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ChipWIN & DESKPOP Present: The Volume 6 Expansion Release!

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As of today it’s been exactly one month since we unleashed the colossal compilation that is Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 6‘ upon the cyber realm. At this point in the game, do I really need to spell out what that means? ಠ‿↼

OKAY. FINE. I WILL.

IT’S VOLUME 6 EXPANSION RELEASE TIME, BBY! ٩(^‿^)۶٩( ‘ω’ )و٩( ᐛ )و

Album artwork by the multi-talented and multi-limbed Brazos.

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Chip Bit Sid Takes On: ‘Chip To Be Square’ Charity Album

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Disclosure: This charity album is my own project. However, after discussing it with Brandon we decided it would be fine to promote, as all of the proceeds are going to charity.

Back in 2014 when Chip Bit Sid had just started, Superbyte was well into it’s 4th event and was popular as ever. I had been getting sucked into the chiptune community, had made a lot of friends, and was building a lot of traction with the blog. It was at this point that I decided that I wanted to sell a compilation, but with all the proceeds going to Barnardos, a charity that helped abandoned children. I immediately got a lot of artists who wanted to give a track to the cause and I got into making a physical CD to sell at Superbyte. Sales were better than expected, making over £220, with some of the money being given by the Superbyte group themselves! It was a great project which made me feel proud of the chiptune community as well as what I’d managed to achieve!

Fast forward to this year and Square Sounds Toyko is happening. I’ve managed to scrape the money for a holiday in Japan and, with some cash left over I decided it was time for another charity album called, ‘Chip To Be Square’. This time however I decided to team up with people from all over, with the money going towards Special Effect, a UK based charity which helps the less-abled play video games, by modifying controllers as well as utilising eye control.

Since the release of ‘Chip To Be Square’ on Bandcamp (02/09/2017) we’ve  raised a bit of money (as now £60), which has shown what the chiptune community capable of as well as how big its heart is. As the album is still fresh, below are a few choice tracks off the album to entice your ears; to people who are waiting to buy the CD at Squaresounds…I’ll see you there! ;)

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 6 [Tracks 41-51]

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Hello all and welcome to the last leg of the Vol. 6 track reviews. One great thing with Chiptunes = WIN’s yearly mainline Volumes: the overall quality is so high and consistent, you’ll never feel like the compilation loses momentum at any point, even for the very last tracks. On the contrary. On this truly STELLAR Volume 6, some of my absolute favourites are actually part of the last ten! And I was lucky enough to review them. Let’s dive in! “La main à la pâte”!

Bonus ‘Volume 6’ album art by Chunderfins, twitter.com/chunderfins

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 6 [Tracks 31-40]

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Happy total solar eclipse of the heart Monday to one and all Chip-denizens! On a momentous day such as today, why bother with watching rare astronomical phenomenon when you could instead have your ears rocked by the constant stream of epic that is another ten tracks from Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 6. Don’t risk your valuable retina, and join us past the fold to hop right in!

Bonus ‘Volume 6’ album art by Rich Legault.

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 6 [Tracks 21-30]

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Howdy-ho Chipperinos! No need to waste any time here – you and I both know you’re here to get the hottest takes on these V6 tracks, so let’s not keep you waiting!

Bonus ‘Volume 6’ album art by Guerin, twitter.com/guerinmusic

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Chiptunes = WIN: Volume 6 [Tracks 11-20]

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Welcome to the second round of track reviews for Volume 6! I’ll be taking you through some of the best that this Volume has to offer. I didn’t know that by choosing this review date I’d get to talk about YZYX, Kubbi, Vince Kaichan, Starving GOGO (whom I’ve previously reviewed), and my good friend and collaborator Auxcide, but I’ll just consider myself lucky. I’m glad I sat this year out to witness the awesome that is Volume 6. This should be fun. ;3

Bonus ‘Volume 6’ album art by Adhy Saka Juhansyah aka Shakaboyd, twitter.com/adhysaka

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