Ten Thousand Free Men & Their Families

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Ten Thousand Free Men & Their Families
Origin Australia Sydney, NSW, Australia
Genres Electronic music, chiptune, punk
Instruments Nintendo Game Boy
Years active 2007–present
Website 10kfreemen.com
Members Thomas Gilmore

Ten Thousand Free Men & Their Families (also known as 10k[1] or 10kfreemen[2]) is a musical project of Sydney based Game Boy music composer and performer Thomas Gilmore,[3] who began writing music with the Nintendo Game Boy in 2007.[4] Shortly after in 2008, Gilmore and Dot.AY from Brisbane started a blog documenting and promoting Australian chipmusic called GameBoyAustralia.[5] In early 2011, Gilmore and Eugene Davoren-Britton launched a vinyl-only chipmusic label called Sounds Legit.[6] The name for Gilmore's project was inspired by the A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible webcomic of a similar title.[7] Gilmore currently performs live vocals in a hardcore punk style that transcends the regular boundaries of chipmusic,[8] to form a style of music that Gilmore calls "chipunk".[9] In March 2016, after a period of silence from the act, a live band manifestation of Ten Thousand Free Men & Their Families played at Square Sounds Festival Melbourne.[10]

Discography[edit]

Ten Thousand Free Men & Their Families has released many recordings with netlabels in the past, but the discography listed on his website only includes releases that were released physically. Gilmore has stated this is because his physical releases are a huge departure from his previous work that he now considers to be demos.[11] Both MKE OR BRK[12] and Another[13] were stocked by 8bitpeoples, a prominent chipmusic label.[14] The Rite Now single was later stocked by the Milwaukee-based label, Radiograffiti.[15]

Solo Releases[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • MKE OR BRK (2010, Independent CD)
  • Another (2010, Independent CD)

Singles[edit]

  • Rite Now (2011, Independent 5" Vinyl)[16]

Compilations[edit]

  • (Triskaidekaphobia) 13,000.00 Milliseconds (2008, Ratskin Records, CD Compilation)[17]
  • Progfest 09, The Best Of Aussie Prog (2009, Birds Robe, CD Compilation)[18]
  • Reformat: A Tribute To Bit Shifter's Information Chase (2011, 8bitpeoples, CD Compilation)[19]
  • ...and then they remixed everything (2013, Birds Robe, CD/Digital Remix album for sleepmakeswaves ...and so we destroyed everything)[20]

Web Releases and Demos[edit]

  • 0.999... = 1 (2007)[21]
  • The Pokémon Song (2007)[22]
  • Glitch Village Vol. 1 (2007)[23]
  • Mario Paint EP (2008)[24]
  • PixlCrushr / Ten Thousand Free Men & Their Families Split (2008)[25]
  • Dot.AY / Ten Thousand Free Men & Their Families Split (2008)[26]
  • Glitch Village Vol. 2 (2008)[27]
  • DMGMite-01: The Australian Chipmusic Compilation, Volume I (2008)[28]
  • Chipsters: The Australian Chipmusic compilation, Volume II (2009)[29]
  • Blip Festival 2011 Live Recording (2011)[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Music article for Square Sounds Festival Melbourne, accessed March 2016
  2. ^ 10k's official Myspace page accessed 20 August 2010
  3. ^ Smith, Jessie (11 September 2008). "Ten Thousand Free Men, Their Families...and their Game Boys". Music Feeds. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  4. ^ 10k's official Myspace page
  5. ^ GameBoyAustralia blog entry
  6. ^ Sounds Legit label website stating who holds copyright
  7. ^ A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible, 10,000 FREE MEN AND THEIR FAMILIES 12 November 2004
  8. ^ little-scale blog post, 6 June 2010
  9. ^ True Chip Till Death article "Another EP", 18 June 2010
  10. ^ Square Sounds Festival Website Accessed March 2016
  11. ^ True Chip Till Death article "MKE OR BRK", 1 March 2010
  12. ^ 8bitpeoples webstore MKE OR BRK item
  13. ^ 8bitpeoples webstore Another item
  14. ^ digicult article about 8bitpeoples
  15. ^ Radiograffiti webstore
  16. ^ Game Boy Australia entry "Rite Now 5" limited vinyl" posted Thursday, 12 May 2011
  17. ^ Discogs entry "Various - (Triskaidekaphobia) 13,000.00 Milliseconds"
  18. ^ OzProg online store item Porgfest 09 CD
  19. ^ 8bitpeoples online store V/A - Reformat: A Tribute To Bit Shifter's Information Chase item
  20. ^ sleepmakeswaves Bandcamp page accessed March 2016
  21. ^ Glitch City release list featuring 0.999... = 1
  22. ^ Glitch City release list featuring The Pokémon Song
  23. ^ Glitch City release list featuring GV01
  24. ^ CalmDownKidder, CDK002 release page
  25. ^ Glitch City release list featuring PixlCrushr/TTFM+TF
  26. ^ Game Boy Australia post - "Friends" 10 April 2008
  27. ^ Glitch City release list featuring GV02
  28. ^ Aus Chip Directory listing
  29. ^ Aus Chip Directory listing
  30. ^ Free Music Archive Blip Festival 2011-Ten Thousand Free Men & Their Families

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