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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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posted a comment on Patto (2) - Ducks In Flight (The Lost Jazz Album). 4 days ago
A useful web blog report: Akarma release of "Patto - Ducks In Flight - The Lost Jazz Album 1970/1971." I've received a few emails on this one. This release from Akarma is a collection of the outtakes from the band's first two albums that were ... See full review
added Man - Live At The Padget Rooms, Penarth to their wantlist. 7 days ago
posted a review of Rancid Poultry - The Politics Of Monotony. 10 days ago
More extremely rare material from their later years. This was released in some form as a very limited issue back in the 90s, but this new edition is its first proper release. Rancid Poultry get political? Well, not really, although they were clearly ... See full review
posted a review of The Interstellar Cementmixers - Dimension Z. 10 days ago
In addition to the bonus unreleased material on Catacomb Discord, Dump - upon commenting that some of the material of his archive cassettes was issued on the CD "Dimension Y" - suggested the idea of also issuing a "Dimension Z" collection, if I found ... See full review
posted a review of The Land Of Yrx - Termination Point. 10 days ago
Document of two classic performances by Shrewsbury's unique electro space-rock band from the 1980s. Here we have the very memorable set at U.K. Electronica, Sheffield, 24 August 1985, one of the high points of the band's "career" - a high flying trip! ... See full review
posted a review of The Land Of Yrx - Coming Forth In Light. 10 days ago
Long awaited reissue of this collection of choice/special tracks from The Land Of Yrx's most uniquely productive years. This release proves most web reviews about The Land Of Yrx wrong. If you have a listen to Unfruchtbarmachung Der Ungelernt - a heavy ... See full review
submitted Rancid Poultry - The Politics Of Monotony. 11 days ago
submitted The Interstellar Cementmixers - Dimension Z. 11 days ago
submitted Ruin (11) - The Knitter. 11 days ago
posted a review of The Nomadia - Range Of Vision. 22 days ago
Don't know where: Folk Rock or Psychedelic Rock qualify as as tags on this. All side one "The Marihuana Side" of the LP is very basic Bluegrass, Americana, Folk, Easy Listening, etc. No Folk Rock at all. In fact the opening track is a traditional banjo ... See full review
posted a review of Hermann Nitsch - Musik Der 60. Aktion, Berlin 1978 Galerie Petersen. 24 days ago
According to an old site documenting Hermann Nitsch works, the actual performance was called "Aktion Improvisation Für Orgel, Elektronische Gitarre Und Buddhistische Klangschalen, 21. April 1978, Berlin, Galerie Petersen" although (AFAIK) this is not ... See full review
posted a review of Aardvarks (3) - The Aardvarks' Second. 27 days ago
Vastly different to their debut, due to shorter more song based tracks and quite a few different musicians. Really, you've got to really like the singer's dead-pan style, and that all the tracks are like different arrangements of the same basic song/tune ... See full review
submitted Aardvarks (3) - The Aardvarks' Second. 27 days ago
posted a comment on Pegasus (26) - Times Are Changing. about 1 month ago
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posted a comment on Pegasus (26) - Seems A Long Time Gone. about 1 month ago
Corrected. You should ask for this post to be removed, as now it makes no sense. In the future post such comments in the edit history not the public reviews.
submitted Randomworld - 1. about 1 month ago
posted a review of Tim Blake - Crystal Machine. about 1 month ago
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
submitted Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk 2. about 1 month ago
submitted Neu! - Neu!. about 1 month ago
submitted The Land Of Yrx - Coming Forth In Light. about 1 month ago
submitted The Land Of Yrx - Termination Point. about 1 month ago
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submitted Ruin (11) Remixes By Alan Freeman - Psycho Groove. about 1 month ago
submitted Ruin (11) - Spontaneous Vol.1 (Album Selections 2011-2012). about 1 month ago
submitted Ruin (11) - Spontaneous Vol.2 (Album Selections 2013-2016). about 1 month ago
posted a review of Hand (5) - Everybody's Own. about 1 month 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. about 1 month 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
submitted Rancid Poultry - Look Out! (Cassettes Selection 1986-1992). about 1 month ago
submitted Chris Conway (2) - The Dream Collector. 2 months ago
submitted Dave Prescott* - Red Shift 5. 2 months ago
submitted Quadelectronic - QE14. 2 months ago
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added Quadelectronic - QE21 to their collection. 2 months ago
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