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ULTIMA THULE was officially established in 1989 as a mail-order outlet for "Progressive Music From Around The World" - that is the eclectic musical field that bridges from the popular Prog acts of the 1970's through to the cutting-edge of "weird" - electronic, avant-garde, synth, fusions, rock, folk, and all manner of hybrids thereof. All of this chiefly within the taste ranges of avid music collectors, brothers: Alan and Steve Freeman, from Leicester, UK.

I'm Alan Freeman, and I manage the Ultima Thule side of things on Discogs (Steve also has an account as stevefreeman). I've been a collector of progressive and experimental music since 1973, fascinated with electronics, the weird and the challenging. Amateur journalist with Face Out, Neumusik, Audion magazine, and numerous others, record and CD cover notes, etc.
I've been a sound and electronics dabbler "experimental musician" since 1979, and have recorded a number of solos (musique-concrete through to ambient), but have been most prolific in bands/projects like: Alto Stratus, Endgame and Triax, as well as many other projects, solo electronics and synth/ambient, on and off with Shapeshifter for over a decade, live electronics jam sessions at Quadelectronic, etc., etc.



ULTIMA THULE are the publishers of...
Audion Magazine (57 issues as of 2012) specialist music magaizine established in 1986
Various - The Crack In The Cosmic Egg the critically acclaimed 1996 book, and now vastly expanded multimedia CD-Rom - encyclopedia of Krautrock music.
The Nurse With Wound Guide (2 editions) discography, reviews, Nurse With Wound list, etc.
Audion East Euro Discography former Eastern bloc prog etc. up to the late 1980's.

Having our own small studio at home has also meant I'm the sound archivist and Tachyon studio engineer (since 1999), manager of our labels Auricle, Ultimate Transmissions, Cosmic Egg, Dark Star (2), etc. We've released hundreds of our own albums on cassette and CD/CDR over the past 3 decades, and also have exclusive releases by Günter Schickert, GAM, Out Of Focus, Kontrast (11), Con Hertz, David Prescott, Ole Højer Hansen, New 7th Music, Chris Conway (2), Jim Tetlow, Sine Wave (2), David Hindmarch, etc., etc. A recent discovery is the excellent instrumental freak-out rock band Ruin (11). All these releases are available via Discogs.



Still a music collector, always on the search for things I may have missed, especially 1970's prog, space-rock, Krautrock, electronic music, and such-like, which is how I came across Discogs. Of course, I now wish I'd joined-up earlier!
I joined Discogs on 2 February 2012, and have since documented all our own releases (along with stevefreeman), added 1,000's of pictures, have done loads of reviews and other stuff, started selling via Discogs (usually over 1,000 titles on sale) and almost got to the 10,000 points mark in 1 year! And I'm still going strong! I wonder what another year will bring?

Note: I currently do not list my collection on Discogs. As Discogs does not have any way of tagging stock to be relisted for sale I use the collection tag to mark such items. I also tag certain other items I have to alert me if people update/change them. You can find my collection list at: http://home.btconnect.com/ultimathule/collection.txt

Alto Stratus Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/altostratusfreeman/
Endgame Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/endgamefreemantetlow/
Eruption Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/eruptionfreemantetlow/
Extremities Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/extremitiesfreemantetlowpowell/
Alan Freeman Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/alanfreemanxylem/
Triax Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/triaxfreemanpowell/

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Be aware that, compared to the original LP and Mantra CD, this Voiceprint reissue had a number of mastering flaws, not least sounding very dull and flat. That, in addition to having the wrong info inside the booklet, means you should only really buy it ... See full review
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posted a review of Hand (5) - Everybody's Own. 21 days ago
Supposedly great psych folk from Switzerland. Listening to it without any reference, I would have sworn it was a Canadian album of the Quebec scene, except that the vocals are in English. I also think people use the term "Psych" too much. It does sound ... See full review
posted a review of New World Music. 21 days ago
Re CD releases on New World. When I wrote my first report on the label in Audion #9 (August 1988) there were no CD releases available, only cassettes. CD releases were imminent as I wrote my second feature in Audion #10 (November 1988), to quote "are now ... See full review
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posted a review of Rancid Poultry - Qaotic Pestilgence. about 1 month ago
Originally planned as the first Ultima Thule vinyl release in the early 1990s, but only ever published as some demo copies on cassette, this is the first ever release of this lost Rancid Poultry album! Expect the unexpected with these explorative ... See full review
posted a review of Ruin (11) - The Uncertain World Of Folds And Creases. about 1 month ago
More wonderful crazed rock innovation. They're going quite out on a limb on some of this one, sounding like no one else I can think of. Lots of very broken and weird rhythmic elements, stochastic and jazzy edged rambles and many more surprises, plus a ... See full review
posted a review of Kevin O'Neill (7) - Live! +. about 1 month ago
This release collects all the known live recordings of Kevin O'Neill during the 1980s. The "Electronica" events were recorded professionally by the organisers. Those previously appeared on the cassette edition. However, the masters for that had been ... See full review
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