You Could Feel the Sky
|You Could Feel the Sky|
- At approximately 2:10, a back-masked voice is heard repeating what has been variously interpreted as a "god with horns" or a "god with hooves" to the sound of a crackling fire and a distant church bell. This becomes even more apparent when the extract is slowed down. While this has been interpreted by some as a satanic reference, it is notable that this could in fact be a reference to Wicca, a neo-pagan religion descended from ancient Celtic polytheistic beliefs. As stated in Wikipedia:
"It is commonly understood that most Wiccans worship two deities: the Goddess, often associated with
Gaea or Mother Earth, and her consort the God (sometimes known as the Horned God). These two deities
are usually thought of as equal complements to each other, and together represent all aspects of the
universe" (from wikipedia).
Another possibility is reference to the Greek god of nature, Pan. A satyr, Pan has both hooves and horns, and nature is a recurring theme throughout the music of the Boards of Canada.
- [Roger B] suggests: 4:08 - looped voice saying "to land" or "too late".
- For that last "looped voice" part, [Hilary F] suggests "take my hand", which was my initial impression as well. On , the same sample appears in the scene "seven forty seven". If you fly up to a suitable "pillar" you'll hear it a bit more clearly on its own.
- [Snitz] It is possible that the source of some samples during the section with the backmasked voice (the "fire", the "screams", and the chuch bells) is the film "Mirror" by Andrei Tarkovsky. View this video  for the samples. The "fire" is in the first of the three scenes, and the "screams" (which they are not in the film, but rather whispers of wind) and the bells can be heard in the second of the three scenes, which starts at 2:20 in the linked video.
 Cultural References
Many other works, in music as well as other media, feature the Horned God. Some notable examples are:
- The music of Coil.
- The Sláine series of comics/graphic novels.
- (speculation) The bell tower with the song reversed and -66.6% sounds similar to This Heat's Hi Baku Shyo (1980, ~2:22) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8ztxKXnqwI, which might place the sentiments of the witch screams+fire (burning at the stake) with the "feeling of the sky" that comes from burning radiation in Hiroshima+Nagasaki.
- [BIBIO] has made very perceptive observations on this track, and some others:
- If you take the section of You Could Feel the Sky where the reversed speech "a god with horns" occurs, and reverse it, then the reversed section of track (normal speed) contains crackling fire sounds, as though some sinister ritual is taking place. However, slow down the reversed section by a factor of 3, and new and disturbing details will become apparent. The sibilant S at end of "horns" is resolved as a woman's screams, and a tolling church bell can be heard in the background. (This has been confirmed - try it yourself if you can). [BIBIO] observes that the acoustics might be those of a forest.
- On colours: [BIBIO] notes that the "yellow" in Alpha And Omega seems to repeat continuously at a lower volume; that Music Is Math has a faint voice which could be saying "purple", and that playing the end section at half-speed results in what sounds like "red" being repeated. With the "orange" in Aquarius, they might be trying to cover the range of rainbow colours.
- Repeated allusions to flying (in this and other albums): an aeroplane drone in an eagle in your mind; corsair as a type of plane; comments about going to high altitudes for inspiration; Kid For Today possibly containing a looped aeroplane drone throughout the track; an interview picture of BoC in an airfield with planes ("the secret life of Boards of Canada photo). Also the interactive scenes on the BoC website: the introductory scene is of aeroplane contrails, and many of the other interactive scenes are flight simulators. Chinook is a kind of helicopter, among other things.
- [SapaInca] thinks that "a God with Horns" rather then refering to the devil could refer to the Wiccan God. He found that whilst searching Wikipedia about Shamanic rituals and such: "It is commonly understood that Wiccans worship two deities, the Goddess and the God sometimes known as the Horned God". There's some more text about that "Horned God" on Wikipedia  and information about Wicca .
- [Leo B] pointed out that the second occurrence of the phrase is at 2:16 in the track. 216 = 6×6×6. Given all the other references of this kind (such as the album length of 66'06" (666), it is at least plausible that this is no coincidence). However, see below on whether the time IS 66'06".
- From the Spanish language Mondosonoro interview (see the links page), which BoC say that they were really pleased with the beat in this track, which sounds like a taut tope being pulled across the hull of a wooden ship.
- [Wikao] notes the sound heard immediately as the track begins may be that of cork being harvested.