Other than the sound clips, these releases do not really exist - they're loose collections of tracks, at best.
Were the track names/durations real do you know - Of all the old things I'm most fascinated with 'Line Two' and 'Visual Drone 12' as I don't think we've ever had >10min BoC tracks have we ?
From what I understand, these are actual tracks that were 'compiled' into these pseudo-releases, so unless the track times were as fictitious as the release, there's no reason to doubt their accuracy.
So in short, the tracks exist, but not as the actual releases - in other words, there's no actual 'Catalog 3' CD, cassette, or vinyl as far as I understand. Just tracks BOC did that someone decided to compile into these 'releases' for purposes of giving the appearance of a back catalogue or some organisation to their loose collection of tracks.
Funny how the AFOT is much more DIY than say BOC Maxima is, and certainly when compared to the pseudo-releases.
I think that's why in the end they erased all mention of these releases - they just simply don't exist in the forms originally presented.
There's far more than that, too - I suppose someone with access to all of their recorded material could have a field day compiling them into releases like this.
The only thing I find a bit odd is why go through the trouble of making album art (and somewhat decent art at that) for releases that were never intended on being released? Of course, it could all have been about building a mythos...
Damn, this puts things in perspective.
So essentially the claims of physical releases are dubious? Are these like remnants of Music70 or Hexagon Sun art or even fan art that became cited as physical releases? I've noticed only Play By Numbers in on discogs whereas Hooper Bat, Acid Memories and Catalog 3 are not.
...that is if a discogs page means anything - I feel like that might confirm someone actually has a copy though versus a late 90s webpage mention
Interesting - the cover image on Discogs for Play by Numbers is much larger than the other pre-Twoism releases, which said images came from the old BOC EHX fansite page by The Cosmic Crofter. It doesn't apparently look upsized, although the cover imagery is blurry enough that I could upsize, then reset/blur the type at the top easily in Photoshop.
Most compellingly, the back sides of any of these releases have NEVER been seen to this day, although it did take some time for BOC Maxima's J-card art beyond the cover to finally be shown in full.
That being said, it doesn't mean the release exists - especially being on CD - in 1994, CDrs weren't cheap (nor common), and pressing a CD in those days in such a low run would have been prohibitively expensive. Additionally, Twoism (the original) was pressed to vinyl (100 copies) and hand-labeled with stickers on the sleeve.
It is interesting also that Hooper Bay's artwork was stretched on the BOC EHX site to fit the "CD" cover format, whereas it is actually cassette artwork:
I'm inclined to believe that Hooper Bay may actually exist (as a "release") since the artwork is similar to the AFOT in that it's a xerox copy versus full colour (although BOC Maxima features a colour laser copy).
Considering Hexagon Sun is/was supposedly a collective of artists and musicians, it is very likely some of these pre-Twoism releases are in fact physical, and others are more "aspirational" in giving weight to BOC's mythical back catalogue, and created for that sole purpose.