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Pixel Syndrome Digs into ‘ひきこもり・Hikikomori’ by Pterodactyl Squad

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In Japan, where the term of ‘Hikikomori’ originated, it refers to either adults or teens who withdraw from society, and whose only purpose is to be alone by their own volition and live as post-modern hermits who are nevertheless still connected to their virtual lives. In this post COVID world, a chill chiptune compilation centered around isolation is just one of the ways in which our scene, which has been called “the most pandemic proof”, shows its resilience and its way to thrive within this new normal.

This brand new compilation, released on the month of April by Pterodactyl Squad, aptly named “ひきこもり・Hikikomori” has a total of 32 tracks. They are diverse sounding and super fun to listen to within the confines of your home, maybe even dance frantically to, all while basking in this brand new collective hikikomori pact we’ve established in the western civilization.

And I’m super happy to be here to review some of these amazing tracks, so let’s get started!

Album artwork by Bryony Hopkins.

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Pixel Syndrome Digs Into ‘The Unrealist’ by Stig

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Hi there! Welcome to this new space in which I, Pixel Syndrome, will be reviewing and digging into the albums and music creations of different chiptune artists! In this occasion, I will be listening to ‘The Unrealist’ by Stig, which is a collection of several tracks that were written for chiptune compilation albums, most notably Chiptunes 4 Autism and our very own Chiptunes = WIN yearly compilations! However, and amazingly, it still holds out on its own as a cohesive unit.

"The Unrealist" record cover.

‘The Unrealist’ record cover.

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And Now for Something Completely Different: The Relay Bros!

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Through the course of art history, there have always been artists or projects that defied the norm. I welcome you to this new column, titled ‘And now for something completely different!’, where we will take a look at Chiptune related acts that get themselves out of ordinary boxes and into uncharted territory where they can blossom.

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This month in The Overworld: Vault Kid

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This month’s featured artist was born and raised in East Fresia, Germany. Which is a small coastal region, very close to the border with the Netherlands, and famous for its tea culture. Keno, a.k.a. Vault Kid has a long record of creating EDM jams that goes back all the way to 2012, and through his college years this habit remained strong. Suddenly, in 2016, the event of finding out about Chiptune changed his creative path forever. Let’s hear what this producer of catchy tunes has to say about our beloved music style.

Vault Kid holding his sonic weapon of choice.

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This month in The Overworld: Crab Sound

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Nestor Ovilla, also known as Crab Sound, is a Chiptune music producer and the founder of one of the first music collectives in his home country of México. Interestingly enough, he is also an illustrator, writer, and experimental photographer. Born in Tuxla Gutierres, the capital of the Chiapas state on the year 1991, he was always drawn to experimental art.

Crab Sound posing with a gameboy, his instrument of choice.

Crab Sound posing with a Game Boy, his instrument of choice.

On 2010, he started working with producing and programming his own EDM tracks, an activity that flourished with several projects besides of Crab Sound that he still continues up to this day. Self described as “A boy who inhabits an ice mountain, inventing sounds to make the robots and mutants break into dance”, here’s what he had to say about Chiptune.

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