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White Cyclosa

White Cyclosa
Running time 3:13
Appears on Tomorrow's Harvest


  • There seems to be a direct connection with White Cyclosa and the ending of the 1982 animated film The Plague Dogs - as if Boards of Canada wrote the track as an alternative score for this segment of the film. This is most apparent as the helicopter in pursuit of the two dogs flies directly overhead (synchronising flawlessly with the helicopter sample in the track's intro). The finding is illustrated below in a YouTube video uploaded by KensDreaming.

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  • The sound of a large helicopter's blades whirring plays throughout most of the track.


  • Cyclosa is a genus of spider which create webs with linear decorations and which heavily incorporate the remains of their prey and other debris, likely serving to camouflage them. The species Cyclosa tremula is black and white colored and crafts decoys from the remains of its prey, which it imitates by vibrating its body to appear grey when disturbed. Another species, Cyclosa argenteoalba, may become infected with the parasitic larva of the wasp Reclinervellus nielseni, which forces the spider to build a web before eating the spider and using the web to complete its metamorphosis. The name of the genus, Cyclosa, is derived from the Greek "to move in a circle." While most orb-web spiders face downwards in their web, some (including argentoalba) face upwards.[1]


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