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ULTIMA THULE / THE CRACK IN THE COSMIC EGG

html DVD-Rom 2020 edition - Out now!

The Crack In The Cosmic Egg
ISBN 978-1-5272-6834-0

Encyclopedia of Krautrock, Kosmische Musik, & other progressive, experimental & electronic musics from Germany
by Steve Freeman & Alan Freeman.

1 x 1.6 GB html DVD-rom + a Digipak cover

Krautrock Kraut Rock The Crack In The Cosmic Egg Kosmische German Progressive Rock Experimental Electronic Psychedelic Underground Audion Music Encyclopedia Amon Duul Can Kraftwerk Embryo Guru Guru Tangerine Dream Ash Ra Tempel Alan Steve Freeman Ultima Thule

Probably everything you needed to know about Krautrock, but were afraid to ask...

Rear cover notes: The rise of experimental music in (West) Germany since the 1960s is unrivalled, and its influence can be found in nearly all forms of modern music. This fertile scene, of which the core is commonly known as Krautrock, bridged psychedelia, new forms of fusion, ethnic/world-music, kosmische musik, electronic music, etc., and is full of surprises.
A veritable cornucopia of delights, almost every groundbreaking new form of music flourished in Germany, and it didn't stop with the 1970s.
In this new DVD-rom edition we explore the history and all the bands and artists that made this happen.
All completely revised, and with tons of new sections and features, it’s an engrossing read.

groups/artists count

main section entries
The Krautrock Scene [635]
Other bands & soloists [136]
Austria [72]
Cuckoos & Scrambled Eggs [106]
DDR [83]
Switzerland [102]
Beat & Historical [87*]
Classical & Avant-Garde [71]
Folk, Traditional, Ethnic [101*]
Jazz & Fusions [333*]
Neo-Prog, 80s Rock [104*]
Metal [32*]
Neue Deutsche Welle [149*]
Retro, Neo-Psych, etc. [87*]
Sonic Art & Noise [82*]
Synth, New-Age, Instrumental [314*]

That's 2,494 main entries!

note: these are approximate counts from 6 months before completion. * totals omit duplicates from other sections

Basic rom statistics

pages: 11450 files (93396 KB) 91.2 MB
images: 31741 files (847925 KB) 828.05 MB
audio/video: 117 files (651520 KB) 636.25 MB
total: (1644551 KB) 1606 MB

audio/video:

Auricle label: 2:45:52 / 165:52
Bonus Audion 0-10 rom: 1:17:22 / 77:22
Cosmic Egg Label: 1:58:18 / 118:18
Interviews: 1:29:25 / 89:25
Music: 4:35:47 / 275:47
Video: 30:55
Late additions: 1:32:03 / 92:03
total: 14:09:42 / 849:42

Yes, that's a remarkable 14 hours worth of audio/video multimedia!

complete rom contents / artist list file

The "Music" folder contains all unique music not available with any other publication. The Auricle folder also contains rarities.

What's new/exclusive to this?
Introduction: rewritten and expanded, with lots of extra analysis, plus historical press clips, adverts, etc.
Krautrock 101-200: as voted by members of the Facebook Krautrock group.
Krautroock lists: including a singles listing, and Krautrock yearly lists.
Articles: most have been revised/expanded where possible, many with additional pages.
Discographies: are now all albums, singles, reissues, archives and reformations, as complete as is practically possible, with track and musician details as well, all through to 2020.
Music: a lot of extra music, some of it exclusive. See audio/video above for the basics.
Pictures: every possible/significant release version has an image. There are also large picture displays of all releases in the main section, plus reissues of interest and selected releases elsewhere. In fact, all images have also been revised and improved where possible.
Gig listings: all the main groups are included, now researched in-depth, with linked images, plus additional line-up info where known, new concert venues listings, and much in-depth coverage of festivals.
Press clipping and picture pages: everything we could find has been added, including some tour guides and other curios, and you'll find yet more posters and tickets in the gig listings, and loads of press clips and translated articles in the expanded Other Publications section.
Further afield: a vastly expanded look at similar music from around the world. That's 250 bands/artists!
Audion magazine extras: reviews and articles from Audion added to all relevant artist/group pages, plus a bonus rom of Audion magazine issues 1-10 (this was the original model for the Cosmic Egg rom layout, designed back in 2003, but remained unpublished until now).
Other Publications: a vastly expanded section on other books and magazines, including some extra sections of translated articles, some large view article clips, etc., etc.
Over a decade of extra research resulting in much more accurate histories, more complete discographies, more background on the Krautrock scene and the various people involved.
Plus: various other pages and extras.

History & growth...
The original 1996 book had 767 entries in the main section. It had concise (as short as possible) write-ups on bands/artist, and only basic discographies, with no track lists and only original non album singles. The main section also included releases from Austria, the DDR, Switzerland, some foreign bands and avant-garde artists.
The 2007 CD-Rom split-off all the stuff that wasn't exactly part of the Krautrock scene into satellite extra sections, resulting in a main section with 612 entries, of which were 137 new additions. New sections included: Austria, DDR, Switzerland, Cuckoos & Scrambled Eggs (foreign bands) and genres: Beat & Historical, Classical & Avant-Garde, Folk, Traditional, Ethnic, Jazz & Fusions, Neo-Prog & Metal, Neue Deutsche Welle, Retro, Neo-Psych, etc., Sonic Art & Noise, Synth, New-Age, Instrumental, resulting in an additional 1,400 entries!
The 2020 DVD-Rom split-off some other main section artists into the rebranded "Rejects & Misfits" section, now named "Other Bands & Soloists" further refining the main Krautrock scene, and added a further 67 new main section entries for a new definitive 636 bands and artists that defined Krautrock. Because of all the revision and refining of the publication, the accurate totals are not easy to ascertain, however, it is clear that the new rom includes 200 artist in its main section that weren't in the original book. A further 190 more new entries were added in the various satellite sections. There are also many extra sub-sections in various "more" sub-menus listing almost everyone else.
The new rom contains: 8,843 html pages, and 30,748 jpg images!

PRICES

DVD-rom direct from Ultima Thule: £30.00
+ p&p/shipping: UK £2.50, Europe £5.30, worldwide £6.50 (UK "signed for" add £1.25)
Payment: credit/debit card, PayPal (friend payment, else add 5%), cheque, postal order, cash
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DVD-rom via regular PayPal: £31.50
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You can also request a PayPal invoice by email or Facebook messenger

DVD-rom via web sales agents: £34.50
Bandcamp & Discogs
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download & usb stick versions can also be ordered via Bandcamp

via Amazon: £38.00 (inc. fees & taxes) + p&p/shipping

credit/debit card: phone or email your details. Orders to new customers will be sent "signed for"
cheque: UK sterling cheques, payable to Ultima Thule. New customers, allow a week for clearance
postal orders: UK postal orders, not crossed, payable to Steven Freeman
cash: sending cash in the mail is at customer risk

Zipped download version
PayPal £30 to utle2uk@btconnect.com with instructions, or credit/debit card, or order via Bandcamp.

Zipped version on a USB stick
PayPal UK: £32.00, Europe: £34.00, World £35.00 to utle2uk@btconnect.com or order via Bandcamp

Official recommended retail price: £40.00

Discount/Wholesale
Buying multiple copies of the DVD-rom for a group of friends, library, university, etc.
Discount structure: 5 copies = 5% off, 6 copies = 6% off, etc. to 30 copies = 30% off.
Retailers/Shops qualify for maximum discount on 1 copy.
Wholesalers/Distributors qualify for maximum discount on 5+ copies.
p&p/shipping/insurance is additional.

IMPORTANT THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE BUYING

This rom is not guaranteed to run on all systems. It should run on all computers with an html browser, and other devices that support html roms and offline websites. Read this info file for more details.

Compatibility test
The Cosmic Egg DVD-rom disc will function on all known systems with a DVD-drive and html browser.
The zipped USB and download versions, require unzipping software and some computer know-how.

As some people keep asking "Will this run on my system?" and just to satisfy those with Apple or other probably compatible systems, here is a very basic cut-down test version (best opened in a separate window so that you can still read this). At my Google Drive, either use the download link (down arrow & tray icon) or use the ZIP Extractor and follow instructions saving to your hard drive.

test version: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1otaLESkaseYlx5gFFZwx7nU_wS3fGlbU/view?usp=sharing

Installing the rom
If you have the spare space on your hard drive, this is the best option for speedy use. You can also copy it to other compatible devices. Instructions for installing can be found here.

When you've installed the rom, the files viewed in Windows file explorer should look like this and this.

Free updates
Especially for those that install the rom on their computer hard-drive, we will occasionally publish updates that can be added to the rom. These will be things like: corrections, expanded write-ups, extra picture pages, revised gig listings, etc., otherwise only pages that can be simply be replaced or added. The updates will come with instructions of where to place the new pages. Already it is apparent that we needed to revise the Tangerine Dream page and correct the Helmut & Rainer Cornelius Friz pages.
I will set-up a mailing list for those that want to be informed of updates, so email me to be added.

There is a programming error in the music/samples.html file (Welcome links were not updated).

Here is the replacement file. To download and install: right click on replacement file and select "save link as" and save it to your installed rom "music" folder replacing the defective file.

If you don't want to install the rom or add the update, the workaround from the DVD is to access the mp3 files by using your system browser. The easiest way to do this (whilst using the rom) is to click on the Late additions & other stuff in the main menu, click on the folder with an up arrow (labelled higher lever, parent directory or similar), locate the music folder, open it and double click on the files.

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Customer reviews...

Hi Al,

Received the Rom thanks and spent a couple of hours browsing , I will also install as suggested in the next few days.

You should both be very proud of what you have achieved , absolutely superb and literally without any doubt at all the ultimate guide to Krautrock anyone could possibly hope or wish for. A remarkable effort and labour of love I am really looking forward to discover many more hidden gems .

I genuinely hope you get the response and sales your efforts deserve.

Best Wishes

Chris

on Facebook...

Once upon a time a young teenager who had grown up in a musical desert and was desperate to hear all the music he had missed out on bought the UA sampler All Good Clean Fun. And it had on it a brilliant track called “Race from Here to Your Ears” by a group called Amon Duul II. And then the late great John Peel (may he spend Eternity listening to new music) played “Stumbling Over Melted Moonlight” also by Amon Duul II. Well I had to buy Dance of the Lemmings didn’t I, awesome cover, brilliant album. In those days my music paper of choice was of course the NME and they did a series (?) of articles of Krautrock which included Amon Duul II, Can, Faust, Neu, Tangerine Dream, etc. I never looked back.
   Fast forward nearly 50 years and I find I’m the number 23 fan of The Crack In The Cosmic Egg. I got the original book and the first CD-Rom version and this one expands it even more! God it’s good!
Niall

re Cuckoos & Scrambled Eggs section...
nice, I like the inclusion of a few MPS artist here, plus Mumps, P.Catherine & Van’t Hof too. Definitely Kraut-Jazz...for me a partner-category to Kraut-Rock and at least as important as Space-Kraut (with its occasional leanings towards electronic or new age).
...
and another one got to this part in Florida....thanks, excited
Erb

DVD-Rom has just touched down in New Zealand. Can't wait to explore it. Danke schoen!
Neil

I received my copy today and I have to say it is amazing! The original book is one of my favorite music encyclopedias (I have 2 copies) but this dvd-rom is unbelievable! What an accomplishment! Thank you Freeman brothers for all your hard work and putting this out!
Joe

I'm already overwhelmed by it in the best possible way
Adam

re: download version via Bandcamp purchse...
Hi Alan,
thanks for the link! Everything works fine.
Great job!
All the best
Anders (Berlin)

 

 

Previous editions...

1997 book

2007 CD-Rom