Thatch wrote:I don't think it was the "Bocset" from the early/mid 00s, otherwise it wouldn't have been ripped from a cassette tape. Also, some of the transitions sound homemade. I think it must be from the mid 90s.
Fair point about it being a cassette rip, but R35TT has music from the geogaddi era (If The Smallest Weird Number was even recorded in 2001). So the tape could be as old as 2001/2 perhaps.
If we were to humor the idea that the contents of R35TT consist of the Pre-Twoism albums' material AND that the brothers even made R35TT in the first place, my only guess as to the meaning behind R35TT is that it might have been a 90s-version of the Bocset from before the days of MDG being 'in the know' about it. For all we know, BoC could have been kicking the idea of a Bocset in some form or another for many years already by the time the first interviews mentioning it came about.
TSWM is almost certainly just simply an old song. Geogaddi & MHRTC are both compilations of a certain style+era of their material in some sense, and multiple tracks either sound old (Triangles or I Saw Drones) or are provably at least a LITTLE bit older (anything non-exclusive off Maxima / Color of the Fire). The fact that R35TT contains no material that sounds more advanced than maybe Twoism era makes it more likely to me that it was compiled around Twoism era.
Why must it be seen as the "bocset"? It's not meant to be a collection of rare tracks they did in the 90's, it's just a mix of their music (whether by them or someone who somehow had access to the music, like a HS member). They, like many artists, almost certainly had many, many mixes of their music back in the day, just like AFOT, OTV2, Maxima, or Remii Vol. 1 (& I struggle to believe that's it). R35TT is mostly likely not special, and just happened to be the one leaked -- it's not clouded in obscurity because it's particularly weird, but by nature.