compassion instead.

Although all major cities had riots that night, Indianapolis remained calm. Two months later, Bobby Kennedy was also assassinated.

When I walked in, Mrs King was sitting before the television set, weeping copiously—remembers Stanley Levison, a key adviser to Martin Luther King, who met Coretta King a few hours after Robert Kennedy had been shot.


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Written by Simone Silvestroni.
Technical review by Kara McCain.

Tl;dr

In this article, UI Farm, a UI & UX agency, analyses the process that has led to their new workflow for delivering modern web solutions. By applying a sustainable and future-proof use of Responsive Web Design, UI Farm achieve performant, multi-device websites in an agile environment.

About UI Farm

UI Farm are a London based, modern agency committed to creating beautiful, user-centric responsive websites and mobile applications for the multi-device web. UI Farm are passionate about the web and its future — in particular, how responsive design can help businesses grow sustainably online. …


At UI Farm we’ve recently completed the first phase of our responsive framework for WordPress, releasing it as our approach for clients and our own website. This article we will begin to explain some of the best features that we have already implemented. And sure, with our roadmap we look forward to add new features, improving the existing implementation whilst keeping it the most performant we can.

Scope of Our Custom-built Framework

From the very beginning, we aimed to:

  1. have a starting point for any responsive web project
  2. be able to fire up a new WordPress website in minutes
  3. have a platform that is able to easily adapt to clients’…

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