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April 20th, 2013 marked the 6th annual Record Store Day, a global celebration of independent record stores for which record labels produce special limited edition releases and reissues and distribute them for release on this date. On this date, twitter user @imnopandabear found a mysterious Boards of Canada 12" vinyl in Music, NYC. This vinyl provided one of six messages forming part of a 36-digit key. Following this event, more messages have been broadcast over different media. Despite initial skepticism, the AtalantaFugiens YouTube account (known to be official) updated the annotation on its Julie And Candy live video to briefly show the key format at time 4:19, confirming the legitimacy of the record.

Below the table of contents you can find a detailed flow of events. For a brief summary of the events you can browse the following resources:

Contents


[edit] Key and Message Format

The term key refers to the entire 36-digit code. The term message refers to a broadcast which provides any number of digits from the key. The term message position refers to the position of the message within the key.

It is unclear at this stage whether the key represents a mathematical challenge, or an encrypted ciphertext, or a key for decoding some as-yet-unknown ciphertext. If it is ciphertext or an encryption key, then information theory and Shannon's noisy coding theorem tells us that it is not useful information until the full message and its related key/cipher is known.

[edit] Key Format

The key is 36 digits long and numerical in nature. The message titles suggest that the key follows the format:

----- / ------ / ------ / ------ / ------ / ------

[edit] Message Format

The messages are distributed by 45 second audio sequences following a set format:

  • a shortwave-radio-like noise floor with a numbers station sample being played quietly and noisily throughout.
  • a musical callsign announcing that a message is ready to be played
  • a 6 digit numerical message being read in a distorted, computerised manner

Each message is partnered by a textual 'title' of the following format:

----- / ------ / ------ / XXXXXX / ------ / ------

The 6 digit message is taken to fit into the marked six positions in the title.

  • The XXXXXX pressed on each album cover may have additional significance. X is the 24th letter of the alphabet. Numerically, XXXXXX would be transcribed as 24-24-24-24-24-24. When 2 and 4 are added, the sum is 6. Therefore XXXXXX becomes 666666. Six 6's equals 36, the numerical sequence that is found on each Aquarius release. The sum of all numbers from 1 to 36 is 666.

[edit] Message Distribution

[edit] Vinyl

  • The vinyl is a 12" record in a sleeve bearing the following marking:
BOARDS OF CANADA

------ / ------ / ------ / XXXXXX / ------ / ------

(P) 2013 WARP RECORDS LIMITED (C) 2013 WARP RECORDS LIMITED
  • The message on the vinyl is "936557". According to a store employee, the record was hand-delivered by a Warp Records representative and is one of only 6 in the world.
Just like to share that there are 6 vinyls out there and a few yet to be found! Although all with the same code.

[edit] Vinyl 1

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

  • Two weeks after finding the record that gave the first clue about Boards of Canada's new album, a US student is putting the disc up for auction. Pleading for money to "help me start out on my own", the seller has already attracted drawn bids of $4,000 (£2,500)." [2][3]. Bidding for the record ended unsuccessfully on May 6th, due to non-paying bidders. The record was then sold outside of ebay for $900 then later sold to an anonymous buyer from the UK for $1150 [4]

[edit] Vinyl 2

  • The second identical copy has been found in Rough Trade East shop in London.
  • @RoughTrade tweeted the following:
    • 5:44 AM - 23 Apr 13 "Here's the moment the @RoughTrade East Boards of Canada record was purchased... pic.twitter.com/uQrjfDlxrX"[5]
    • 5:55 AM - 23 Apr 13 "And the lovely customer allowed us to play it once over the @RoughTrade East stereo... pic.twitter.com/uPtnSVTFSl" [6]
  • gabrielconry from WATMM messageboard shared this bit of additional info.[7]
The Rough Trade BoC single was put out on Saturday (Record Store Day) night by Noreen, the manager, who couldn't tell anyone else about it. It was deliberately misfiled under Techno and placed backwards as well. It then had to be removed at some point, as 'somebody' needed to get a photo of the customer buying it (and BoC it up with a blank face), so it was put back into the racks on Tuesday morning, waiting for someone to chance upon it. As they did.

[edit] Vinyl 3

I came in this morning to find a mailer waiting for me in the post and as you will all now know by now it was the Boards of Canada 12″.
You can hear what it had to reveal here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsUS2C3zPns&feature=youtu.be
Much more on its whereabouts and what we will be doing for the album release tomorrow.
There was a yellow post-it sticker on the record saying sell me. It was sold to the first person who came in after it arrived. The barcode is for a “music has the right to children” CD so we sold it for £7.99. I’d actually had a conversation with the young lad who bought it about Warp (after he had bought an Aphex Twin 12″ and then a Grizzly Bear album the next week) about how Warp had kindly done a poster campaign in Edinburgh before Christmas tagging Avalanche so it seemed appropriate.

BOC-sleeve-300x224.jpg

[edit] Vinyl 4

Has not been found yet.

[edit] Vinyl 5

Has not been found yet.

[edit] Vinyl 6

Has not been found yet.

[edit] YouTube

On the 22nd April, the AtalantaFugiens YouTube account again updated the annotations for the "Julie And Candy" live video to briefly flash for 0.1 seconds "ONE GOT FAT" at time 4:20 (Video 1), in reference to the source video for an Everything You Do Is A Balloon fan video (Video 2). Also at this point the Boards of Canada YouTube account updated its top favourite video to "Everything You Do Is A Balloon" fan video. On that fan video, a comment from a YouTube account hellinterface links to the nuevas semillas private video (Video 3) shown below with interesting graphics from little house on the prairie. That private video contains a link to the fourth video (Video 4) shown below in which the new message is played (with digits 717228) and the message position is flashed on screen.

[edit] Video 1

[edit] Video 2

[edit] Video 3

[edit] Video 4


Moebius distilled the following timeframe using the YouTube API. The times are in US CDT.

1/27/2008 21:55:48 OGF fanvideo published by nonameno5
8/23/2011 11:21:14 nuevas semillas video published by tarekeys
4/22/2013 9:31:55 csch video published by hellinterface
4/22/2013 15:57:07 hellinterface posts comment linking to neuvas
4/22/2013 18:05:23 csch video updated
4/22/2013 18:06:54 One Got Fat annotation added to Atalanta video
4/22/2013 19:23:04 OGF fanvideo updated
4/22/2013 19:38:47 nuevas semillas video updated

[edit] Radio

[edit] BBC Radio One

On the evening (GMT) of 23rd April, Zane Lowe played the sixth message of the key on BBC Radio One. Upon consulting the show's playlist on the BBC website, it lists a track by Artist: Unknown, Title: ------ / ------ / ------ / ------ / ------ / XXXXXX. The message was 519225.

[edit] NPR

On the evening (EST) of the same day, NPR played another message on All Songs Considered. This message was 699742. The title is unknown and therefore the message position has not been confirmed, although when future messages are broadcast then this can be deduced.

[edit] Messageboard

The fifth clue was distributed on the early morning (GMT+2) of 26 April, on the Twoism messageboard. To officially confirm this, Boards of Canada's official YouTube channel updated it's top favourite videos to three Twoism fan-videos in The Video Playlist.

[edit] Twoism Video 1

[edit] Twoism Video 2

[edit] Twoism Video 3

[edit] Clue Discovery

The clue was found on Twoism when DaveJ from the Twoism messageboard discovered one of the rotating banners of the forum had changed, as shown below: [11]

The overlay added to the banner shows an image resembling the csch video above. Royce Ausburn found running the unix "strings" command on the gif file returns the following:

GIF89a
csch,hexagon sun,boc,hell interface,boards of canada,music70,boctransmission,hexagonsun,fyt,twoism
http://snd.sc/11W7vpv
http://snd.sc/11W726Q
there is another...
GIF89ai

The first part of the strings links to two Soundcloud uploads called ∑, Greek uppercase Sigma, which means SUM in maths, with album art showing a signal mixer which sums two inputs. By summing the two Soundcloud files he retrieved the clue: 628315

included on the two soundcloud links

AAAA.wav BBBB.wav

The second part of the strings is a second embedded gif containing the message position of the clip, as explained by rdy2bz from the Twoism messageboard.[12]

I'll explain how to get this image:
  • take your hex-editor
  • notice that all gifs are v89a, so they start with the letters "GIF89a"
  • go to the offset where the soundcloud links are hidden
  • notice the "there is another" hint
  • which is followed by a GIF89a and some more binary stuff
  • copy everything beginning from this GIF89a and paste it into a new file
  • voila, the new file is the shown one.

By analysing the ID tags of the WAVE files from Soundcloud (second image above), we find the following interesting information:

AAAA.wav description:
RPP:/Volumes/graphics/Boc Graphics/Record Sleeves/Cosecha Teaser/TH Coseacha Numbers Station Trail/Cosecha Clue 2 for fans/Cosecha Clue 2 for fans.RPP
BBBB.wav description:
RPP:/Volumes/graphics/BoC Graphics/Record Sleeves/Cosecha Teaser/TH Cosacha Numbers Station Trail/Cosecha Clue 2 for fans/Cosecha Clue 2 for fans.RPP

Current speculation is that Cosecha, Spanish for "harvest", is the name of the numbers station project rather than the album. This would give meaning to the video titles "csch" and "new seeds".

[edit] Projection

[edit] London Bay Art Gallery

The following video projection played at the Loading Bay art gallery which is located across the Rough Trade South shop in London. Allegedly it started playing at approximately 20:35 (GMT) the 26th of April 2013. See the Rough Trade Records tweets below which initiated the hint.

[edit] Art Gallery Video Projection

[edit] Art Gallery Audio Clips

These audio clips have been made by people who witnessed this video projection in real time at the event.

[edit] Art Gallery Resources
[edit] Art Gallery Photos

[edit] Twitter

[edit] @RoughTrade

@RoughTrade tweeted the following:

  • 9:22 PM - 26 Apr 13 "Wonder what this is going on opposite Rough Trade East?..." [13]
  • 9:35 PM - 26 Apr 13 "20:35 | #BoC | ?" [14]
  • 10:15 PM - 26 Apr 13 "So, this just happened, outside Rough Trade East. Vid to follow (technology permitting)." [15]
  • 11:13 PM - 26 Apr 13 "This has been showing on a loop outside Rough Trade East for the past hour. Sketchy video c/o our Ellis. http://bit.ly/12viSHR | #BoC" [16]
  • 11:27 PM - 26 Apr 13 "Ok, someone's currently trying to upload elsewhere. FYI, we had NO idea this was happening. This whole operation's being done by mobiles." [17]
  • 11:34 PM - 26 Apr 13 "The #BoC loop from outside Rough Trade East is here >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZXFSngACXo … Thank you @AERTIME!!" [18]
  • 11:42 PM - 26 Apr 13 "He says the sun came out last night. He says it sang to him." [19]
  • 12:55 AM - 27 Apr 13 "FYI, we aren't opening at midnight. Thanks." [20]
[edit] @aeiouer

@aeiouer tweeted the following:

  • 11:03 PM - 26 Apr 13 "I'm here! No audio i can hear. Video's of a desert, very sunny. Only shows the Xs in the code, 1st block [21]
  • 11:11 PM - 26 Apr 13 "Don't think the live stream's gonna happen. Sorry. Just a video on loop, no new numbers" [22]
  • 11:17 PM - 26 Apr 13 "There's sound inside. Can't hear it well at all. Callsign then numbers." [23]
  • 11:23 PM - 26 Apr 13 "NOT ACCURATE: Sounds LIKE 59342_? Recording audio for later" [24]
  • 11:28 PM - 26 Apr 13 "Field recorder goes in the mail box to the building" [25]
  • 11:40 PM - 26 Apr 13 "Think it's safe to say nothing's happening tonight. Busy street on friday night, hard to hear [26]
  • 11:43 PM - 26 Apr 13 "But there are numbers coming from the building" [27]
  • 11:44 PM - 26 Apr 13 "Met three others trying to find out too. Good dudes!" [28]
  • 12:13 AM - 27 Apr 13 "I'm going for a big bloody pint! Will check it out again tomorrow. Bad audio uploaded soon" [29]
  • 12:54 AM - 27 Apr 13 "Looks like I'm going back to where I just came from. Adventure!" [30]
  • 1:09 AM - 27 Apr 13 "Nope! Now where did I put that pint?" [31]
  • 2:30 AM - 27 Apr 13 "Have a listen to the (NPR) code here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6238969/loadingbaycode.wav" [32]
  • 2:33 AM - 27 Apr 13 "If anyone else who was there tonight's seeing this, nice to get to know you!" [33]
  • 2:35 AM - 27 Apr 13 "And shout outs to the policeman who found me with the recorder in the letterbox. Nice guy!" [34]
  • 2:39 AM - 27 Apr 13 "Maybe I'll upload the audio of that. Wasn't sure how to explain what I was doing - went for the Easter egg hunt analogy." [35]
  • 2:41 AM - 27 Apr 13 "Interestingly, the video loop changed towards the end. Showed a csch-style video for a bit." [36]
  • 12:10 PM - 27 Apr 13 "@bocpages Hey! Here's the audio from last night: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/6238969/loadingbaycode.wav …" [37]
[edit] @jackbenzie

jackbenzie tweeted the following:

  • 12:28 AM - 27 Apr 13 "If you're anywhere near Rough Trade on Brick Lane I'm hearing rumours of "doors being opened at 12". Get there quick! #BoC #BoardsofCanada" [38]
  • 12:41 AM - 27 Apr 13 "RT @RoughTrade He says the sun came out last night. He says it sang to him. << Close Encounters?! As in #BoC are there in person?!" [39]
  • 12:46 AM - 27 Apr 13 "If this turns out to be the first live Boards of Canada performance in 12 years, the day before I'm in London, I will lose my fucking shit!" [40]
  • 12:51 AM - 27 Apr 13 "9 more minutes... FUCK! #BoC" [41]

[edit] Television

[edit] Adult Swim

Adult Swim is an American timeshare cable television network bundled with Cartoon Network, airing from 9:00 pm until 6:00 am PT/ET in the United States. The ad below has been aired. This video again confirms 699742 being position 1 in the sequence. It was previously hinted at on NPR and on the Loading Bay art gallery video projection.

Jason Demarco who works for Adult Swim and Toonami (which is an animated programming block on Cartoon Network) tweeted the following:

  • 6:19 AM - 28 Apr 13 "Hm, did @adultswim and #toonami just run a new BOARDS OF CANADA thing?? ...yep, we did. :)" [42]

The Toonami tumblr also made the following cryptic announcement at Fri April 26th, 2013 at 1:37pm [1]:

ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT TOMORROW NIGHT!
April 27th means A new TOM, a new Absolution, and the resurrection of IGPX @2am! We’ve also got a new game review, a special goodie from one of our friends (that’s all the hints you get), AND another special surprise. Tune in at the beginning of the night, and keep ooooon watching!
We love you!
xoxo, The Toonami Crew
Posted: Fri April 26th, 2013 at 1:37pm
Tagged: toonami adult swim igpx

[edit] Neil Krug

@honeybadgerco tweeted the following:

  • 7:45 PM - 28 Apr 13 "Badger Neil Krug Alexander's latest work for Boards of Canada/Warp Records. Oh yeah! http://fb.me/17TuSbSta" [43]

So apparently Neil Krug from Honey Badger created the video which aired on Adult Swim.

He also created this video for "In a Beautiful Place out in the Country":

[edit] Website

[edit] Cosecha-transmisiones

Since the 29th of April all BoC's original websites are pointing towards cosecha-transmisiones.com.

[edit] HTTP response headers

The HTTP response headers for the index.php page at [2] has an unusual entry called "Nuevas-Semillas", containing the following base-64 code:

aHR0cDovL2Qyejczdmg3Y3I3OXJ5LmNsb3VkZnJvbnQubmV0L2Nvc2VjaGEubXAz

[edit] Base-64 Code

Decoding this base-64 code reveals the URL of the MP3 of the clue: http://d2z73vh7cr79ry.cloudfront.net/cosecha.mp3. This mp3 states the code 813386.

[edit] Conclusion

Combining all the codes together, without slashes, is the correct password for the terminal on the site. This leads us to a video which reveals the album's title, Tomorrow's Harvest, and a release date of June 10. [44]

[edit] Album Cover

Tomorrow's Harvest cover.jpg

[edit] Videos

[edit] Album Teaser

[edit] Cosecha Signal One

Boards of Canada posted the following video, titled "Cosecha Signal One", on their official Facebook page.[45]

[edit] Resources and Discussion

[edit] Community Sites

[edit] 2020k

[edit] Twoism

[edit] Reddit

[edit] Others

[edit] In the Media

[edit] BBC

[edit] Clash Music

[edit] Fact Mag

[edit] NME

[edit] NPR

[edit] Pitchfork

[edit] Spin

[edit] Stereogum

[edit] The Guardian

[edit] Vice

[edit] xlr8r

[edit] Audio clips

[edit] Hint 1

------ / ------ / ------ / 936557 / ------ / ------

[edit] Hint 2

------ / ------ / 717228 / ------ / ------ / ------

[edit] Hint 3

------ / ------ / ------ / ------ / ------ / 519225

[edit] Hint 4

699742 / ------ / ------ / ------ / ------ / ------

[edit] Hint 5

------ / 628315 / ------ / ------ / ------ / ------

[edit] Hint 6

------ / ------ / ------ / ------ / 813386 / ------

[edit] References

  1. http://www.twoism.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=189825#189825
  2. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2013/may/01/boards-of-canada-record-auction
  3. http://pitchfork.com/news/50543-boards-of-canada-record-store-day-12-on-ebay/
  4. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Boards-of-Canada-RSD-Promo-Record-XXXXXX-/281100905866
  5. https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/326678063599456257
  6. https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/326680731776581632
  7. http://forum.watmm.com/topic/78556-6-9-9-7-4-2-6-2-8-3-1-5-7-1-7-2-2-8-9-3-6-5-5-7-5-1-9-2-2-5/page-72#entry1992903
  8. http://www.avalancherecords.co.uk/2013/04/30/neutral-milk-hotel-boards-of-canada-and-cake-shop-nyc/
  9. https://twitter.com/avalanche_edin/status/329230746877325312
  10. https://twitter.com/avalanche_edin/status/335140520856788993
  11. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151537095749774&set=a.10150466832334774.385711.75031914773&type=1
  12. http://www.twoism.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=187165#187165
  13. https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/327865170846171136
  14. https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/327868488175714305
  15. https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/327878504286937088
  16. https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/327893290814959616
  17. https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/327896698951188480
  18. https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/327898567962394624
  19. https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/327914374717120512
  20. https://twitter.com/RoughTrade/status/327918853608853504
  21. https://twitter.com/aeiouer/status/327890724987211776
  22. https://twitter.com/aeiouer/status/327892624818188289
  23. https://twitter.com/aeiouer/status/327894261175562241
  24. https://twitter.com/aeiouer/status/327895826619826176
  25. https://twitter.com/aeiouer/status/327897038471720960
  26. https://twitter.com/aeiouer/status/327900130516815872
  27. https://twitter.com/aeiouer/status/327900681266659328
  28. https://twitter.com/aeiouer/status/327900966210924544
  29. https://twitter.com/aeiouer/status/327908413596123139
  30. https://twitter.com/jackbenzie/status/327917971160829952
  31. https://twitter.com/aeiouer/status/327922389247741953
  32. https://twitter.com/aeiouer/status/327942891018268672
  33. https://twitter.com/aeiouer/status/327943551776329730
  34. https://twitter.com/aeiouer/status/327944094653501440
  35. https://twitter.com/aeiouer/status/327945125961555968
  36. https://twitter.com/aeiouer/status/327945510751203328
  37. https://twitter.com/aeiouer/status/328088677567827968
  38. https://twitter.com/jackbenzie/status/327912044336660480
  39. https://twitter.com/jackbenzie/status/327915409095401472
  40. https://twitter.com/jackbenzie/status/327916700324466688
  41. https://twitter.com/jackbenzie/status/327916700324466688
  42. https://twitter.com/Clarknova1/status/328362689913036800
  43. https://twitter.com/honeybadgerco/status/328565718230659073
  44. http://d2z73vh7cr79ry.cloudfront.net/tomorrows_harvest_transmission.mp4
  45. https://www.facebook.com/boardsofcanada/posts/10151430839388927
  46. http://www.twoism.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10582
  47. http://www.twoism.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=191522#191522