Boards of Canada: Classic or Dud?

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Sometimes they sound to me like bland chillout or pasticheurs of 70s Radiophonic music; sometimes they sound too beautiful for words, the music of my dreams. I'm not sure exactly how highly I'd rate them, though. Any thoughts?

R "P" C, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

One of my oldest friends became furious when I politely disagreed with him that "Music Has the Right to Children" was the best album of all time. He gave me a condescending fifteen minute lecture on how BoC was where "all art should be focusing at the moment." He smokes a lot of weed.

As for myself, I like MHTRTC. It's background music, but it's lovely background music all the same. My only consistent complaint with BoC is how analog and cheesy they occasionaly get. Like the last two tracks of the new ep. But at the same time "Bishop Amo Roden" redeems the whole thing. So...a "Classic", with reservations. But still not "where all art should be focusing at the moment."

Toby, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Thoughts? Not if you're playing Boards (or Sigur Ros). Even before the needle hits the record, I fall asleep. Boooooring.

Stevie Nixed, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Toby is, erm, on the money.

BoC are at their most interesting to me when they move away from the two formulae I mentioned at the start of this thread. "Chinook", "Rodox Video", "June 9th", "Skipping Stones, "Red Moss" are all excellent - I think BoC Maxima is their best album; too much of MHTRTC is overtly unobtrusive and quiet as you say. Also, "M9", which makes all Parr comparisons redundant.

When they go "analog and cheesy" it's curiously endearing because I really don't like what they're copying at all - I like "Iced Cooly" better than any Roger Limb track I've ever heard. There's something in that faded-brown-to-gold process, I think.

R "P" C, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

First half of "music has the right..." : DUD Second half of "music has the right..." : minor classic, with incredible moments like ROYGBIV. Anyway, Plone does the ROYGBIV thing better than BoC I think...

fernando, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

why are the british so uncomfortable using the phrase "on the money"?

fred solinger, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

because they have the monarchy on their money and don't want to be disrespectful.

boards of canada are really good. i'd say classic, for distilling the one ambient track that's on every idm album and basing a career around it. that's usually the best song anyway.

ethan, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Fernando: I would have agreed with you once about Plone, but now their scope and quality of output sounds quite limited compared to BoC. I must have had a sweeter tooth in 1999 than I do now; how else could I have waved through the likes of "Simple Song", "Marbles", "Bibi Plone" and "Be Rude To Your School" so uncritically? There's a difference between sounding childlike and sounding downright babyish, you know; Plone are at their best on the "Busy Working" / "Greek Alphabet" / "Press A Key" suite of melancholia and reclusiveness.

Fred: I'm not embarrassed with the phrase "on the money", it's just that the Pinefox has turned it into something of a cliche round here and made it hard to use without a moment's tongue in cheek.

R "P" C, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

The more such remarks you make about Britain, Ethan, the less I believe you acknowledge that hip-hop exists here.

R "P" C, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Fucking classic. I think the people who consider them only "background music" must have pretty narrowly prescribed ideas about what foreground music is. I could listen to some of these beats for years, just sitting intently in front of my stereo at full volume.

Josh, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Absolute classic. I agree with the above post - it's not background music at all. I've had the album for ages now but i was listening to it with headphones on and i heard so many new things on tracks like Telephasic Workshop etc. It was like a totally new record. I like Plone too but i wouldn't compare them. Plone are very kitsch and cheesy but in an acceptably tongue-in-cheek way. I don't understand why people find the Boards cheesy though. The analogue sounds make a refreshing change to all the Autechre, V/VM and Richard Devine digital sounds going about today. BoC are the new Orb

dog latin, Monday, 7 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

It may be just my weak grasp of English, but does the sentence "music has the right to children" mean anything ? If not, then Dud for the most annoying album title ever.

Patrick, Tuesday, 8 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I can't draw a parse-tree in this text box, but rest assured that the title does indeed mean something. Namely, that just as people are endowed with the universal right to procreate, so to is music. Further, the implication seems to be that Boards position themselves as the "children" of music -- i.e. the new generation.

Sterling Clover, Tuesday, 8 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Ah, that makes sense. Thanks, Sterling. It's still a really annoying title though.

Patrick, Tuesday, 8 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

No it's a beautiful title for a classic album. Bit early though to subject them to C&D innit? Should have waited for the follow-up album (does anyone know when it's out?). Gotta agree with the "this-not- background" section, it's aural dreamstuff, regression therapy for 70s kids or religious music if you believe in the souls of machines. Okay, so it's Classic.

Omar, Tuesday, 8 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

classic. ish.

'music has the right' took a while for me to love. much of it is classic but there are some boring parts. roygbiv is, of course, the highlight.

the best thing though is probably happy cycling on the peel session (is this on the US version of 'music has...'?)

i disagree about plone though, fernando. i think plone work when they are overly twee and fisher-price like, but too often (on the patchy album) they try and sound darker, or more ambivalent, or go the cod- morricone way, and it doesn't work.

Boc have done some beautiful songs (the last single was wonderful too), and i think its a bit of a shame that they often get categorised as 'smokers music' (which is pretty harsh criticism)

gareth, Tuesday, 8 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Classic, beautiful etc. But forgodsake, Dog Latin, NOT the 'new Orb'. There's something so disappointing about The Orb - a sense of good ideas wasted because they couldn't be arsed. IMHO of course.

Dr. C, Tuesday, 8 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Whether or not you buy the album as a whole there's no denying how emotionally engaging it is for 'electronica', or how evocative of times and spaces. Whereas other Hard-Drive output fails, BOC succeed in conveying the sensation of presence (being somewhere/sometime) without resorting to the specifics. We don't even know where the sentiments are taking us, to a distant past, memories, regrets; or is it a muted anxiety about the future we haven't arrived at yet. For me the originality comes from their evocation of rural spaces, but this is not soley due to their analogue set-ups or hazy samples. They really express what it's like to be out doors through a love of the countryside, it's some of the only music I know that can compliment nature and fill the sky. So if you think it's background, fine but maybe you've not sat in a field for long enough. I formed my own opinions and loved it like nothing else for months before the Hype came down and everyone started scratching their chins, so for me, a classic, though it's not fair to assess them now. Personally I doubt they have anything else to say, the other non- album material (Happy Cycling excepted) confirms this, and their music doesn't deviate from it's singular trajectory, suggesting that perhaps they spent the whole of their lives until MHTRTC defining this sound. Surely they deserve Classic status for dabbling in nostalgia without an ironic excuse

K-reg, Tuesday, 8 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

If anyone wants more from this field - try Global Goon - Cradle of History. Edit according to taste.

K-reg, Tuesday, 8 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Glad to see the positive responses. I think I love BoC now with only a few hesitations (some of the weaker and more background-ish tracks on MHTRTC; I think most of their finest work is actually on BoC Maxima).

I'd have agreed with you about Plone once, Gareth, but now I find those tracks *unlistenably* twee; I can't get more than a minute into "Marbles" without choking, and don't get me started on "Bibi Plone". Conversely, "Busy Working", "The Greek Alphabet" and "Top And Low Rent" sound better to me than they ever did.

K-reg hits the nail on the head, as often, I think.

Robin Carmody, Tuesday, 8 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

yes, he does. he's right about the global goon album too

gareth, Wednesday, 9 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I think I should note that I've lived around fucking farm country all my life and I never make rural associations with MHTRTC. Is it a British thing?

Josh, Wednesday, 9 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Yeah Josh, but I think it's more specifically a *vaguely nostalgic* British thing.

Vespucci, Wednesday, 9 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I don't know why no one has mentioned the Hi Scores EP, which I got before hearing MHTRTC, and still prefer. I find the melodies stronger, and it meanders less...plus it's got my 'everything you do is a balloon' imo a great song, not to mention seeya later with that wonderful bassline

elliot

elliot, Saturday, 12 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I'm surprised that they always seem to be regarded as being highly influential -- I like 'em, but they seem pretty derivative of early 90s electronica/ambient. MHTRTTC came out 1998 and didn't exactly break any new ground.

Johnathan, Sunday, 13 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

josh. i think of boc related ruralness as in woods and stuff rather than agricultural landscape. also think of the edges of medium size towns. but very brit specific. in fact england specific (which is odd with them beig scots).

a more relevant connection for boards of canada is martin parr's boring postcards. which comes back to the nostalgia for innocence thing too

gareth, Monday, 14 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Wondered how long it was going to be ...

What better comparison point for a band who call a track "M9"?

Robin Carmody, Monday, 14 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
Anyone know anywhere on the web I can view/download BOC videos/visual materials?

Mitch Lastnamewithheld, Saturday, 8 September 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

At Hexagon Sun's website, which is presently in the works.

Boards of Canada are many, many light-years ahead of their time. Their product itself is forward-sounding in the present, but their craft is decades ahead. Early forms of electronic music showed us that you can use the most basic, mathematical elements of music to actually listen to what algorithms and formulae sound like. 45 years later, BoC have shown us how a logarithm or the golden mean can sound as beautiful and as aurally pleasing as they are intensely fascinating.

With BoC, electronic music is moved firmly out of the urban environment which spawned it and into a world where synthesizers coexist with hundred-year-old willow trees. Occasionally, the music dives into suburbia to pick up the soccer children, but it takes them out to the fields instead of to Hot Topic. Along the way, we get to see glimpses of genuine, hypothetical implementations of that which once embodied the suburban existance--interpersonal unity and a wide-eyed observation of the surrounding world.

I hope that what I'm saying sounds a bit emotional, because there is no other way to describe Boards of Canada. Not only are they a 'classic,' but they are a clear indication of a majour path which portions of electronic music are already beginning to undertake. People who judge them based solely on their aural aesthetic may be missing the point now, but I feel confident that, in the future, the progression of time will reveal them for what they truly are.

matthew m., Sunday, 9 September 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

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and into a world where synthesizers coexist with hundred-year-old willow trees.

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love this. Also the term 'soccer children' = beautiful, somehow very BoC. Ah well, that used to be me ;)

Omar, Sunday, 9 September 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Agree with alot of what you're saying Matthew. The pastoral aspect seems very undervalued in their work. Although they sound nothing like them,I'm always reminded of the Incredible String Band when I listen to them. It could be the beards of course though.

Billy Dods, Sunday, 9 September 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Oh yes Omar. It's an evocative phrase. And how. Sounds better than "advert children" which I was playing with a while ago.

Since one of my earlier threads seems to have been resuscitated, I'll just add that I probably rate BoC higher in terms of *magic realism* than I ever have. I can sort of see where Billy's coming from with the ISB comparison, as well: if you're looking for the halfway point, Bill, I'm waiting with a C90 of "The Fourth Dimension" ...

Robin Carmody, Sunday, 9 September 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

_Music Has A Right To Children_ is an album that grows in magnitude the more I hear it. It's an astounding piece of work, mixing repetition with warmth, emotions pinned firmly to to senquencer pads.

Dan Perry, Wednesday, 12 September 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
This summer I inherited a huge batch of CDs (many of them which could be classed as electronica) from a former friend I was communicating with again during his last few months. This CD was in that batch. Despite the intriguing name, title, and graphic design, I consider it a dud, though I did give it a few listens before consigning it to the discard pile. (As I've said elsewhere though, this is a genre that I rarely like.)

DeRayMi, Monday, 5 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Reevaluate?

Mary (Mary), Thursday, 21 August 2003 01:57 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

is that a command?

strongo hulkington (dubplatestyle), Thursday, 21 August 2003 02:02 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

no that would be RE-EVALUATE!!

electric sound of jim (electricsound), Thursday, 21 August 2003 02:24 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

http://www.bilderberg.org/chpsyco.jpg

The 70's BBC children's television series, The Changes, is an
indisputable influence for MHTRC. Robin Carmody is well aware. His BBC Radiophonic Workshop essay is outstanding.

IABP and Geogaddi are minor shifts in the BoC sound. The whole David Koresh theme is creepy, but I love it.

I say they're ace, hands-down, CLASSIC. They make beautiful textures, tones, and melodies with very few synths and outdated samplers and that is no simple feat!

Any ILXors ever been to the Pentland Hills area or met the BoC or any of the music70 collective?

Cub, Thursday, 21 August 2003 04:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

pentlands, yeah.

RJG (RJG), Thursday, 21 August 2003 04:32 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Twoism = Good Idea
Hi Scores = Great Execution
Music Has the Right to Children = Classic
Geogaddi = A Step Back; loss of innocence?

Boards of Canada = Near Classic; depends on what they do next.

christoff (christoff), Thursday, 21 August 2003 15:54 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I find the early material too simple and lacking the gauzy warped projector feel that MHTRTC has, I thought IABPBTC was very weak (only listened to it 3 times), haven't heard Geodaddi enough to comment...

re: the "british sound" as mentioned above: stirmonster (v. occasional glaswegan ILM poster) once mentioned elsewhere [heavy paraphrase ahead] that he found the prettiness of BoC's music a sharp contrast to the dreadful starkness of the north coast of scotland.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 21 August 2003 16:14 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

roy g biv sounds better when ine kamoze sings the hotstepper over it
*ducks*

frenchbloke (frenchbloke), Thursday, 21 August 2003 16:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I've been to the pentlands, they're rubbish.

Not in the north of Scotland though, just next to Edinburgh. The Pale Saints recorded some of their records near there.

Keith Watson (kmw), Thursday, 21 August 2003 16:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

ah okay, my horrible paraphrase caveat stands.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 21 August 2003 17:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

look how polite everyone is upthread! i swear, it's that george bush setting the tone of ilx discussion recently.

anyhow, classic, "geogaddi" included.

amateurist (amateurist), Thursday, 21 August 2003 17:55 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
so, what about now?

in some ways i think much of their back catalogue is a bit tainted by the beats. as in, they seem unnecessarily leaden. they certainly date the records to a particular time period (its less apparent on geogaddi i guess). i like pretty much everything still, but the beats detract for me, or, at least, are the worst parts of most of their stuff

charltonlido (gareth), Sunday, 10 April 2005 09:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

they should do 8 more remixes, and then release a remix album.

jermaine (jnoble), Sunday, 10 April 2005 09:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'm looking forward to a new one but they may have left it a bit long between releases for people to put up with yet more of their schtick (a lovely schtick as it is). They could do with going for a new but not totally new sound/angle if you see what I mean.

dog latin (dog latin), Sunday, 10 April 2005 10:27 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Can't disagree charltonlido, but then again it was never the BoC's beats that did it for me, more their exquisite off-kilter melodies. They still sound strong.

stevo (stevo), Sunday, 10 April 2005 10:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I had a brainwave that Geogaddi might sync up with the movie The Wicker Man. And it did for the first few scenes - very nicely too!

dog latin (dog latin), Sunday, 10 April 2005 10:43 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

there will be some professor of Appreciating music in a Casual Way, phd that knows how to express their casual appreciation in a way that cannot be responded to on the same level

oh GOD i hope that's not how i come off

;_;

the late great, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 05:26 (one year ago) Permalink

great post Karl

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 05:31 (one year ago) Permalink

no no no no

i'm a few martinis deep and i only skipped to the last few posts and read them before weighing in, because that's definitely the way a good ilxor operates

sorry, i really didn't mean anything at all about anything. i just saw something that i identified with (not being an expert on something but still feeling passionate about it) and was trying to sympathize in a really weird way

don't worry, i don't know if you're a dr, but you're not a dr of appreciating music in a Casual Way in the way that i described! haha

who wants a martini, basically

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 05:31 (one year ago) Permalink

i'll drink to that

the late great, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 05:32 (one year ago) Permalink

bong hits in dog latin's honor

the late great, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 05:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Remembering the names of my records is tough enough don't make me have to worry about genres too! This sounds like an attack on reverie by the forces of bureaucracy

saer, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 05:33 (one year ago) Permalink

*falls down the stairs*

boards of canada!

orange

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 05:33 (one year ago) Permalink

all are guilty

my friend criticised me over the weekend because i said a lobster theremin record wasn't electro because it wasn't 130+ bpm

the late great, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 05:35 (one year ago) Permalink

tbf to myself the claps were on 1 and 3

the late great, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 05:36 (one year ago) Permalink

i try to be open to new things but i will never be open to downbeats on 1 and 3, come on

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 05:37 (one year ago) Permalink

cheers Karl

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 05:42 (one year ago) Permalink

i'm pouring one out for you all, and by that i mean drinking it

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 05:50 (one year ago) Permalink

i try to be open to new things but i will never be open to downbeats on 1 and 3, come on

i meant backbeats! aw jeez

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 05:52 (one year ago) Permalink

now i've lost all credibility

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 05:52 (one year ago) Permalink

you're sunk

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 05:57 (one year ago) Permalink

boc remixes rule

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKZxR6PpZJo

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 06:01 (one year ago) Permalink

i'm just listening to their midas touch remix

the late great, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 06:05 (one year ago) Permalink

you know what, fuck it, i'm doubling down. i will never be open to downbeats on 1 and 3. yeah i said it

mhtrtc: after the sunset
iabpoitc: rafting and foosballing down the river outside of time
g: nighttime, a car, slows, circles the campground, and drives off. maybe the park ranger
ch: getting the gear together and riding the bus up to the take off point
th: hangover drive home

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 06:06 (one year ago) Permalink

lol

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 06:07 (one year ago) Permalink

they salvaged that nevermen remix

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 06:08 (one year ago) Permalink

Maybe instead of calling it IDM we should call it "Chairgroove" or something like "Algorythmic Dance Music".

It's kind of a useless term because the original wave of artists changed a lot between ambient, breakdance, downtempo, noise sometimes even in the same record and they range from cyberpunk to pastoralism in their aesthetics. I don't see how AFX and BOC should be piled in the same collective.

That said if someone tries to describe me what the "IDM" sounds like I thinl of a spacey pad, a beat with fast transients that doesn't fit into the standard rhythmic pattern of other established electronic genres, and possibly an acid influenced synth line.

dance cum rituals (Moka), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 06:10 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah and Plaid are also out on their own as well. Good post Moka

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 22 August 2017 06:11 (one year ago) Permalink

man i was just kidding afaik there is no music w/ claps on 1 and 3

the late great, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 06:17 (one year ago) Permalink

whatever man, whatever

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 22 August 2017 06:28 (one year ago) Permalink

i rather like chairgroove

but i feel like i killed an important conversation here

dog latin (and other people) i would like to know your thoughts

the late great, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 15:45 (one year ago) Permalink

I try and keep these ephemeral flights of fancy contained in one or two threads but this now like feels a suitable temporary home for this waywardly optimistic charmer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jNyqIWm_Dg

saer, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 16:33 (one year ago) Permalink

A+

the late great, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 16:39 (one year ago) Permalink

I believe in Braindance?

braunld (Lowell N. Behold'n), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 19:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Holy shizz is that your work saer? Do you Bandcamp? It's WONDERFUL.

attention vampire (MatthewK), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 22:00 (one year ago) Permalink

"Chairgroove" made me laugh out loud

frogbs, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 22:02 (one year ago) Permalink

i associate braindance w/ a specific sound: aphex, ovuca, global goon, etc

drill and bass w/ floaty, fuzzy, wistful pads

the late great, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 22:08 (one year ago) Permalink

it is a good word though

the late great, Wednesday, 23 August 2017 22:08 (one year ago) Permalink

seat-ronica

Shat Parp (dog latin), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 23:06 (one year ago) Permalink

sofa'n'bass

Shat Parp (dog latin), Wednesday, 23 August 2017 23:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Holy shizz is that your work saer? Do you Bandcamp? It's WONDERFUL.

― attention vampire (MatthewK),

Its not one of mine, its by Lizz. Don't think this gone is going to be released though.There are a couple more Lizz track on the bobbins of 2017 thread

saer, Thursday, 24 August 2017 04:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Thanks for informing my ignorance - one to check out thanks.

attention vampire (MatthewK), Thursday, 24 August 2017 07:18 (one year ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

Simon Reynolds on the 20th anniversary of Music has the Right to Children...

https://pitchfork.com/features/article/why-boards-of-canadas-music-has-the-right-to-children-is-the-greatest-psychedelic-album-of-the-90s/

the article don, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 18:44 (five months ago) Permalink

I think that was discussed on some other thread a few months ago when it was published

Karl Malone, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 18:45 (five months ago) Permalink

(Was 3 months ago but someone retweeted so came up in my timeline). Good read

the article don, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 18:45 (five months ago) Permalink

missed that initially so thanks for sharing

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:38 (five months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Sounds like early them (and this is a series by artists not revealing who they are, it might well be some old track of theirs) : https://touched.bandcamp.com/track/november-air

StanM, Sunday, 2 December 2018 12:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i must catch up with those Touched comps (although all the anon stuff makes maintaining a digital collection difficult)

meanwhile, what is this? a new trendy compilation with a lot of Boards and other warp artists?

Boards of Canada - Dayvan Cowboy
Boards of Canada - Peacock Tail
Bibio - The First Daffodils
Jon Hopkins - Singularity
Four Tet - Peace for Earth
Boards of Canada - Corsair
Jon Hopkins - The Wider Sun
Four Tet - Memories
Max Richter - Shadow Journal
Stars of the Lid - Requiem For Dying Mothers (Part 1)
Orbital - Dwr Budur
Clark - Petroleum Tinged
Pete Fowler - Barred Growl
Boards of Canada - Ready Lets Go
Air - Alone in Kyoto
Chilly Gonzales - Carnivalse
Richard James - Space Instrumental
Slowdive - Falling Ashes
Philip Glass - String Quartet no 2 "Company", last movement
Max Richter - Cd2 01 A Catalogue of Afternoons
Black Sabbath - Orchid
Beck - Cycle
Aphex Twin - Jynweythek
Four Tet - Alap
Boards of Canada - Uritual
Stars of the Lid - Broken Harbors (Part 3)
Cliff Martinez - On The Beach
Cliff Martinez - They Broke His Pelvis
Richard David James - Selected Ambient Works Volume 2 - Untitled 12
Plaid - Do Matter
Jon Hopkins - Emerald Rush
Daft Punk - Solar Sailer

(no, it's an episode of BBC4's Hidden Wales - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bsrhh2 lots of these clips are tiny, a few seconds, and low in the mix.)

koogs, Sunday, 2 December 2018 12:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

jeez, that's either a boards of canada song or somebody took advantage of their anonymity to do the most on-the-nose boards of canada rip ever

dub pilates (rushomancy), Sunday, 2 December 2018 14:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I was watching that programme about Wales and was really amused at how much of my record collection kept turning up in it

Bound 4 da Remoan (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 2 December 2018 14:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That track, someone on Reddit claims it sounds more like Tycho than it does BoC (so... Tycho probably sounds a lot like early BoC)

StanM, Sunday, 2 December 2018 18:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Something about the filter in the drums sounds kind of generic for them, and the vinyl crackle effect also doesn't seem like something they'd do. But maybe that's why it wasn't released under their name. 50p on it being a very well done pastiche.

Wegmüller Fruit Corner (Noel Emits), Sunday, 2 December 2018 18:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the stuff it's being compared to - tycho, the twoism mailing list comps - they don't sound as much like boc to me as this does. certainly as many fakes as boc fans have heard i'd be inclined to go under the assumption that anything that sounds like boc isn't. all i can say is that it sounds like boc circa "music has the right to children" and it's a great listen.

dub pilates (rushomancy), Sunday, 2 December 2018 18:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

ROYGBIV now reminds me as much of the time and place I first heard MHTRTC as it does some indistinct moment in 1976.

Wegmüller Fruit Corner (Noel Emits), Monday, 3 December 2018 12:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I live in California and the fact that the smell of campfire smoke now has a sinister undertone is the most Boards of Canada thing ever. Tomorrow's Harvest indeed.

Uhura Mazda (lukas), Sunday, 9 December 2018 02:23 (one week ago) Permalink


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