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I write about: audio software, bandcamp, concerts, facts, music, music production, music release, opinions, personal, psychoacoustics, review, social media, sound design, video release, videogames, web design, workflow.

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MUSIC

Streaming regret

By Simone Silvestroni

I properly tried music streaming a few years back: I never was fully into it. Only after a while I was able to pinpoint my unease: it implies delegating music to a silo, or anyway a distant corporation. I’ve always been in control of curating the music that I like throughout my life. I quickly jumped out of that wagon and I’ve been happily back to having a local music repository ever since.


SOUND DESIGN

Explorer by Sound Particles

By Simone Silvestroni

Explorer is an audio application which allows to manage sounds. Working with mono, stereo and surround files, it’s an amazing tool to find, organize, edit and integrate audio within a DAW. All of this for free.


WEB DESIGN

Ungoogled Chromium

By Simone Silvestroni

I’ve finally switched back to Ungoogled Chromium for web dev testing purposes. Here’s a brief list of the steps needed to get it done properly.


WEB DESIGN

Indieweb and webmentions for my static site

By Simone Silvestroni

My method to implement Indieweb principles and add webmentions support to my Jekyll site is probably the laziest of all. It enabled a decentralized reply system, as well as allowing reposts and likes.



WEB DESIGN

A human-readable RSS feed with Jekyll

By Simone Silvestroni

I love RSS. However, by using a third-party plugin to automatically generate the feed, I didn’t pay attention to how it could be improved. An occasional discussion on Mastodon prompted me to a change.


MUSIC RELEASE

‘The Die is Cast’ on Spotify

By Simone Silvestroni

My EP The Die Is Cast, produced with Antiquity and published last year on Bandcamp, is also on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube Music.


FACTS

On the concept of frugal computing

By Simone Silvestroni

An article by Wim Vanderbauwhede, Professor in Computing Science and a Reader at the University of Glasgow, on the need for low-carbon and sustainable computing, along with a vision towards zero-carbon computing.


WEB DESIGN

Implementing WebP images in Jekyll

By Simone Silvestroni

How I added WebP images to my Jekyll-based static site, obtaining new levels of optimization and performance.


VIDEOGAMES

Unreal Engine 5 is out

By Simone Silvestroni

Unreal Engine 5 will enable next-generation real-time 3D content and experiences with greater freedom, fidelity, and flexibility.


WEB DESIGN

A blogroll in 2022

By Simone Silvestroni

I’ve finally published a blogroll page, containing a partial list of websites and blogs I read either through RSS, the Fediverse or both. Today, two new inspiring entries.


FACTS

Legible News, by Brad Gessler

By Simone Silvestroni

Why Brad Gessler created Legible News, which makes a large size of my daily news intake (the rest being RSS, Hacker News and Mastdodon).


WEB DESIGN

Content security policy on Netlify

By Simone Silvestroni

How I implemented a content security policy on a static website built with Jekyll, hosted on Netlify and loaded with several external embeds.


MUSIC RELEASE

New indie music

By Simone Silvestroni

Two new beautiful songs by my friend Rachel Goodman, who sang on two songs in my last concept album.


SOCIAL MEDIA

Joining Mastodon

By Simone Silvestroni

I joined Mastodon, as an experiment. So far it feels totally different from social media.


SOCIAL MEDIA

Quitting Twitter

By Simone Silvestroni

Quote from Nolan Lawson about the good, the bad and the mixed bag of being outside Twitter for the last five years.


SOCIAL MEDIA

Life after social networks

By Simone Silvestroni

My point of view about the pros of being outside mainstream social networks for the last 19 months.


BANDCAMP

Bandcamp is joining Epic Games

By Simone Silvestroni

Bandcamp joins Epic Games, the makers of Fortnite and Unreal Engine and champions for a fair and open Internet, says Bandcamp’s CEO Ethan Diamond.


OPINIONS

Ukraine

By Simone Silvestroni

Quote from Richard Pierce about the ironies that the war in Ukraine is showing about the West, the EU and the UK.


WEB DESIGN

CSS photogallery

By Simone Silvestroni

Just implemented a fancy photogallery with a carousel in pure CSS. No Javascript at all. Includes lazy images for efficiency and speed. Iʼm going to write a case study about it, probably sharing the source on Github.


MUSIC RELEASE

Michael C. Hall’s new band

By Simone Silvestroni

I’m really digging the music of Michael C. Hall’s band, Princess Goes to the Butterfly Museum. Here’s a YouTube playlist with my current top 5 songs. Enjoy.


SOCIAL MEDIA

About Meta

By Simone Silvestroni

After last week drop of Meta’s (read: Facebook) market value by $230 billion in a single day, an article by CNBC exposed how Facebook is kicking the can down the road, by accusing Apple’s privacy changes to iOS.


WEB DESIGN

Website redesign

By Simone Silvestroni

4 months after Silvia’s announcement, here is Minutes to Midnight’s new redesigned website. Easier to navigate and straight to the point, I finally have full control over my code and my online presence.


WEB DESIGN

Loops, transitions, identity

By Simone Silvestroni

Following a process to recalibrate my self-identity after leaving social media, I’m going back to the roots, leaving WordPress for Jekyll and joining the IndieWeb.


VIDEO RELEASE

‘Berlin 91’ official music video

By Simone Silvestroni

On the 60th anniversary of the building of the Berlin Wall, I’ve decided to release the last video from my album After 1989.


MUSIC RELEASE

New single with Emilio Albertoni out now

By Simone Silvestroni

New single out today. Included in the new EP Aperture, Non sai chi sono is the remix of an original song by Italian artist and producer Nevica, aka Gianluca Lo Presti.


MUSIC RELEASE

‘The Die is Cast’: EP preview

By Simone Silvestroni

New mini EP released today, in collaboration with Antiquity. Introducing the topics of my next concept album, The Die is Cast.


AUDIO SOFTWARE

Audacity joins Muse

By Simone Silvestroni

The company behind MuseScore has announced the acquisition of the well known FOSS audio editor, Audacity.





AUDIO SOFTWARE

Switch DAW: Logic to Pro Tools to REAPER (Pt 1)

By Simone Silvestroni

In the past twelve months I’ve managed to revolutionize my music software workflow, twice. In this series, 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.


MUSIC RELEASE

‘Shelter From A Storm’ by Antiquity

By Simone Silvestroni

The new single by Antiquity, Shelter From A Storm is my new bass recording and co-production, together with Gerald Duchene.



WORKFLOW

Backup and audio archival

By Simone Silvestroni

A quick explanation of my strategy for saving and preserving audio material, both for personal use and for my clients.


MUSIC RELEASE

‘Hidden Music’, new album by Dan Ecclestone

By Simone Silvestroni

Dan Ecclestone’s solo album, Hidden Music, is out now. Recorded by Sam Inglis, mixed by Minutes to Midnight, mastered by Ian Shepherd.


MUSIC RELEASE

After 1989 anniversary: new music video

By Simone Silvestroni

A year ago today, on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I published my debut solo album, After 1989: A Trip to Freedom.


MUSIC PRODUCTION

How to produce bass tracks remotely

By Simone Silvestroni

The article Producing Bass Tracks Remotely, originally published by Unlock Your Sound, features the real-life scenario of a bass part produced for the single The Far Side of the Sun by Antiquity.


PERSONAL

Back to the future: leaving the UK

By Simone Silvestroni

I spent the last month and a half leaving the UK. Besides moving house, city and country, we were followed by two lingering monsters: a global pandemic and a massive feeling of betrayal.


VIDEO RELEASE

A Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot On A B-29

By Simone Silvestroni

75 years ago, while two young men escaped from Sachsenhausen concentration camp in Berlin, the United States nuked a city for the first time in history.


REVIEW

Secret Eclectic review for ‘13 Days’

By Simone Silvestroni

Secret Eclectic is a London-based website founded by a team of people who follow the arts worldwide. They love supporting emerging acts or people who deserve more recognition.


SOCIAL MEDIA

Escape from social media

By Simone Silvestroni

Like plenty others, I’m finally leaving social media, and by that I mean Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, Pinterest 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. I’m just redirecting my attention and my time to something more productive.


MUSIC RELEASE

‘In Our Dreams’ by Antiquity

By Simone Silvestroni

In Our Dreams is out now. Written, produced and mixed by Gerald Duchene. Vocals and melody by Dan Ecclestone. Bass by Minutes to Midnight. Mastered by Chris Pavey.


VIDEOGAMES

Google rejects Attentat 1942 from German store

By Simone Silvestroni

Article by Game Developer (formerly Gamasutra) about the release of the videogame Attentat 1942. Google refused to publish the game on their Play Store in Germany, France, Austria and Russia.


MUSIC RELEASE

‘Without You’ by Callum Gardner

By Simone Silvestroni

Callum Gardner’s new single, Without You, is out now. Full production and bass by Minutes to Midnight.




REVIEW

Nova Music reviews 'Skinny Kid'

By Simone Silvestroni

Stunning review by Nova Music Blog for Skinny Kid, the opening single from the album After 1989.


REVIEW

Angry Baby album review: ‘After 1989’

By Simone Silvestroni

Another amazing album review. Angry Baby wade every week through great new indie music tracks to find the best gems.



PERSONAL

A Trip To Freedom: from Berlin to Berlin

By Simone Silvestroni

I went back to Berlin, retracing my grandfather’s steps in Sachsenhausen concentration camp. In the process, I wrote a concept album.


MUSIC PRODUCTION

‘Skinny Kid’ song backstory

By Simone Silvestroni

How an arrangement for another band became the first single from the concept album “After 1989”.


VIDEO RELEASE

Love Field video: the JFK assassination

By Simone Silvestroni

Cheering crowds greet the President at Dallas airport. As the motorcade cuts through the city, I stand still while everything changes.


VIDEO RELEASE

‘After 1989’ teaser video

By Simone Silvestroni

30 years after the opening of the Berlin Wall, a real-life story about imprisonment and liberty. Between two wars and three generations.


VIDEO RELEASE

Skinny Kid: escape from a concentration camp

By Simone Silvestroni

I’m on the S-Bahn 1 from Berlin to Oranienburg. Sachsenhausen camp, where my grandfather was held prisoner by the Nazi, is a few miles away.


MUSIC RELEASE

‘Wriggle a Little’ new song production

By Simone Silvestroni

The new single by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Callum Gardner, ‘Wriggle A Little’, produced by Minutes to Midnight is out now.



MUSIC RELEASE

New Production: ‘Eclipse’ by Method Sinik

By Simone Silvestroni

Following my principle of trying to get out of my comfort zone, I helped the promising young artist Method Sinik with the production of his recent EP.


MUSIC RELEASE

'Shallow Grave' by Antiquity

By Simone Silvestroni

I’m happy Gerald Duchene asked me to write and play a bass track for this beautiful song. It’s my second collaboration with his project Antiquity Sessions.




CONCERTS

Minutes to Midnight: recent live shows

By Simone Silvestroni

A comprehensive list of the live shows I performed around England as a bass player, between 2017 and 2018, with Callum Gardner and his band.


Minutes to Midnight

I create and produce sound and music across multiple media and make websites using Jekyll or WordPress. Professional bass player, composer and field recordist.

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