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Rezz
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Boards of Canada ARG

This one's moving quite quickly already due to the band's fame, so I'm not sure posting it here will be of great use. But since it hasn't already been posted, here goes.

The Scottish electronic duo Boards of Canada have begun a bit of an ARG campaign purportedly involving 6 records distributed in 6 different countries on Record Store Day (April 20). Only one has been found. They've also done some Youtube trickery involving reordering playlists of fan videos and posting clues on scattered official accounts.

These and more details can be found here: http://2020k.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/boards-of-canada-distribute-new-vinyl-releases-out-for-national-records-day/

The crux of it seems to be these 6-digit numeric codes that fill 6 slots.

The first record had this on the cover:



and playing the record revealed the numbers "936557":



YouTube: Link


Through a comment on a fan video using an official account ("hellinterface", which is a known pseudonym of Boards of Canada), a 3 second video was located which then linked this video in the description:



YouTube: Link


Pause it at 40 seconds and you'll see a flash revealing XXXXXX over the third slot. Since the video contains the numbers 717228, it seems the current status of the code is:

------/------/717228/936557/------/------


In addition, the latest reordering of their official playlist of fan videos puts this one next, leading many to believe it is the location of the next clue:



YouTube: Link


Again, make sure to check the 2020k blog for more details. There's a lot more than what I've written here, these are just the basics.

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booba
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Map co-ordinates?
This paring could be (among other things) 71.7228 -93.6557

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Turtleey
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Someone found another vinyl from TradeWinds:
https://soundcloud.com/roughidea/boc-wav

It reads the exact same numbers from the first vinyl. (936557) Possibly fake?

Also, BBC just updated to say this:



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Hmm. I'm up to date now and hooked!
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Turtleey wrote:
Someone found another vinyl from TradeWinds:
https://soundcloud.com/roughidea/boc-wav

It reads the exact same numbers from the first vinyl. (936557) Possibly fake?

Also, BBC just updated to say this:



Where did you grab this from please Smile
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The new snippet was played on today's Zane Lowe BBC Radio One broadcast.

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/radioassets/snippets/isrc/z3/p01836z3_noisrc_unknown_xxxxxx.mp3

------/------/717228/936557/------/519225

Turtleey wrote:
Someone found another vinyl from TradeWinds:
https://soundcloud.com/roughidea/boc-wav

It reads the exact same numbers from the first vinyl. (936557) Possibly fake?

I don't believe it's a fake, but rather the 6 records all have the same code on them. It seems the other numbers are being distributed through other media.

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Rezz wrote:
The new snippet was played on today's Zane Lowe BBC Radio One broadcast.

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/radioassets/snippets/isrc/z3/p01836z3_noisrc_unknown_xxxxxx.mp3

------/------/717228/936557/------/519225

Turtleey wrote:
Someone found another vinyl from TradeWinds:
https://soundcloud.com/roughidea/boc-wav

It reads the exact same numbers from the first vinyl. (936557) Possibly fake?

I don't believe it's a fake, but rather the 6 records all have the same code on them. It seems the other numbers are being distributed through other media.


I like the way this is heading! Smile
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General consensus says that the numbers are IP addresses. The vinyl numbers lead to the apartment block in Boulogne-Billiancourt, but the youtube video one (csch) doesn't have any specific coordinates, at least as far as I know. Leads to Pella, Iowa. There are only two music stores (excluding walmart) in the vicinity: R Paul's Music & Studios, and Kuyper's Music.
If anyone lives in Iowa, checking them out could help.

The third one, through the BBC podcast, seems to be near the heart of London, in a church? The Methodist Central Hall Westminster.

It could just be a generalization for the whole area, though.

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From Scotland, nice to have something that might come close to where I live yay

Wll continue to keep an eye out and help where I can l

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A friend of mine here in Sheffield used to house share with one of the members of BOC. Wish I'd known at the time, I'd have popped in for a visit! Smile
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Turtleey wrote:
General consensus says that the numbers are IP addresses. The vinyl numbers lead to the apartment block in Boulogne-Billiancourt, but the youtube video one (csch) doesn't have any specific coordinates, at least as far as I know. Leads to Pella, Iowa. There are only two music stores (excluding walmart) in the vicinity: R Paul's Music & Studios, and Kuyper's Music.
If anyone lives in Iowa, checking them out could help.

The third one, through the BBC podcast, seems to be near the heart of London, in a church? The Methodist Central Hall Westminster.

It could just be a generalization for the whole area, though.

Let me know what the details are and how solid the Pella lead is. I have family there and may be able to follow up. Pretty small town and not sure how this would lead there, but there is at least one college there.

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Just chiming in

Nothing to add, but I'm following this, mostly on the 2020k and BoCPages summaries, and I occasionally lurk on twoism. They seem to be the most up to date.

In case anyone doesn't have the links:

http://bocpages.org/wiki/Record_Store_Day_incident
http://2020k.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/boards-of-canada-distribute-new-vinyl-releases-out-for-national-records-day/
http://www.twoism.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=2

But any discussion here is helpful, I'm sure. So far, we've got 4 numbers, the location in the sequence of three of them are known. Good speculation on twoism that maybe we'll see another on an Adult Swim bump or something. There were two numbers out yesterday, so it seems to be moving pretty fast.
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I wish there was a way to find out where the other records were... Razz
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I checked my local record store... Nothing!

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thebruce wrote:
I wish there was a way to find out where the other records were... Razz


Hmmm...
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