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This Month in The Overworld: Cinematronic

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Cinematronic's portrait by Pixel Syndrome.
Cinematronic’s portrait by Pixel Syndrome.

Ciro Mendoza is, in his everyday life, a 37 year old Information Technology professor, Software Developer and a Student of Multimedia and Sound and image careers. From the bowels of the west of Buenos Aires, Merlo, he can never stay still: he has also worked as a columnist for the video games section at a local culture mag known as ‘Los Inrockuptibles’ (a branch that previously existed in Argentina, that stemmed from the french magazine ‘Les Inrockuptibles‘) and participated in a project (that never came to fruition) trying to develop a game based in the popular argentinian comic book “El Eternauta” (The Eternaut).

With his chiptune project, going by the name of Cinematronic, all of this geeky exterior explodes into a punkish rage of noise, as I realized when witnessing his live shows. He is everything but meek. He sometimes makes me wonder what would have happened if The Stooges had incorporated chiptune music created to go alongside to the beats of Iggy’s frenetic and contorsionated stage moves from the 70’s.

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This Month in The Overworld: Breezesquad

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This month’s chiptune artist is Synnoske Matsumi (マツミ シンノスケ), also known as Breezesquad! He is a creative and multifaceted artist that comes from the field of illustration, working as a cover artist for other established acts such as YMCK.

Straight from the lands of Fukuoka, a western city of Japan, Breezesquad started creating chiptune music specifically for his bachelor’s degree thesis, which questioned the relationship between music and visual design.

Breezesquad portrait by Pixel Syndrome.
Breezesquad portrait by Pixel Syndrome.
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This Month in The Overworld: RRayen

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Hello dear readers! I’m Pixel Syndrome, and if you love anthropomorphised Game Boys, rainbows and cool characters with green hair, then you may already know me from my colorful entries to the ‘Chiptunes WIN: Volume 7’ alternative covers!

I’m stoked to introduce my monthly international artist focused column titled The Overworld. Of course, being a fan of classic style NES games like Adventure Island II and Legend of Zelda, when trying to find a suitable name I could not shake the concept that sometimes when playing, we cannot see the bigger picture, and so it’s helpful to see the interconnection of all levels and locations of a videogame that’s an overworld map. Hopefully this international column will help everyone discover hidden areas in places we normally wouldn’t even think about; hidden locations and bonus levels of the world of Chiptune music as we know it.


RRayen's portrait by Pixel Syndrome.
RRayen’s portrait by Pixel Syndrome

This Chiptune auteur was born in the cold lands of Trelew (Rawson department of the Chubut Province), in southern Argentina. Growing up in this small, desertic climate city, with lots of wind, where the ocean dominates the horizon, and southern winds cause sudestadas (a.k.a. Intense wind storms that may bring heavy rain) has definitely left an imprint on her art.

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Hoodie Highlights… Lars Shurilla of SLC Chip!

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Happy November, folks! For this month’s interview, I talked to a multi-instrument & multi-alias chipmusican & event curator friend of mine. This cat’s done quite a bit over the last handful of years (even more than I realized!), and shows no signs of stopping any time soon!

Welcome Lars Shurilla aka The Laohu/Immortan of SLC Chip!

Lars Shurilla aka The Laohu; photo by Neil Jarvie.

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Hoodie Highlights… Alex Soborov of Tracked Records!

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Heya friends! It’s been a good few months since I’ve published a new interview here on the blog. Suffice it to say, I’ve been more than just a little busy in the interim….

Me as a kaomoji these last few months….

That said, I’ve very much missed both talking to awesome folk in and around our communities and sharing those insightful conversations with y’all. That’s why today, I’m hopping back on that interview train!

Presenting a very special guest and friend that’s I’ve been happy to have worked with in the intervening busy months, everyone welcome to the blog Alex Soborov aka Purely Grey of Tracked Records! Enjoy!

Alex Soborov aka Purely Grey

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