Production & Mix
The co-production for the latest two albums of this fantastic rock-folk band based in Cambridge, UK, has been a great experience.
Mally Harpaz & Ciara Clifford
I Recorded, co-arranged and produced the violas — played by Paolo Clementi, for two songs in Mally’s stunning new album, Zoom In Zoom Out. For Ciara’s brilliant eponymous album, I wrote the cello parts, recorded and produced the violas together with Paolo Clementi.
Antiquity, Callum Gardner & More
Besides playing in the studio and live in the UK, for the last few years I’ve been the bass player for the transatlantic ensemble Antiquity, led by multi-instrumentalist Gerald Duchene. It’s been an invaluable experience to me.
I’ve been working as a sound designer for the 3D cartoon series Car City InvenTom, created by Amuse Animation.
During my years as a game sound designer, I was in charge of writing the soundtrack as well as creating and editing all the sound effects.
The following prototype teaser, short and extended version, is a full-motion extract from a longer promotional video. The majority of the sound effects were recorded in the studio using Foley techniques.
Working with audio programmers, I also implemented an adaptive soundtrack within the in-house game engine: MXE©.
The playlist below can only show the linear tracks, while in reality I deployed stems divided in adaptable chunks. Similarly to what can be achieved now in middleware tools such as FMOD Studio, they could be played in layers, following the intensity and the mood of the gameplay.
Game Audio Portfolio Copyright Notice
© (copyright) and ℗ (sound recording copyright) by Simone Silvestroni (Minutes to Midnight), except: Boss, Tex Mex, Funk, Party © shared with Joseph Blanc; Industrial City, Racing Pt 1, Tribal and Cave © Playstos Entertainment, ℗ Simone Silvestroni (Minutes to Midnight).
During a recent production, I received a Pro Tools session where a squeaky hi-hat pedal sound found its way through a couple of microphones, unnoticed. Using iZotope RX‘s spectral editing, I painstakingly cleaned it up with excellent results.
After recording 12 tracks of viola for a song of mine, we noticed how a few takes were slightly skewing an otherwise perfect tuning.
Because of my passion for historical recordings, this is arguably one of my favourite tasks. The following example is an audio cleaning I performed on a famous 1968 live recording by Robert Francis Kennedy. I even ended up using it in a song of mine:
After receiving one muffled mono overhead track of a drum recording, I dug in and suggested drum doubling as a solution.
I sampled three tracks from the drums, and turned them into MIDI. Applying my digital drum kit of choice to those new parts and blending them with the original drummer, I was able to recreate both the missing room and a nicer round ambience, fixing the narrow stereo image.
‘After 1989: A Trip To Freedom’
Writing music, whether in the form of songs or bass and drums grooves, has always been an integral part of my creativity.
Under my moniker Minutes to Midnight, I released a concept album in the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Berlin Wall, titled After 1989: A Trip To Freedom, and a companion EP containing demos and outtakes.
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