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‘Tracked x ChipWIN’ Full Review

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Heya ChipWINners! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ ʷᵃᵛᵉˢ

Brandon here to quickly introduce a special double dose of collaboration on our blog. Namely, a writing team-up between ViridianForge and Glenntai to review our aptly named Vol. 7 collaborative expansion compilation, ‘Tracked x ChipWIN’!

Dive into the quality read/listen below after enjoying the lovely artwork slideshow. #Bread

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 7 [Tracks 41-51]

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THIS IS IT. We’ve come up to the last ten tracks of Volume 7, and I can’t begin to express the rollercoaster of emotion that was experiencing this album without being able to share the hype with everyone in our Discord channel during the release party.

Fortunately, I have a platform where I can have opinions regardless of how right or wrong I can be (thanks, Internet! <3), so without further ado, it’s time to jump into the first track on my list to cover!

Pixel Syndrome’s ultra fun entry to the V.7 art contest.

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Glenntai Got: ‘Stray Dogs’ by Zanate

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Loss; it’s not just a meme based off someone’s webcomic. It’s a legitimate experience for all of us (no matter whether you feel it or not).  It can cause all sorts of reactions, most of them being rather typical from what we have seen and heard in many forms of media. With Zanate’s ‘Stray Dogs’, however, we experience it through the eyes of the artist experiencing it first-hand with the loss of their dog named Bruno. Using 2A03+VRC6 via Famitracker and their experience with rock instrumentation, we can walk through the goodbye and tribute to a good boy. Get ready to have a mix of feelings when you throw on this seven-track album.

Art by Nancy Rivas.

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Glenntai Got: ‘Continue?’ by Blue Navi

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Many of you may not be too familiar with Blue Navi. That might also change when you discover that they previously went under the moniker Ayoshutduff, who has been a seasoned veteran of many Chiptunes = WIN releases. With this EP, titled ‘Continue?’, we have a three-track collection of music finished since his previous, hefty album late last October. Like many artists expanding their level of versatility, Blue Navi decided to experiment with styles out of their comfort zone, and in this case we’ve been given some synthwave that carries a serious mood about it. If you’re looking for some solid music that isenjoyable both as active listening as much as background music, come see what this EP has to offer. (more…)

Glenntai Got Em Português by The J. Arthur Keenes Band

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Samba is a music genre that isn’t often heard in the realm of chipmusic. From chords with some complexity to rhythmic layers, I can understand this isn’t the easiest thing to tackle with very limited hardware. While still possible to really capture the spirit of the genre, it needs a wider range of sounds than ones typically provided in either hardware or software. Therefore, of all the artists out there, it makes perfect sense that The J. Arthur Keenes band would come along and provide us with a cover album of their favorite samba songs that’s warm and full of the same quality we’ve all known to expect and love. If you don’t know why that was an exciting statement, it’s time for you to click read more.

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Glenntai Got Inkblot Butterfly by Dogs++

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If you search for Dogs++ (Dogs Plus Plus) anywhere, you might get sidetracked looking at pictures of dogs for a while. While a nice consolation prize, I’m sure Hoodie would have been furious if I just posted dogs everywhere. Fortunately, I totally resisted all temptation of diving into pictures and videos of adorable doggos, and got right into focusing on Inkblot Butterfly, the latest album from Dogs++ (previously known as Powersupply.)


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