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
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
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
count main section entries
The Krautrock Scene 
Other bands & soloists 
Cuckoos & Scrambled Eggs 
Beat & Historical [87*]
Classical & Avant-Garde 
Folk, Traditional, Ethnic [101*]
Jazz & Fusions [333*]
Neo-Prog, 80s Rock [104*]
Neue Deutsche Welle [149*]
Retro, Neo-Psych, etc. [87*]
Sonic Art & Noise [82*]
Synth, New-Age, Instrumental [314*]
note: these are
approximate counts from 6 months before completion. * totals omit duplicates
from other sections
"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!
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computers with an html browser, and other devices that support html roms and
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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
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
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
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p.s. It is likely that you will get an error when copying the rom. This is
due to some extra third party files in the bonus section that I never
checked. These problem files are not needed. If you are planning on adding
the Update v1-1 you do not need to install the
"lateadditions" folder as this is made redundant by the update.
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.
I have a mailing list for those that want to be informed of updates, so email
me to be added.
Update v1-1 is now redundant Update v1-2 [29/11/2021] had an error* Update v1-2 corrected [12/3/2022] with error fixed, is now available
for free >>here<<
using Windows file explorer so that you check that you've installed the update correctly
Size: 1.56 GB (1,683,253,321 bytes)
Size on disk: 1.56 GB (1,683,300,352 bytes) - this total will vary
Contains: 40,888 Files, 2,603 Folders
[with "lateadditions" folder removed]
Size: 1.49 GB (1,603,348,536 bytes)
Size on disk: 1.56 GB (1,683,300,352 bytes) - this total will vary
Contains: 40,785 Files, 2,583 Folders
[with "lateadditions" folder removed]
1.53 GB (1,650,110,754 bytes)
Size on disk: 1.61 GB (1,730,998,272 bytes) - this total will vary
Contains: 41,245 Files, 2,607 Folders
in update1-log.txt - there is no guruguru/articles.html
* v1-2 somehow had Austria index in the Other Bands & Soloists folder
Notes on installing the update on Windows that Steve just alerted me to:
1. if you don't have a Google Drive account, the download page may show a
weird message. Ignore the message and use one of the two download links: a down
arrow pointing to a tray. The second page of the download may state that it
can't check for viruses, select "download anyway" (if this is the
2. right click on the downloaded zip and select "Extract all..."
from the pop-up, or use your preferred unzipper programme. On other systems
you may need to find or download a free unzip tool.
3. if unzipping alerts you to an ini file, allow it (it's a windows system
file, although it's not needed)
4. if unzipping seems to freeze, this will be your system's virus checker
examining files it doesn't know. So, do not panic, just wait for it to
You can also buy the latest updated download edition here.
DVD-rom bug 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.
This bug (and others) are fixed in the Updates as detailed above.
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excellent reviews in Music
Machine and Shindig 110 (Dec. 2020)...
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.
Thanks very much. All seems to be OK. Downloaded, unzipped, and I'm now
going toget stuck in. It looks like
an amazing piece of work. Thanks so much for putting all together.
Best wishes, Robin
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
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!
I'm already overwhelmed by it in the best possible way
re: download version via Bandcamp purchse... Hi Alan,
thanks for the link! Everything works fine.
All the best Anders (Berlin)
Thank you!! Greater than I could have expected!! Tad Reedy
Thank you! I just downloaded it and look forward to diving into it this
weekend. It's funny that I grew up in Germany but was mostly unaware of this
rich music scene. Exceptions were Kraftwerk and a few others who became
popular during the NDW years. I even met Harald Grosskopf a few times and
knew he was working on a new album, but had no idea about his history. It
only took me 25 years and living in another country to figure it out. :-)
Thanks again, have a great week(end)! Gerrit