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The Crack In The Cosmic EggGerman music encyclopedia
Probably everything you needed to know about Krautrock & the wider prog, electronic, experimental music scenes from Germany. Vastly expanded from the book edition.
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+ free The Cosmic Auricle & Other Eggshells CDR sampler
+ free Psychedelic Underground 14 CD sampler
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The Crack In The Cosmic Egg German music encyclopedia
Encyclopedia of Krautrock, Kosmische Musik, & other progressive, experimental & electronic musics from Germany, CD-Rom by Steven Freeman & Alan Freeman
"The Crack In The Cosmic Egg" has been hailed by the musicians as the most informative insight into German rock and related musics, endorsed by Faust's Jean-Hervé Peron, Amon Düül 2's Chris Karrer, really enthused about by Guru Guru's Mani Neumeier, and it so impressed Out Of Focus' Remigius Drechsler that he helped us launch our Krautrock label "Cosmic Egg"! The book version, first published in December 1996, has been out of print for a while now, and is now becoming quite a collectable.
We described the book version as the definitive encyclopedia of Krautrock, Kosmische Musik and all things weird and wonderful from Germany. It contained 1177 entries (Krautrock bands, soloists, etc.), 2500 albums (including musician details), plus non-LP singles, compilation contributions, as well as two 16 page picture sections, including many rare photos, 150+ LP covers. In its pages were histories, biographies, reviews, discographies, articles on major scenes, indexes, etc. Well-over 4,000 copies were sold!
Financing such a publication wasn't easy, and since then the printers we used closed down and all quotes from elsewhere were far too pricey, which meant it was not at all possible to do a new revised book print, unless someone could work as a partner or finance it for us. That invitation has been out there for a long while now with no takers. So, after sussing out how easily I could do a web-site and html CD-Rom's, I came up with the idea of doing "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg" as an expanded and revised CD-Rom version. The guts of the project were already established, and the Internet meant that revision and research would be a lot easier. I never expected how it would catapult the project in leaps and bounds, snowballing into an amazing monster reference tool!
Over ten years on from the book, and with six or more years of intensive research, the revised PC CD-Rom edition has become an enormous beast. Almost everything you ever wanted to know. An interactive off-line web-site of html pages, with lots of extras, like colour photos of everything we can get our hands on, as well as rare adverts, posters, gig photos, etc. There are even some choice exclusive music samples (3 hours) and videos! Everything that can be revised and updated has been, and there so many additional entries - you wouldn't believe you could fit so much on one disc!
You can also get "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg" CD-Rom from...
Germany: green-brain-krautrock.de (wholesale: Garden Of Delights distribution)
USA: Doug Larson Imports, Forced Exposure, Wayside Music, Syn-Phonic
A tip: Google "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg" "Audion Publications" to learn more!
Notes, revised 9/12/2008...
Next edition Due to some confusion on this matter, I'll clarify. The current "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg" CD-Rom edition is edition 1a (a very slightly revised version with some errors corrected) it is not a second edition! If we ever do a new edition, based on the current rate of progress, don't expect it before 2012 (Steve says more likely 2015-17). This is because we have other projects we are working on, and that we are trying to get to hear everything in the "Rumours & Mysteries" section, which will take some time. Only then will we seriously consider a new edition. And (of course) only if we have sold-out of what we have! This is unless we have a huge rush on sales and we somehow miraculously get to hear everything sooner!
Keep your disc set! When we later decide to do a revised edition of the CD-Rom we propose that we will do a special offer for those that already have either edition 1 or edition 1a. To qualify you will need to still have your original disc. We'll clarify more on this at a later date, if and when it happens. So, even if you install the "The Crack In The Cosmic Egg" on your computer, take care to keep your disc in a safe place.
Errors & omissions Anyone noticing errors or missing info, we'd really like to hear from you. We'd love to be able to eradicate the "Rumours & Mysteries" section for instance, fill in the gaps of concert listings (tickets & posters too) and get any missing or better album cover or group pictures. Error help info needed
Music & video We'd also like to hear from anyone able to supply rare music samples and videos.
Every little bit helps We cannot pay for any such assistance, as it is all a labour of love that we've done purely for the music. We haven't even paid ourselves for the 6+ years of intensive work involved!
Any criticisms or advice? We won't be offended! By the way, if you wanted something flashier than how The Crack In The Cosmic Egg looks, we did toy with such ideas, but decided to go with the simplest option that should work on all PC systems. No scripts, no flash. We're told it even works fine on modern Mac's!