Opothecary wrote:You made a good point on WATMM about how some of those releases probably don't exist in the format that they were presented as.
I do think Hooper Bay is real though - the cassette sized artwork dimensions, Noatak (likely) played live, Circle being a more evolved House of Abin'adab, etc. R35TT is basically a curated collection of all that other music predating Hooper Bay.
The biggest thing people have a hard time getting their heads around why none of it has leaked is that everything predating Twoism is a closed loop; those were friends and family releases - if there are 10-20 people who have everything up through Hooper Bay, and 40 people have Maxima/OT, it's not that many more people, but it's no longer a closed loop since in 1996 they were reaching out for a record deal and these were basically demo tapes.
Those theoretical 20 extra people made all the difference because they didn't have the same sense of loyalty to the creators of the music.
That's certainly the case - the Hexagon Sun folks likely to have these are not the types to frequent internet message boards. If they do exist in any form, they are likely loose compilations similar to Maxima or AFOT - if you think about it, it makes perfect sense that any band would self-release and do DIY stuff like this.
The only thing that makes one go "hmmm" is the fact that Boards of Canada wasn't called Boards of Canada until 1995, when Twoism came out, so why are the releases prior to Twoism have "Boards of Canada" on them (or Closes Volume 1, with it's "B.O.C" moniker)?
A quick read of this thread might give fans some insight (Reddit, I know): https://www.reddit.com/r/edmproduction/ ... tion_from/
Fair enough if the band wanted (since they have removed them from their official discography) to present an accurate version of their (current) band's history, but unfortunately these prior releases were presented as such, and as fans, we cannot help but talk and speculate about them.
Oh, and for folks asking about better quality copies, etc. - honestly the Maxima tape sounds about as good as you would expect a home-grown C90 would. You're not getting anything near CD quality, and the existing rips (sans any mastering efforts by fans) are as good as it gets.
The band would be doing themselves and the fans a huge service by releasing these mythical releases as a SoundCloud dump (aka Richard James/µ-Ziq stylee), or kindly ask the folks at WARP/Bleep to set up a Bleeptstore and let the fans who are curious about these to enjoy them. For the band, it would (hopefully) put to rest any irritations surrounding these releases I am sure they have had to deal with from time to time (maybe not).
Of course, nothing is ever that simple, and there might be rights/licensing issues involved with those early releases, but surely some of it is applicable.
Also, we do need to be respectful of the fact that this is their art, and they have final say as to what happens to it. Just a shame fans of the band would probably at the very least like to be able to hear the early influences in their work, and support them if offered for sale.
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