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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 magazine 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! Now also selling VHS and DVDs via Filmogs.

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 our collection list at: http://www.ultimathulerecords.com/collection.txt

Facebook
These days, instead of publishing Audion, we run a number of Facebook group pages...
Ultima Thule group discussion page https://www.facebook.com/groups/ultimathulemusic/
The Crack In The Cosmic Egg https://www.facebook.com/groups/325709360964430/
French progressive & underground https://www.facebook.com/groups/630233584462949/
Italian progressive & underground not online yet
Sounds like Krautrock https://www.facebook.com/groups/1195989457079315/
Synth Sequencer Cosmic Electronic https://www.facebook.com/groups/133288640888026/

I (Alan Freeman) am also an admin on these groups...
Krautrock https://www.facebook.com/groups/2210740370/
Space Rock https://www.facebook.com/groups/250641751784914/
Quadelectronic https://www.facebook.com/groups/33530005355/

artist/band pages...
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/
Ruin https://www.facebook.com/RuinRockBand/
Triax Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/triaxfreemanpowell/

Some useful characters for Discogs listing...
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Typical heavy carton with crush zones, that we use for LP parcels
Recent Activity
posted a review of Gianni E I Suoi Solisti. 4 days ago
Gianni E I Suoi Solisti is a fictional name attributed to these library releases. It is not clear that Gianni Mazza is actually involved in any of these at all. Most are in fact culled from album tracks or singles (some as different mix instrumental ... See full review
posted a review of Gianni E I Suoi Solisti - Musiche Di Immagini. 5 days ago
Doesn't look like Gianni Mazza has much or anything at to do with this record. Seems like Gianni E I Suoi Solisti ‎was pure fiction! "Ritratto Di Un Viso" is by Sigillo Di Horus, the B-side of a single. Maybe track 1 is the A side is track 1 under a ... See full review
submitted Alto Stratus - (QSO) Phenomenaï. 12 days ago
posted a review of Exciting UP-tight Band - Young A Go Go. 16 days ago
Exciting Uptight Band - Young A Go Go
One of those many Japanese super-session albums of the early 1970s, notable for featuring Kimio Mizutani and Jun Fukamachi, it's a varied soundtracky fusion, sometimes a bit M.Efekt "Nova Synteza",
sometimes ... See full review
submitted ZBB* - «DB». about 1 month ago
submitted Zircon And The Burning Brains* - Theatre Of Modern Warfare. about 1 month ago
submitted Zircon And The Burning Brains* - Take Two. about 1 month ago
submitted Zircon And The Burning Brains* - Schreek. about 1 month ago
submitted Steve Freeman - Scorpio: Tredje. about 1 month ago
submitted Steve Freeman - Scorpio: Vox Populi. about 1 month ago
submitted Steve Freeman - Scorpio: Conduct Unbecoming. about 1 month ago
submitted Steve Freeman - SF.1: Xenophile. about 1 month ago
submitted Alan Freeman - Xylem: Elephants Pursued By Flying Men. about 1 month ago
submitted Alan Freeman - Xylem: Predator. about 1 month ago
submitted Alan Freeman - Xylem: Revision. about 1 month ago
submitted Alan Freeman - Xylem (1983). about 1 month ago
submitted Alan Freeman - A.C.F. #1: Time Shift. about 1 month ago
submitted Quadelectronic - QE139. about 1 month ago
submitted Quadelectronic - QE136. 2 months ago
submitted Quadelectronic - QE135. 2 months ago
submitted Sponge (5) - Foam Spins (2). 3 months ago
posted a review that has since been deleted. 3 months ago
posted a review that has since been deleted. 3 months ago
added Gösta Berlings Saga - Kontraster - Live to their wantlist. 3 months ago
submitted United Isolation Ensemble - Lockdown #2. 3 months ago
submitted United Isolation Ensemble - Lockdown #1. 4 months ago
submitted Various - The Cosmic Auricle & Other Eggshells. 4 months ago
submitted Ixthuluh - This Was - The Craft Of. 5 months ago
posted a comment on Ixthuluh - Tea At Two. 5 months ago
Submission corrected. See notes in submission history. This comment can be removed.
posted a review of Braen's Machine* - Quarta Pagina (Poliziesco). 5 months ago
QUARTA PAGINA (POLIZIESCO) was recently reissued as being by Braen's Machine, however it is not by Braen's Machine at all, as that was the project of Oronzo De Filippi "Gisteri" and Alessandro Alessandroni "Braen".
posted a review of Braen's Machine* - Quarta Pagina (Poliziesco). 5 months ago
QUARTA PAGINA (POLIZIESCO) was recently reissued as being by Braen's Machine, however it is not by Braen's Machine at all, as that was the project of Oronzo De Filippi "Gisteri" and Alessandro Alessandroni "Braen".
posted a comment on Secret Oyster - Straight To The Krankenhaus. 5 months ago
Sounds like regular stereo to me. Maybe it's your player at fault?
submitted C Kraabel*, N Metcalfe* - March. 5 months ago
submitted Triax (2) - Cosmic Engineers. 5 months ago
submitted Triax (2) - Cosmic Engineers. 5 months ago
submitted Ruin (11) - Wired Up. 5 months ago
submitted Ruin (11) - Wired Up. 5 months ago
posted a comment on Prospective 21e Siècle. 6 months ago
Here is the Deutsche Grammophon avant garde series entry https://www.discogs.com/label/75724-Avantgarde-2
posted a comment on Organisation - Tone Float. 6 months ago
Totally bootleg. This label are also issuing the Can Soest 1970.
added Güs Weg Watergang - 100% Speed Lutin to their wantlist. 6 months ago
posted a review of Aria Primitiva - Sleep No More (Full Version). 6 months ago
Interesting dark experimental fusion, with a slight touch of the old RiO / Zeuhl spirit, although Thierry Zaboitzeff's basically retreading old Art Zoyd ground. Could have done without the version of David Bowie's "Heroes" though.
submitted Nicholas Dodd - Starlands. 7 months ago
submitted Quadelectronic - QE129. 8 months ago
submitted Quadelectronic - QE128. 8 months ago
submitted Greg Truckell - Borrowed Sculptures. 8 months ago
posted a review of Various - Strain, Crack & Break: Music From The Nurse With Wound List Volume 1 (France). 8 months ago
Not a bad selection, although Steve had never heard that Pierre Henry "Malefices" track to my knowledge, and Pierre Henry was added to the list when we played him an "Orphee" extract and he was amazed how NWW it sounded. Also, Besombes was a last minute ... See full review
submitted Quadelectronic - QE126. 8 months ago
submitted Embryo (3) - Eternal Forces. 8 months ago
posted a review of Marcus (42) - From The House Of Trax. 8 months ago
This has all the "right" tags on Discogs to recommend it to someone like me, yet I really didn't get it at all, nor could I understand why it's so sought after. My rather cursory review notes amounted to "so-so psych pop".
posted a review of Vestals - Forever Falling Toward The Sky. 8 months ago
"Drone, Experimental, Ambient" ??? Sounded more like a kind of dream-pop post-rock to me, not dissimilar to some Magic Hour or Boards Of Canada.