If so, then I've got the compilation for you!
With "BoC Apocrypha", I tried to compile examples from just about every era of BoC fakes out there. From the old days of Limewire and Soulseek to the current hoaxes that end up on Youtube, it's all here. I even wrote up some detailed liner notes that explain where they came from and who actually made them and whatnot!
They sound even less believable back-to-back than they do on their own. Some of these tracks are even up to 18 years old as of me writing this, they're old enough to buy cigarettes! Hopefully this should put an end to people trying to pass these off as legitimate compositions from the Sandison brothers, or at least give the people a good idea of what to look out for if they decided to hunt down actual unreleased tracks.
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1. Eno Test
5. Lavender Trapezoids
6. "Growing Hand"
8. High Tide '77
9. "Focus On The Spiral"
11. "Numerator Original" (w/ Butter Beard)
12. "Found The Way"
16. "Remmy Kid"
17. Rain Bird
18. "Nothing Is Real Demo"
19. Birthday Tape
21. Helios Sound?
23. Focus On The Spiral?
24. Magic Timeline
25. LV Nuova
26. Research and Development
27. All Rise
28. "Seward Leaf (excerpt)"
29. "Circle (excerpt)"
30. "Hell Interface - How Will I Know?"
Slightly more lengthy description from the included liner notes:
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- Whenever you have a musician or band with a large enough following, there's going to be groups of people who get interested in the stuff that they never released. However, some folks end up taking it a step too far. From The Beatles to Pink Floyd, from Jimi Hendrix to Madonna, there exists a special group of jerks willing to take unrelated material (or sometimes even make their own) and pass it around as if it were an actual unreleased track from their artist of choice.
While Boards Of Canada don't really fit into the same category as any of the above artists, they ended up accidentally creating some of the perfect conditions for hoaxers to flourish. They have five whole albums from before Twoism which never saw a release outside their friends and family, they've talked about an extensive back catalogue of unreleased tracks in interviews (Geogaddi was created from a selection of about 90 songs!), they hardly ever show themselves outside Hexagon Sun, and they typically go silent for many years in between album releases.
For reference, as of March 2018 there are only 3 full albums and a few short snippets of legitimate unreleased material from BoC available on the internet. They are Old Tunes volumes 1 and 2, the Random 35 Tracks Tape, and a few short (under 1 minute) clips of the pre-Twoism albums from the earliest version of their website (hosted on EHX). All of these can currently be found on https://rareboc.ax.lt/, along with explanations of where they came from. Anything else you see purported to be BoC is almost certainly bunk. Also, anything from these albums (with the possible exception of a few R35TT tracks) that you see with a different title claiming to be from the pre-Twoism releases is also bunk.
There's hours upon hours of bogus BoC that either has been or currently is in circulation. Given their reclusive nature and extensive back catalogue of unreleased songs, it's only natural that some folks would want to jump the gun and fill the gaps in themselves. They end up wasting everyone's time and energy, pissing off the seasoned collectors who've long since grown used to finding mislabeled mp3s masquerading as material from Mike & Marcus, and sometimes even fooling people who either don't know any better or just really want them to be real. Sometimes the material that the hoaxers choose to use isn't even close to the quality standards that BoC keep up, and this ends up damaging their reputation in the eyes of people who don't know any better.
And that's why this collection exists. At one point I found a bootleg Syd Barrett box set known as "Have You Got It Yet?", and the last disc of said box set was used to compile all the spurious Syd tracks known to exist at the time and expose them for all to see along with notes on where they came from and whatnot. I thought it was a brilliant idea, so I did the same for BoC and compiled all the choice cuts from my collection of fakes (there's way too much stuff out there to put it all on one album). To quote the liner notes from said disc:
"The “Apocrypha” are various books that weren’t considered authentic enough to make it into the Bible. Some were obviously spurious, others seemed legit but parts were bogus, others just didn’t fit in."
So, if you see anyone trying to pass off any tracks that appear in this collection as the real deal you can point to this and say "Hey! That's not real!". From the somewhat believable to the obvious bullshit, it's all here. All the ugly ducklings in their own special pond. I've done my best to figure out the actual origins of everything here so that you can get a general idea of the lengths people will go to in order to fool the BoC fanbase and get themselves some undeserved attention, be sure to keep these origin stories in mind and see if any supposed "new/unreleased tracks" that pop up claiming to be BoC have similar ones!