Ptolemaic Terrascope

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Ptolemaic Terrascope
Ptolemaic Terrascope logo
EditorPhil McMullen (1988–2005)
Pat Thomas (2005-07)
Frequencytwice a year
PublisherNick Saloman
First issueMay 1989
Final issue
October 2007
CompanyWoronzow Records
CountryEngland (1989–2005)
USA (2007)
Based inMelksham, Wiltshire
Oakland, California (2007)

Ptolemaic Terrascope is a magazine covering old and new music, usually of a psychedelic nature. It has been published irregularly since 1989. Originally published by the Woronzow record label, it covers a wide variety of bands and artists from the 1960s to the present day. Issues typically come with a 7" vinyl record or latterly a CD, and sometimes also special inserts such as artwork, scrap books, and discount coupons.

In March 2005, editor Phil McMullen announced that the magazine would be coming under new management and relocating from Britain to North America. The domain name has been retained by McMullen for the website Terrascope Online, featuring reviews, interviews, articles and artwork by the majority of the former Ptolemaic Terrascope staff.

The Terrascope Online website also acts as a focus for the semi-annual Terrastock indie rock festivals which, since 1997, Phil McMullen has curated.

According to the magazine, the name Ptolemaic Terrascope has no real meaning. Their official web page explains, "Ptolemy is a tortoise who lives at Terrascope Towers. Terrascope is a word Phil made up because (a) it matched the artwork we'd designed for the first issue, and (b) we like the Captain Beefheart song 'Tarotplane'."

Additionally to the online magazine, McMullen started a new letterpress-printed music magazine, the Terrascopædia in 2012.


  • Phil McMullen, editor (print issues from 1988–2005, since then online as Terrascope Online)
  • Pat Thomas, editor (one print issue, 2007)

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