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After spending months writing, recording and producing MKE OR BRK, Sydney’s Ten Thousand Free Men & Their Families (aka 10k aka 10kfreemen) has pushed out a second group of songs which he has creatively titled Another. This EP pushes further into what 10k calls “chipunk” – the art of screaming over a Nintendo Game Boy backing track. This time around the emphasis was put on getting it recorded quickly, having a great time and getting it out, rather than the continuous pursuit of perfection. Some would say Another is like the older brother or sister to MKE OR BRK, it is a little older, a little wiser and it doesn’t care as much at all. Another is raw, punk, chip and funny as hell and it is all laced with the “fuck off” attitude you love to hate – even the cover art is left of centre (literally). Get it now, while it is cool to do so. Hate it later.


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Lazerbeat VS Ten Thousand Free Men and Their Families.

TCTD has interviewed some pretty amazing people in the past and today we continue that tradition with one of the true titans of Chip Music. Prodigy of Malcom Mclaren, licking the ankles of Crystal Castles and stepping on the groin of Timbaland, Ladies and Gentlemen, hot off his tour of the Asian Sub Continent and his release of his sprawling masterpiece “MKE or BRK”

We give you, Ten Thousand Free Men and Their Families.

LB: Who are your influences?

10k: Well David, my number one influence was, is and ever more shall be, Malcolm McLaren. He is the master of exploiting underground sounds. After reading the article that he wrote for Wired, I started making chipmusic. The way he presented the chipmusic ideal in that masterful piece set my sights on Game Boy music and I simply could not turn back. He was the reason that I got in on the ground floor of the sound – he was there right at the beginning, really on the money, like he always has been and I was mere seconds behind him. I was really keen to be a hacker, a bender, a softpunker and a buffalo pirate and to use illegal software, because that is the way to be truly punk. I mean, what is more punk than using ripped software on a janked up consumer toy to create music? I have an answer for you: doing exactly that, then screaming your lungs out over the top of it. I think Malcolm would be proud of me, I stepped up his game to the next level. In the scene, I am really liking some of the tracks TV Death Squad had up on his myspace a while back – I hear he is killer live, too.

LB: Were you really kicking yourself when you realised you had spelled “friends” wrong on the song title?

10k: Mate! Are you suggesting I spelt it wrong? We do things different here Down Under and I guess this is one of those things we do differently. If I spelt it the ‘correct’ way, it would have really have increased the length of the EP drastically and that is something that obviously could not happen. Anything more than eight minutes is not punk enough. Next question.

LB: You mentioned you’re from Australia, what is the scene like down there?

10k: I find it really hard here sometimes, not having anyone else in the scene. I’d like to think that me putting myself out like I have will encourage others to get into it all. Maybe people down here should start some blogs, put on some regular chip parties, maybe even develop some ways of creatively interfacing with consoles? Who knows? Out of my hands. Continue reading Lazerbeat VS Ten Thousand Free Men and Their Families.

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Chipsters: Aussie Chip Comp out

00-cover_frontFrom comp organizer Little-Scale:

“Okay, so if you are interested in Australian chipmusic or chipmusic in general, this would be a great compilation to grab! Sixteen awesome artists, a bunch of cool gear and a really big variety of tracks – what more could you want from a free electronic music download?”

1 . Derris-Kharlan: Mirrors
2 . Ten Thousand Free Men & Their Families: Bitch-Whipped
3 . Maddest Kings Alive: Cagey Negotiators
4 . Astro Zombies: Code Blue
5 . AndyExpandy: supermegapowerup
6 . little-scale: Will You Remember Me?
7 . (alt)Bro: Franchise Fascination
8 . Vytantus: Melancholy Frivolity
9 . Jacko: Among The Gum Trees
10 . cTrix: WednesdayChip
11 . Dot.AY: Dirigible Spacecraft
12 . Ubey: swsh
13 . Celsius: Wi-Fry
14 . Godinpants: liphe
15 . Freezedream: Happy Sixty Four
16 . The LOLstralians: Botany

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