Boards Of Canada

The spring might belong to Daft Punk, but it seems that they aren’t the only hugely important electronic duo ready to end a long silence. Scottish emotive-ambient overlords Boards Of Canada haven’t released an album since The Campfire Headphase eight years ago, but on Record Store Day this past Saturday, they apparently released a series of cryptic 12″ singles, all in very limited editions of one apiece. These six pieces of vinyl were scattered all over the world like Willy Wonka Golden Tickets, and thus far, only one has surfaced. A customer at New York’s Other Music bought one of these singles, and he’s posted info about it on Reddit. The single has 20 seconds of audio and a voice reciting a number, and you can hear it and read this buyer’s thoughts on the mystery below.

There’s what this thoughtful young man writes:

Hey, so i recently posted something on facebook about a record I got today at Other Music, its a new BoC release from warp, dated 2013. The record is single sided, and has about a roughly 20 second clip of a very boards-of-canada-ey voice with synth backing saying a six digit number once, and then cuts out.

on the front of the record Boards of Canada is written and beneath that a series of -’s, /’s, and X’s, are arranged as follows

—— / —— / —— / XXXXXX / —— / ——

Clearly I have one of six similar Boards of Canada records released today and distributed “randomly” around the world (Other Music said they received the record with no word / acknowledgement of its existence, it was just there in a shipment they received). I think that if all of the numbers are gathered and arranged in a proper order, we might be able to figure something out, so we just need the other 5 people who found the record (or maybe they haven’t been found yet) to reveal their numbers and where they fit in the sequence, and then of course, have to decipher what the numbers together mean.

I don’t work for warp, and am just a college kid who idolizes this group

I want to figure this out

(via Consequence Of Sound, where you can also read about more evidence that the duo might be counting down to something)

If you’re one of the other people who grabbed one of these singles, it’s clearly your job to step forward now.

Comments (7)
  1. The fact that there are 6 X’s on the front and 6 numbers on the record is probably no coincidence
    ——/——/——/936557/——/——
    It’s only going to be solvable once we have a sequence of 36 numbers

    Hopefully it’ll be leading to a new BoC album though; if the countdown thing mentioned on Consequence of Sound is right then we’ve only got 259 days to wait!

  2. I want to know how much he paid for that 20 second clue

  3. It seems like they’re paying homage to the mysterious numbers stations phenomenon again. BoC have sampled these recordings before on a couple of earlier works. Great pre-release teaser idea!

  4. Not sure why this isn’t more talked about on here. A second record has been found in London now. Now with the numbers reading “7-1-7-2-2-8″.

  5. Does nobody else recognize the tune? It’s the alien message theme from Close Encounters of the Third Kind…

    http://youtu.be/H4Kgzn3tDQU

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