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| runtime=5:58 ([[Aquarius]], [[MHTRTC]])<br>6:24 ([[Peel Session]])<br>7:43 ([[Warp10]])
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| runtime=6:10 ([[Aquarius]])<br>5:58 ([[MHTRTC]])<br>6:24 ([[Peel Session]])<br>7:43 ([[Warp10]])
 
| appearson=[[Aquarius]]<br>[[Music has the Right to Children|MHTRTC]]<br>[[Peel Session]]<br>[[Live @ Warp10]]}}   
 
| appearson=[[Aquarius]]<br>[[Music has the Right to Children|MHTRTC]]<br>[[Peel Session]]<br>[[Live @ Warp10]]}}   
  
[[image:Orange.jpg|thumb|left|Screen capture from "Orange" Sesame Street vignette]]
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==Samples/Lyrics==
 
*Aquarius contains a sample from the song of the same name on [http://www.discogs.com/release/702474 Galt MacDermot's 1979 soundtrack] for the film "[[wikipedia:Hair (movie)|Hair]]" (the slap bass riff that's present throughout the Boards of Canada version).
 
*Contains a sample from a sketch in a vintage [[wikipedia:Sesame Street|Sesame Street]] episode (''Orange'').
 
*Contains samples from yet another vintage [[wikipedia:Sesame Street|Sesame Street]] episode (children's laughter and the "yeah, that's right" sample).
 
*At 2:40, [[Aquarius (Version 3)]] from the [[Peel Session]] contains a sample from [Audiotrack 12]]from [[Old Tunes Vol. 1]] side A.<ref>http://www.twoism.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4227</ref>
 
*A sequence of numbers is read by a professional-sounding woman's voice that strongly resembles the voice-over in [[One Very Important Thought]], except that [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speech_synthesizer domain-specific speech synthesis] is used, giving the numbers a robotic quality. The sequence varies:
 
**On [[Music Has the Right to Children]]: ''"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 44, 68, 27, 35, 42, 58, 47, 63, 85, 74, 67, 66, 51, 79, 42, 24, 45, sixty-ten, 6, 7, 56, 65, 44, 53, 44, 17, 13, 23"''
 
**In Version 3, the sequence ends with ''"...42, 24, 45, sixty-ten, 64, 47, 52, 23, 23, 23, 23, 23"''.
 
**On the Aquarius release, the sequence ends with ''"...42, 24, 45, sixty-ten, 6, 7, 56, 65, 44, 53, 44, 67, 42, 55, 86, 20"''.
 
*The same voice that recites the number sequence says ''"Orange"''.
 
*A chorused male voice sings "I'm listening" (Version 3 only)
 
*At 4:40, a synthesized male voice says ''"sixtyten new aquarius"'' (Version 3 only)
 
*A girl's voice saying what is believed to be the phrase ''"for Sandisons"''.
 
  
 
== Comments ==
 
== Comments ==
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"I'm referring to the time in which we live, time in an extraterrestrial sense. I'm refering to the twelve universal months, each  lasting approximately 2,100 years. I'm refering to our coming from the bimillenium of Pisces, which goes from 150 BC to 1950, and which is also the sign of Christ, preceded by the sign of Aries. The era of AQUARIUS began in 1950 and will end in 4050. I'm referring, of course, to a characteristic trait of the sign: AQUARIUS gradually circumscribes the radiating force of the arts inherited in the era of Pisces. So, the artist, deprived now of every individual or public defense, limits his activity to a kind of esoteric expression, and ends up performing in fringe clubs, as a phenomenon intended for the select few."  
 
"I'm referring to the time in which we live, time in an extraterrestrial sense. I'm refering to the twelve universal months, each  lasting approximately 2,100 years. I'm refering to our coming from the bimillenium of Pisces, which goes from 150 BC to 1950, and which is also the sign of Christ, preceded by the sign of Aries. The era of AQUARIUS began in 1950 and will end in 4050. I'm referring, of course, to a characteristic trait of the sign: AQUARIUS gradually circumscribes the radiating force of the arts inherited in the era of Pisces. So, the artist, deprived now of every individual or public defense, limits his activity to a kind of esoteric expression, and ends up performing in fringe clubs, as a phenomenon intended for the select few."  
 
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* [Kaini Industries] points out something in relation to the repetition of the number 23. "[[wikipedia:The Illuminatus! Trilogy|The Illuminatus! Trilogy]]" (authors Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson) abounds in occurrences of the numbers 17 and 23, and might shed some light on this. I'll let readers ponder for themselves why these numbers are important in connection with [[Boards of Canada|BoC]]'s music (and they are - it's obvious when you know what it is). On one of those authors, note the following from the EHX interview:  
* [Kaini Industries] points out something in relation to the repetition of the number 23. "The Illuminatus Trilogy" (authors Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson) abounds in occurrences of the numbers 17 and 23, and might shed some light on this. I'll let readers ponder for themselves why these numbers are important in connection with BoC's music (and they are - it's obvious when you know what it is). On one of those authors, note the following from the EHX interview:  
 
 
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They claim that taking the positive aspect of a product does not always provide food for their thought, but rather the underlying  meaning or cosmetic triviality, "we are interested in everything that we can reinterpret. I don't want to give you list of names, but you know we could be just as easily captivated by a piece of T.V. theme music, or Eighties' pop, for instance. The enlightened parts in our music are relative to the banal or naïve parts". When pushed for particularly prominent players ... "Hundertwasser, Svankmeyer, New Scientist, Robert Anton Wilson, Documentary films and articles, Jamie Nelson, The Archdrude ... we are interested in everything!".
 
They claim that taking the positive aspect of a product does not always provide food for their thought, but rather the underlying  meaning or cosmetic triviality, "we are interested in everything that we can reinterpret. I don't want to give you list of names, but you know we could be just as easily captivated by a piece of T.V. theme music, or Eighties' pop, for instance. The enlightened parts in our music are relative to the banal or naïve parts". When pushed for particularly prominent players ... "Hundertwasser, Svankmeyer, New Scientist, Robert Anton Wilson, Documentary films and articles, Jamie Nelson, The Archdrude ... we are interested in everything!".
 
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*Has appeared in several forms, notably on the ''[[Aquarius_(release)|Aquarius 7" Single]]'' and also on the ''[[Peel Session]]'' recordings. This track also appears on [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:5r65mpck9ffo Hexstatic's 2003 "Solid Steel" mix] for the electronic label [[wikipedia:Ninja Tune|Ninja Tune]].
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*The Sample ''"Orange,"'' when reversed, appears to say ''"Zero."'' It is unclear whether or not this is intentional, due to the numeric nature of the song and the source of the sample.
  
==Cultural References==
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== Samples / Lyrics ==
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* "[[Aquarius (song)|Aquarius]]" contains a sample from the song of the same name on [http://www.discogs.com/release/702474 Galt MacDermot's 1979 soundtrack] for the film "[[wikipedia:Hair (movie)|Hair]]" (the slap bass riff that's present throughout the [[Boards of Canada]] version).<ref>{{#ev:youtube|Cb8luHdpR84|480||||start=36|false}}</ref>
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[[image:Orange.jpg|thumb|right|Screen capture from "Orange" Sesame Street vignette]]
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*Contains a sample from a sketch in a vintage [[wikipedia:Sesame Street|Sesame Street]] episode (''Orange'').<ref>{{#ev:youtube|ZHAtrnbu8ts|480||||start=0|false}}</ref>
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*Contains samples from yet another vintage [[wikipedia:Sesame Street|Sesame Street]] episode (children's laughter<ref>{{#ev:youtube|LjOzmDqoKyM|480||||start=7|false}}</ref> and the "yeah, that's right"<ref>{{#ev:youtube|LjOzmDqoKyM|480||||start=33|false}}</ref> sample).
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*At 2:40, "[[Aquarius (Version 3)]]" from the ''[[Peel Session]]'' contains a sample from [[R35TT A12]] from [[Random 35 Tracks Tape]] side A.<ref>http://www.twoism.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4227</ref>
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*A sequence of numbers is read by a professional-sounding woman's voice that strongly resembles the voice-over in "[[One Very Important Thought]]", except that [[wikipedia:Speech_synthesizer|domain-specific speech synthesis]] is used, giving the numbers a robotic quality. The sequence varies:
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**On ''[[Music Has the Right to Children]]'': ''"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 44, 68, 27, 35, 42, 58, 47, 63, 85, 74, 67, 66, 51, 79, 42, 24, 45, sixty-ten, 6, 7, 56, 65, 44, 53, 44, 17, 13, 23"''
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**In Version 3, the sequence ends with ''"...42, 24, 45, sixty-ten, 64, 47, 52, 23, 23, 23, 23, 23"''.
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**On the Aquarius release, the sequence ends with ''"...42, 24, 45, sixty-ten, 6, 7, 56, 65, 44, 53, 44, 67, 42, 55, 86, 20"''.
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**In all versions of the Aquarius single, the counting sequence begins in order with 1 to 36, then the count goes to random numbers.  The sum of each number from 1 to 36 is 666.
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**When the number 23 is split into the numbers 2 and 3, the product of those two equals 6. When 6 is squared, you get 36.
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**The color Orange has a value of 1.5 in RGB standards. 1.0 Red, 0.5 Green and 0.0 Blue. Orange is repeated 8 times in the sequence giving a total value of 12 to the sum. This gives a total of 66 numbers, the sum of which is 1993 - The year David Koresh died.
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*At the same time as the second "17", a female voice says "You're too old for him"
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*The same voice that recites the number sequence says ''"Orange"''.
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*A chorused male voice sings "I'm listening", sampled from [https://youtu.be/E3x_M7TFtuo?t=55 Blue Aquarius - At The Feet Of The Master]<ref>{{#ev:youtube|E3x_M7TFtuo|480||||start=55|false}}</ref> (Version 3 only)
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*At 4:40, a synthesized male voice says ''"sixtyten new aquarius"'' (Version 3 only)
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*The girl's voice at the end says "We'll sail to the stars." It is a sample from [https://youtu.be/mN3pAZpBTrE Alphaquest: S], another segment from Sesame Street. She takes a submarine into the stars at 1:07.<ref>{{#ev:youtube|mN3pAZpBTrE|480||||start=67|false}}</ref>
  
*One number heard throughout the sequence is sixtyten, a reference to the song of the same name on this album but also the brother's own label, Music70.
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== Trivia ==
*23, another number heard in the sequence (especially in Version 3), is a prominent theme in the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illuminatus_trilogy Illuminatus! Trilogy] by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. "23" occurrs five times at the end of the sequence in Version 3; another major theme in the same book is the "law of fives". The band has cited Robert Anton Wilson as an influence on their work<ref>http://www.solesides.com/winblad/boards%20of%20canada/bocehx.html</ref>, and their music has appeared on the sountrack of ''[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0398191/ Maybe Logic: The Lives And Ideas Of Robert Anton Wilson]''.<ref>http://www.discogs.com/release/645609</ref>
 
  
==Versions==
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*One number heard throughout the sequence is "[[Sixtyten]]", a reference to the song of the same name on this album but also the brothers' own label, Music70.
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*23, another number heard in the sequence (especially in Version 3), is a prominent theme in [[wikipedia:The Illuminatus! Trilogy|The Illuminatus! Trilogy]] by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. "23" occurrs five times at the end of the sequence in Version 3; another major theme in the same book is the "law of fives". The band has cited Robert Anton Wilson as an influence on their work<ref>http://www.solesides.com/winblad/boards%20of%20canada/bocehx.html</ref>, and their music has appeared on the sountrack of ''[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0398191/ Maybe Logic: The Lives And Ideas Of Robert Anton Wilson]''.<ref>http://www.discogs.com/release/645609</ref>
  
*Has appeared in several forms, notably on the [[Aquarius_(release)|Aquarius 7" Single]] and also on the [[Peel Session]] recordings. This track also appears on [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:5r65mpck9ffo Hexstatic's 2003 "Solid Steel" mix] for the electronic label [[wikipedia:Ninja Tune|Ninja Tune]].
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== Videos ==
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{{#ev:youtube|St-mEIhvKOI}}
  
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== External links==
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*A discussion on [[Twoism (forum)|Twoism]]: [http://www.twoism.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=97783 Aquarius Synth Chords]
  
==References==
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== References ==
 
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==External Links==
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[[Category:Released tracks]]
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhbxI5eVnM4 The original ''Aquarius'', from the movie "Hair"]
 
*[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHAtrnbu8ts The Sesame Street vignette which contains the ''Orange'' sample]
 
*[http://youtube.com/watch?v=DylT5LQvVPg&mode=related&search= The Sesame Street vignette with the children's laughter and the "yeah, that's right" vocal heard in Aquarius (heard at roughly 10 seconds into the video)]
 
 
 
 
[[Category:Music Has the Right to Children tracks]]
 
[[Category:Music Has the Right to Children tracks]]
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[[Category:Aquarius tracks]]

Latest revision as of 10:12, 3 August 2019

Aquarius
Running time 6:10 (Aquarius)
5:58 (MHTRTC)
6:24 (Peel Session)
7:43 (Warp10)
Appears on Aquarius
MHTRTC
Peel Session
Live @ Warp10


Comments[edit]

  • From [quiller], from an interview with Karlheinz Stockhausen:

"I'm referring to the time in which we live, time in an extraterrestrial sense. I'm refering to the twelve universal months, each lasting approximately 2,100 years. I'm refering to our coming from the bimillenium of Pisces, which goes from 150 BC to 1950, and which is also the sign of Christ, preceded by the sign of Aries. The era of AQUARIUS began in 1950 and will end in 4050. I'm referring, of course, to a characteristic trait of the sign: AQUARIUS gradually circumscribes the radiating force of the arts inherited in the era of Pisces. So, the artist, deprived now of every individual or public defense, limits his activity to a kind of esoteric expression, and ends up performing in fringe clubs, as a phenomenon intended for the select few."

  • [Kaini Industries] points out something in relation to the repetition of the number 23. "The Illuminatus! Trilogy" (authors Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson) abounds in occurrences of the numbers 17 and 23, and might shed some light on this. I'll let readers ponder for themselves why these numbers are important in connection with BoC's music (and they are - it's obvious when you know what it is). On one of those authors, note the following from the EHX interview:

They claim that taking the positive aspect of a product does not always provide food for their thought, but rather the underlying meaning or cosmetic triviality, "we are interested in everything that we can reinterpret. I don't want to give you list of names, but you know we could be just as easily captivated by a piece of T.V. theme music, or Eighties' pop, for instance. The enlightened parts in our music are relative to the banal or naïve parts". When pushed for particularly prominent players ... "Hundertwasser, Svankmeyer, New Scientist, Robert Anton Wilson, Documentary films and articles, Jamie Nelson, The Archdrude ... we are interested in everything!".

  • Has appeared in several forms, notably on the Aquarius 7" Single and also on the Peel Session recordings. This track also appears on Hexstatic's 2003 "Solid Steel" mix for the electronic label Ninja Tune.
  • The Sample "Orange," when reversed, appears to say "Zero." It is unclear whether or not this is intentional, due to the numeric nature of the song and the source of the sample.

Samples / Lyrics[edit]

Screen capture from "Orange" Sesame Street vignette
  • Contains a sample from a sketch in a vintage Sesame Street episode (Orange).[2]
  • Contains samples from yet another vintage Sesame Street episode (children's laughter[3] and the "yeah, that's right"[4] sample).
  • At 2:40, "Aquarius (Version 3)" from the Peel Session contains a sample from R35TT A12 from Random 35 Tracks Tape side A.[5]
  • A sequence of numbers is read by a professional-sounding woman's voice that strongly resembles the voice-over in "One Very Important Thought", except that domain-specific speech synthesis is used, giving the numbers a robotic quality. The sequence varies:
    • On Music Has the Right to Children: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 44, 68, 27, 35, 42, 58, 47, 63, 85, 74, 67, 66, 51, 79, 42, 24, 45, sixty-ten, 6, 7, 56, 65, 44, 53, 44, 17, 13, 23"
    • In Version 3, the sequence ends with "...42, 24, 45, sixty-ten, 64, 47, 52, 23, 23, 23, 23, 23".
    • On the Aquarius release, the sequence ends with "...42, 24, 45, sixty-ten, 6, 7, 56, 65, 44, 53, 44, 67, 42, 55, 86, 20".
    • In all versions of the Aquarius single, the counting sequence begins in order with 1 to 36, then the count goes to random numbers. The sum of each number from 1 to 36 is 666.
    • When the number 23 is split into the numbers 2 and 3, the product of those two equals 6. When 6 is squared, you get 36.
    • The color Orange has a value of 1.5 in RGB standards. 1.0 Red, 0.5 Green and 0.0 Blue. Orange is repeated 8 times in the sequence giving a total value of 12 to the sum. This gives a total of 66 numbers, the sum of which is 1993 - The year David Koresh died.
  • At the same time as the second "17", a female voice says "You're too old for him"
  • The same voice that recites the number sequence says "Orange".
  • A chorused male voice sings "I'm listening", sampled from Blue Aquarius - At The Feet Of The Master[6] (Version 3 only)
  • At 4:40, a synthesized male voice says "sixtyten new aquarius" (Version 3 only)
  • The girl's voice at the end says "We'll sail to the stars." It is a sample from Alphaquest: S, another segment from Sesame Street. She takes a submarine into the stars at 1:07.[7]

Trivia[edit]

  • One number heard throughout the sequence is "Sixtyten", a reference to the song of the same name on this album but also the brothers' own label, Music70.
  • 23, another number heard in the sequence (especially in Version 3), is a prominent theme in The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. "23" occurrs five times at the end of the sequence in Version 3; another major theme in the same book is the "law of fives". The band has cited Robert Anton Wilson as an influence on their work[8], and their music has appeared on the sountrack of Maybe Logic: The Lives And Ideas Of Robert Anton Wilson.[9]

Videos[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. http://www.twoism.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4227
  2. http://www.solesides.com/winblad/boards%20of%20canada/bocehx.html
  3. http://www.discogs.com/release/645609