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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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ChipWIN Volume 9: Judge Interest Form

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Only a handful or so of months in and 2020 has already been one helluva year. And that’s putting it very mildly if we’re being truly honest (much love to you and yours throughout this continued global crisis ♥). In light of this, it should come as no surprise that the annual ChipWIN Volume compilation competition is running behind. The most important bit to notice there, however, is that it is still running! Up first to mention is an important alteration to the Volume Judge Panel selection. Namely, this year we’re publishing an Interest Form to help guide the overall judge curation process. Learn more about it, and apply if you’re so inclined, below:

Judge Interest Form –> https://tinyurl.com/v9judgeinterestform <– Judge Interest Form

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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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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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