Simone Silvestroni
Producer, sound designer and web developer. Released the album ‘After 1989: A Trip To Freedom’ about a real-life story between two wars. Game audio enthusiast.

TL;DR

In this series of 3 posts, I describe the 8 major benefits that REAPER brought to my music production workflow, and how they pushed me toward a full switch from Pro Tools.

Part 1

  • Cost
  • Multi-platform
  • A different workflow

Part 2

  • Customization
  • Community
  • Stock plug-ins

Part 3

  • Open architecture & development cycle
  • Efficiency

DISCLAIMER

This article…

What This Post Is About

Working remotely has become an accessible and relatively easy way to collaborate for musicians. In this article, I expose my process for producing effective bass tracks for clients based in a different city or country.

The post is based on my work for Antiquity, and their recent single The Far…

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…

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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…

‘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.

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…

After 1989: A Trip To Freedom

After 1989: A Trip To Freedom is Minutes to Midnight’s debut solo album. A thoroughly crafted concept, it’s the result of a personal journey through a painful family legacy during World War II and the tumultuous decades that followed.

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