Posts Tagged ‘art’

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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Aydan Appreciates & Interviews: nanobii/Linus from the Stars

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I ‘ve been keeping my eye on nanobii for quite some time ever since I was introduced to the artist on his ‘Love Songs EP‘, which ended up being one of my favorite works from 2017. At times playful and at times heartfelt, the EP was a showcase of a diverse musical style that nanobii continued to develop and refine over the past few years on releases such as ‘Sunshine Express‘ and ‘Children of the Sky‘. His musical aptitude was even further showcased on the announcement of his newer synthpop project, Linus from the Stars, through three phenomenal releases. Most recently, nanobii played a thirty-minute live set for electronic music legend Porter Robinson’s ‘secret sky’ online music festival to much applause from his audience. I received the opportunity to sit down and speak with Linus about his experience playing ‘secret sky’, his music, himself, and even his preferred literature in the most comprehensive interview I’ve ever had the pleasure of conducting. Read on, and enjoy these insights into Linus’ world!

nanobii meets Hiroshima!
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Rhyphte Reviews: ‘General Musings’ by cactus.

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Well, this is probably the last you’ll be hearing from me for a minute, folks. Got some IRL adventures to sort out before I can pursue my hobbies in the same way again. So let me kick off the review portion of this announcement with the revelation that cactus. is from Melbourne! Crazy to me since I was born there and had no idea (that cactus. resides there—pretty sure I know where I was born)! There’s so much talent in the southern hemisphere and the list of Aussie musicians that I am aware of grows longer day by day!

(very fitting) album art by Joshua Webb

‘General Musings’ is a collection of what cactus. calls ‘title-first’ compositions, which are songs written around expressions or phrases deemed sufficiently interesting by the creator. I think that the concept is quite refreshing, bringing many different and specific ideas together into the spotlight without the need for a binding theme. It’s a great prompt for generating new and interesting musical ideas!


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