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BoC LPs as Elemental Concept Albums


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#1 OneToThirtySix

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 02:52 PM

I've mentioned this before, and a certain Site Administrator indicated we should probably revisit the topic some time after TH has been released, so I think this is a fair time to re-introduce this idea:

So far, the LPs have each had a distinct tone that could possibly be attributed to an element:

MHTRTC - Air (sounds play out as if at a distance and melodies like dust motes)

Geogaddi - Fire (reduced use of reverb, claustrophobic, dry tones, crackling sounds)

TCH - Water (more polished production/wet or clean sound, juxtaposed with some sounds I would say seem "water-damaged", drums in Dayvan Cowboy sound like a rhythmic representation of waves)

TH - Earth (I had kind of imagined a track like Palace Posey would be on this album even before the release, a sort of tribal/nature tone)

 

Depending on the mythology used, there could be additional elements in the lineup (Metal, Aether, or if you're a Captain Planet fan, Heart), but in referencing Aquarius it would look like there might have been a restriction to the Zodiac elements. If that is the case, I would anticipate the sound of any new LPs to be far removed from the previous four.

 

Discuss.



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Posted 24 January 2019 - 02:57 PM

Ironically, the very thing that turned me off of The Campfire Headphase was how dry the acoustic guitars sounded. Along with the fact that fire is in the album title...



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Posted 24 January 2019 - 03:17 PM

Ironically, the very thing that turned me off of The Campfire Headphase was how dry the acoustic guitars sounded. Along with the fact that fire is in the album title...

 

The guitars were definitely less effect-layered, but the majority of the album has a clean or even "glittery" sound that I think compliments a dry acoustic guitar.

 

When it comes to the title, I don't put much faith that I'll be hearing the title in the song (or even the same album) from BoC. The "eagle in your mind" sample comes to mind in that respect. I'm curious, do you think you would have the same opinion if the tracks didn't have titles, and all you were left with was the sound?



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Posted 24 January 2019 - 03:18 PM

the chinese 5 elements are metal, earth, fire, water and wood.. mhtrtc was clearly a wood album (the color of the fire duh)

so in conclusion their next bum will be a

metal album (nu metal)

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 03:19 PM

the chinese 5 elements are metal, earth, fire, water and wood.. mhtrtc was clearly a wood album (the color of the fire duh)

so in conclusion their next bum will be a

metal album (nu metal)

 

I was a little afraid of this, actually.



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Posted 24 January 2019 - 03:48 PM

I actually agree with your assignments - I tend to think of the BOC LPs as seasons more than elements:

 

MHTRTC: Winter

Geogaddi: Summer/Autumn

TCH: Spring/Summer

TH: Autumn/Winter



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Posted 24 January 2019 - 03:52 PM

I actually agree with your assignments - I tend to think of the BOC LPs as seasons more than elements:

 

MHTRTC: Winter

Geogaddi: Summer/Autumn

TCH: Spring/Summer

TH: Autumn/Winter

 

Oh THIS works nicely; I play Geogaddi more in the winter to "keep warm".



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Posted 24 January 2019 - 04:21 PM

it's all about the he said she said bullshit
i think you better quit
lettin shit slip
or you'll be leavin with a fat lip

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Posted 24 January 2019 - 04:48 PM

it's all about the he said she said bullshit
i think you better quit
lettin shit slip
or you'll be leavin with a fat lip

 

Hahaha

 

Which element is this? 

 

 

I really wish they'd improve their performance by releasing some music. 



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Posted 24 January 2019 - 04:57 PM

 

it's all about the he said she said bullshit
i think you better quit
lettin shit slip
or you'll be leavin with a fat lip

 

Hahaha

 

Which element is this? 

 

 

I really wish they'd improve their performance by releasing some music. 

 

That's a rainy, peat-soaked Scottish spring



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Posted 24 January 2019 - 05:03 PM

 

Hahaha

 

Which element is this? 

 

 

I really wish they'd improve their performance by reading the rules. 

 

 

I'm honestly satisfied with what they've released. I really feel like if TH was it, and there's no more to hear, I would be okay with it. 

 

If it's not the end of their releases, I would be very excited, but I've resigned myself to the idea that it's quite possible they are done.



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Posted 24 January 2019 - 08:54 PM

welcome back.

 

oh yeah BoC theories *files in bin marked Twoism.org*



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Posted 25 January 2019 - 01:19 PM

welcome back.

oh yeah BoC theories *files in bin marked Twoism.org*


I've never considered visiting Twoism, for some reason I had the impression it was rife with rabid and overly emotional fans. Prolly not the place to start talk of the end of BoC's discography.

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Posted 25 January 2019 - 02:03 PM

 

welcome back.

oh yeah BoC theories *files in bin marked Twoism.org*


I've never considered visiting Twoism, for some reason I had the impression it was rife with rabid and overly emotional fans. Prolly not the place to start talk of the end of BoC's discography.

 

 

I made a login name but never dove in. Still been meaning to go on there to read up on / share suggestions on similar artists but the /r/boardsofcanada and r/soundslikeBoC subreddits fill that niche

 

 

the chinese 5 elements are metal, earth, fire, water and wood.. mhtrtc was clearly a wood album (the color of the fire duh)

so in conclusion their next bum will be a

metal album (nu metal)

 

I was a little afraid of this, actually.

 

 

I was thinking this:

 


 

EARTH

FIRE

WIND

WATER

heart  :wub: 

 



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Posted 25 January 2019 - 02:20 PM

 

 

Hahaha

 

Which element is this? 

 

 

I really wish they'd improve their performance by reading the rules. 

 

 

I'm honestly satisfied with what they've released. I really feel like if TH was it, and there's no more to hear, I would be okay with it. 

 

If it's not the end of their releases, I would be very excited, but I've resigned myself to the idea that it's quite possible they are done.

 

 

I would too, all of their albums both individually and as a whole, are some of the best music ever made imo, can't even imagine how some of it was done. My friend who turned me on to them said he thought that they were able to project themselves into peoples' dreams and set up recording gear there. I feel you on linking MHTRTC with air, but I love the running water sounds on 'Aquarius' and also on TCH on 'Satellite Anthem Icarus.' Both these songs also have some nice birdsongs in the mix too, so I guess that counts as air, guess all of it does naturally since sound travels through air and I imagine all their sounds pass through the air and are captured on tape. 



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Posted 25 January 2019 - 04:29 PM

 

I was thinking this:

 

EARTH

FIRE

WIND

WATER

heart  :wub: 

 

 

I put that in the OP :lol:

 

 

I would too, all of their albums both individually and as a whole, are some of the best music ever made imo, can't even imagine how some of it was done. My friend who turned me on to them said he thought that they were able to project themselves into peoples' dreams and set up recording gear there. I feel you on linking MHTRTC with air, but I love the running water sounds on 'Aquarius' and also on TCH on 'Satellite Anthem Icarus.' Both these songs also have some nice birdsongs in the mix too, so I guess that counts as air, guess all of it does naturally since sound travels through air and I imagine all their sounds pass through the air and are captured on tape. 

 

 

Has this "friend" that turned you onto BoC ever considered not doing drugs? I feel psychically molested just thinking about the BoC sampling some of the dreams I've managed to dredge from the depths of my consciousness.

 

Since Aquarius is the "Water-Bearer", I have never been shocked by the swishing water sample in that track; I would also point out that Aquarius is attributed to the Air element in the Zodiac rotation, but that concept doesn't track well, since Gemini is also an Air sign, but the track title is on what would be the "Earth" album . . . [ASCIIshrug.png]



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Posted 25 January 2019 - 11:36 PM

sorta like this reallymHHfrmE.jpg



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Posted 26 January 2019 - 12:29 AM

I actually agree with your assignments - I tend to think of the BOC LPs as seasons more than elements:

 

MHTRTC: Winter

Geogaddi: Summer/Autumn

TCH: Spring/Summer

TH: Autumn/Winter

 

 

I agree they attribute better to seasons, but I'd do it a little differently:

MHTRTC - Spring
Geogaddi - Fall
TCH - Summer
TH - Winter 

TH has a colder feel than MHTRTC, which makes me attribute it more to Winter than the others. Also MHTRTC is just so very Spring imo.



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Posted 26 January 2019 - 02:18 AM

Strong summer associations for mhtrtc, and winter for Geo. Which is mostly from personal experiences while listening to those albums. And not some sort of pseudo music theory. If you want to theorize, take the release dates into account. Because the time of release will influence the tone of the album. ;)

So yeah. Hope they will release new tunes soon. And all that.

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 10:25 AM

sorta like this reallymHHfrmE.jpg

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Posted 28 January 2019 - 10:28 AM

 

sorta like this reallymHHfrmE.jpg

Dank BOC Memes

 

I'm noticing that the "-oomer" in the middle isn't titled.



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Posted 28 January 2019 - 10:38 AM

I actually agree with your assignments - I tend to think of the BOC LPs as seasons more than elements:
 
MHTRTC: Winter
Geogaddi: Summer/Autumn
TCH: Spring/Summer
TH: Autumn/Winter

Yeah definitely very close to how I hear them, though tiny tweak for me:

MHTRTC: Late autumn/winter (damp and cold)
[IABPOITC - Freezing mid-winter]
Geogaddi: Late summer/Early autumn (days have just started to draw in)
TCH: Spring/Summer (yeah, times on the beach - nice and warm, but not hot)
TH: Nuclear winter in the height of summer.

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Posted 29 January 2019 - 03:32 AM

sorta like this reallymHHfrmE.jpg

Dank BOC Memes
I'm noticing that the "-oomer" in the middle isn't titled.

The one in the middle is Bocuma.

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Posted 06 February 2019 - 12:21 PM

Strong summer associations for mhtrtc, and winter for Geo. Which is mostly from personal experiences while listening to those albums. And not some sort of pseudo music theory. If you want to theorize, take the release dates into account. Because the time of release will influence the tone of the album. ;)

So yeah. Hope they will release new tunes soon. And all that.

I probably could have expounded on the idea, so it's fair to refer to it as being "pseudo music theory":

 

If each LP was a soundtrack to a documentary on elements, it would agree with their choices on which tracks were used for the EPs, since they aren't usually "in line" with the preceding LP's themes. To a more loose extent, it also can be applied to the artwork for each LP.