Lets talk Boards Of Canada RSD 12″

Posted by Jakub


As part of Saturday’s Record Store Day festivities, Warp released a solitary 12″ credited to the pair through NY record shop Other Music. The disc features a short clip of a woozy none-more-BoC piece, plus a vocodered voice reading out the numbers “9-3-6-5-5-7″. It appears the record may be one in a series of jigsaw pieces: the record is credited as “—— / —— / —— / XXXXXX / —— / ——” , and features dead space on either side of the clip, implying a fill-in-the-gaps approach.

We obviously approached the story with the requisite skepticism, but Pitchfork now claim they have had direct confirmation that the record is legit. An Other Music employee, Mikey IQ Jones, has also got in touch directly with FACT. According to Jones: “It’s real. We were given a copy to secretly place in the racks at Other Music; we’re really psyched that it was found by a big fan!”


So the vinyl is legit, now its time to figure out what the numbers mean. I have to hand it to Warp Records and BoC, this brought back the young fan in a lot of people that might have written them off. Its funny how hardcore music fans that treat music really seriously can trash talk and the less serious more carefree listener is just geeked and ready to spend their weekend trying to decode the exciting mystery that is there.

I personally think the 6 spaces each stand for a letter and then will be converted to ASCII to text and its not going to spell out SUMMER but the album title. Any thoughts from you guys?

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Jakub says:

April 22, 2013 at 8:52 am

I almost went to Other Music, but that doesn’t matter since when would you even check the BoC section after feeling neglected/teased all these years?


kyle says:

April 22, 2013 at 9:13 am

Even though we’ve all been wanting BOC to just release SOMETHING for years, this is completely genius. A band with a huge following, notorious for mysterious code-driven music, suddenly disappears and for 7 years we are left to remember them by their archived music. Then, suddenly, strange records are being discovered in five different countries, each with a different piece of the puzzle. Only when they are combined will the code be solved. It is up to the lucky five to share what they have found so we can crack it. A hidden message. It is brilliant. They have taken that element from their music and applied it to the viral marketing of their new release. I have never been this excited for anything in music.


Ryland Behrens says:

April 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm

This really is a awesome, yet frustrating way to release a record. These guy’s are so reclusive.


Anonymous says:

April 22, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I think the ASCII theory is a bit too computer geek/techy for BoC. They’re all about nature, analogue and nostalgia. No theory of my own yet though…


Kevin says:

April 23, 2013 at 11:28 am

Been following this obsessively since Saturday. I like the idea that the numbers and forward slashes will end up making a URL.


Chris says:

April 24, 2013 at 7:23 am

i am so excited for this.

if you plot the numbers on an Ordnance Survey map they make an unusual shape very similair to a hexagon near Edinburgh in Scotland where they are from. The farthest east point is also 3.14 in Latitude…


Alzy says:

April 26, 2013 at 12:14 am

Thank God it’s legit, now i can like it and support it without worrying that my taste will make me look foolish…..

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