Posts Tagged ‘Chiptunes WIN’

Leveling Up Your Artistic Identity – Episode VIII: Nurturing Your Creation

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This column has put a lot of focus on developing a healthy appreciation for your own work. One very important question remains to be asked, though. After spending so much time building up our artistic identity from the ground up, we need to ask: what is the ultimate goal? What exactly does ‘the end’ look like? If you don’t know the answer, that’s okay. This question is less about provoking existential dread and more about contemplating the future—which is always in motion. However, as fortune would have it, we have a great deal of influence on the present. Appropriately, in this final episode of Leveling Up Your Artistic Identity, we’re going to look at some future-proofing essentials.

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A Square Meal: ‘Formula Maintained’ by Robyn A1200

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One of the greatest qualities that a musician can have is simply the ability to produce a cohesive, memorable piece. In our particular field, being able to express oneself through ‘simple’ sounds without losing a single scrap of eloquence is not only admirable but also an irrefutable sign of capability. However, since the concept of quality is not quite universal, and complexity and capability are not always in a linear relationship, there’s not an exact way to measure the first. Each person has their own formula, which is fantastic, but I think that there are some cases in which we all can agree on the value of a work. Today, I want to share one of those albums. In her latest work, Robyn A1200 offers us a huge variety of styles, mixing chiptune, house, VGM, and synthpop to the delight of her listeners. The result is astonishing, to say the least. So let’s take a look at ‘Formula Maintained’ by Robyn A1200.

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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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Chip Mom’s Kitchen #60: Applesauce Dog Biscuits

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Greetings from a suddenly stay-at-home dog mom! Brandon and I are home for the duration, and with extra trips to the store out of the question, I found myself in a pickle this week: we were running low on Gooby Snacks. Thankfully, between the internet and some leftover pantry items, I was able to respect the stay at home order AND whip up some delicious…

Applesauce Dog Biscuits

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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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