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A Square Meal: ‘カワイイチップチューン VS カッコイイチップチューン 対決コンピレーション’ (Cute vs. Cool Chiptune)

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Confrontation is, occasionally, inevitable. Most of the time, however, we can learn from our differences and enrich our own perspective. In some cases, even highlighting these contrasting elements can be a good thing. After a spectacular showcase compilation last year, しのりゅー brings to us yet another incredible release that showcases this pixelated dichotomy. For this chapter, 56 artists explored the contrasting themes of cute and cool in their own unique styles. So let’s take a look over ‘カワイイチップチューン VS カッコイイチップチューン 対決コンピレーション’ (Kawaii Chippchūn VS Kakkoii Chippchūn: Taiketsu Conpirēshon), released through novtos.

Artwork by ひこてる
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A Square Meal: The SOUNDSHOCK Series

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Beyond all the glamour and pageantry of the blips & blops, a misunderstood way of making chip music has grown and bloomed away from the spotlight of the scene – yes I’m talking about FM Synthesis. Of course, this is not a complaint, as we say in Spanish: “para gustos los colores”. The point is that, most of the time, a lot of cool things happen under the surface, things that are worth talking about and, from time to time, seem to be buried in the huge mass of crunchy sounds. The album series I’m covering today is not that. I can even say that it’s well known by everyone nowadays, precisely because the intention was –and still is– to direct your attention to the music and techniques used by those incredible musicians. Today I want to go back to one of the greatest compilation series centered on the FM side of the Micro Music, Demoscene, and Chiptune. Apt for newcomers and veterans, it will make you move and ignite the fires of love and interest in this particular approach to chip music in your soul – hoping the inferno grows so big that it encourages you to search for new music or even make your own. So let’s take a look over the ‘SOUNDSHOCK’ Series by Ubiktune.

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🌵 Saddle up, cowpokes! 🐎

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‘A Fistful of Chiptunes’ is loosed from the corral! Saddle up on it here:
https://chiptuneswin.bandcamp.com/album/a-fistful-of-chiptunes

Howdy there, chiptune buckaroos!ヾ(^∇^)

As some of y’all may well know about me by now, I’m a huge fan of spaghetti western movies. Some of my favorite childhood memories involve watching these iconic films with my Dad or one of my Grandfathers. That said, while I sincerely love the flicks themselves, it’s their soundtracks that gripped and inspired me more than anything else, with Ennio Morricone ranking foremost in my mind among their composers.

That makes it all the more fitting that, today, on Mr. Morricone’s birthday, I’m announcing our latest themed compilation influenced by that very style!

Hold on to your horses….

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geekbeatradio Presents: The ChipWIN Vol.8 Expansion Pack

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🤖 Edit: ‘Robots Always WIN’ is LIVE!! Nab it here. 🤖

After many years of hosting the release parties for various ChipWIN compilations, our friends at geekbeatradio are happy to finally have the opportunity to curate and release one of their own! Namely, the Expansion Release for ‘Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 8‘, aptly titled ‘Robots Always WIN’!

Electrifying album art by Karbia.
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