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The location of the photograph used on the Boards of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children album cover has been found. See it on Google Maps.
posted by davebush (46 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
It would be wise to remember that the same people who would stop you from listening to Boards of Canada may be back next year to complain about a book, or even a TV program.
posted by wikipedia brown boy detective at 6:47 AM on July 29 [11 favorites]


This clearly has to be a leak from the boys themselves. How the bloody hell could you ever accomplish a feat like that - first: making that realization, second: the album cover, if you notice, is reversed, so not only do you have to recognize it, you have to recognize it backwards.

Does this mean a new album? PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE! I mean, I really don't want to have to wait another near decade for a new one.
posted by symbioid at 6:53 AM on July 29 [2 favorites]


orange
posted by exogenous at 7:00 AM on July 29 [28 favorites]


> This clearly has to be a leak from the boys themselves.

You underestimate how obsessive BoC's fans can be. The surprise should be that it took this long.
posted by ardgedee at 7:02 AM on July 29 [1 favorite]


Image recognition algorithms work pretty good.
posted by anthill at 7:03 AM on July 29


Meetup to watch The Killings at Outpost Zeta at that spot?
posted by griphus at 7:03 AM on July 29 [1 favorite]


Spoiler: it's in Banff, on the scenic road up Mt. Norquay. Sourced to this Facebook post from Tomorrow's Harvest, which seems to be a fan's Facebook account. (This info is all in the links, just posting it here for your convenience.)
posted by Nelson at 7:11 AM on July 29


Is there something special about this? I'm not a fan of this band, so was the location of this cover a big secret in the fan community?
posted by demiurge at 7:13 AM on July 29 [5 favorites]


orange

yeah, that's right
posted by erlking at 7:15 AM on July 29 [26 favorites]


Is there something special about this? I'm not a fan of this band, so was the location of this cover a big secret in the fan community?

There are precious few things about BoC that aren't a secret to literally everyone save the two of them.
posted by griphus at 7:15 AM on July 29 [5 favorites]


I'm also not understanding why this was a thing.
posted by Thorzdad at 7:16 AM on July 29 [5 favorites]


Not convinced - I see sunlight in the Google photo, but it doesn't appear turquoise or hexagonal.
posted by anthom at 7:16 AM on July 29 [13 favorites]


When lava pours out near the sea surface, tremendous volcanic explosions sometimes occur.
posted by Ratio at 7:18 AM on July 29 [12 favorites]


sixtyTEN
posted by grumpybear69 at 7:23 AM on July 29 [5 favorites]


Eh, let me know when they find Geogaddi.
posted by anazgnos at 7:27 AM on July 29 [1 favorite]


Although not a follower of hserok divad, she's a devoted Branch Davidian.
posted by One Second Before Awakening at 7:27 AM on July 29 [3 favorites]


Eh, let me know when they find Geogaddi.

Not the actual thing but an incredible approximation.
posted by griphus at 7:29 AM on July 29 [2 favorites]


Oh hey, griphus, I just remembered my friend got me one for my birthday way back :)
posted by symbioid at 7:36 AM on July 29


BOC are elusive in everything they do (mysterious vinyl distributed around the US last year; finding the location of the cover of the album Tomorrow's Harvest was also a thing), so knowing more about the brothers (who didn't want to be known as brothers up through 2005) is exciting for fans of the duo. Everything they do and make is like a treasure hunt.
posted by filthy light thief at 7:47 AM on July 29 [1 favorite]


How the bloody hell could you ever accomplish a feat like that

Recognizing the background would be the first step, then if you recognise the somewhat distinctive wall you would merely need to drive along until you found the exact view. I've done this a few times with unlabeled pictures that happen to be of my hometown. The view North from the East valley is very distinctive and sticks out like a sore thumb.

An interesting example of this occurring is the current trial of a BC guide accused of poaching a Dall sheep in the Yukon. Conservation officers were tipped off by someone recognising the picture of the sheep published in record books was taken in the Yukon and not BC from the view of the mountain in the background.
posted by Mitheral at 7:54 AM on July 29


Everything they do and make is like a treasure hunt is a balloon.
posted by griphus at 7:55 AM on July 29 [3 favorites]


Speaking of Geogaddi...I came across this a capella cover of the entire album somewhere in my recent web travels.

It's by turns hysterically unlistenable and occasionally well done, especially considering the day and a half it reportedly took to record.
posted by anthom at 7:56 AM on July 29 [6 favorites]


This is fantastic. The only way to make it better would be to find the original group shot before it got treated... For those who don't get it, well, BoC inspires cultish devotion by creating evocative, mysterious music that's full of unexplained references open to myriad interpretations. If you get addicted, it's quite the puzzle palace. Every time the root of a reference is discovered, it's exciting - and the cover art of the album which hooked most fans is a doozy. (I was on a driving holiday along the west coast of Scotland when I found a small village called Red Point with a beach - that made my day.)

This particular place (out in the country) looks like it's a popular photo opportunity, so it's perhaps not that surprising that it triggered a fan's synapses.
posted by Devonian at 7:59 AM on July 29 [3 favorites]


I can see my house from there. The green patch (aka the bald patch) is a pretty popular tourist stop overlooking the town of Banff. It's situated at the top of a switchback that leads to the Mt. Norquay ski resort. The green patch is home to the biggest douglas fir tree I know and a dozen bighorn sheep. I used to watch those sheep from my living room window with binoculars, they munch grass all day, and their altitude adjusts based on the weather.
posted by furtive at 8:00 AM on July 29 [8 favorites]


A certain path leads from obsessive fans back to that time you paid 10p for a picture at a garage sale.

Not the actual thing but an incredible approximation.

OT, but man that site looks terrible. Warp has really put design on the backburner.
posted by rhizome at 8:16 AM on July 29


Speaking of Geogaddi...I came across this a capella cover of the entire album somewhere in my recent web travels.

That is impressive given 36 hours of turnaround. I spent probably 2 hours just on the beat box in my a cappella cover of ROYGBIV. The wavering pitch, and lo-fi/distored recording in geocaca give it a sort of genuine BoC feel. Makes me want to hear what dude could do with a month spent on it.
posted by onehalfjunco at 8:34 AM on July 29 [6 favorites]


1969 in the sunshine
posted by porn in the woods at 8:41 AM on July 29 [6 favorites]


The location of the photograph used on the Boards of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children album cover has been found.

Oh thank god. Thank god.

But now what will I do with the rest of my life?
posted by yoink at 8:47 AM on July 29 [1 favorite]


To whoever found this, Iiiiiiiii lllloooooooooooove yyyyoooooouuuuu. I love you.
posted by en forme de poire at 8:49 AM on July 29 [9 favorites]


You could also say that this discovery is a little slice of the past
inside
the present
posted by en forme de poire at 8:55 AM on July 29 [4 favorites]


TRIPLE SALCHOW: Anthom, that a cappella cover is entirely amazing. Danilions is hilarious and many of the other tracks are legitimately, like, good.

(I don't really like his cover of 1969 though. Maybe I should do that one on MeFi Music...)
posted by en forme de poire at 8:59 AM on July 29 [1 favorite]


I wonder how long it'll take before Google or someone else launches a service that can match photographs to Google Street View locations. It'd be perfect for retro-geotagging all your pre-GPS-equipped camera photographs. On the other hand, surveillance dystopia, big brother, etc.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 9:10 AM on July 29


Finally I can continue sleeping as much as I normally do!
posted by odinsdream at 9:15 AM on July 29 [2 favorites]


So the cover is a picture of a religious community in a beautiful place out in the country.
posted by the painkiller at 9:20 AM on July 29 [1 favorite]


funny - speaking of what it's a picture "of"... I always saw it as children standing on a playground in a downpour of rain... like a school playground - not a particularly "out in the country" vibe...
posted by symbioid at 9:32 AM on July 29


FYI to the confused people, fans are also taking the opportunity to drop little lyric breadcrumbs in comments (which I am LOVING but also probably seem like total non sequiturs to the uninitiated).

We wait... tense..
posted by late afternoon dreaming hotel at 9:40 AM on July 29 [2 favorites]


This album was the soundtrack to many an off-season trip to a hot spring next to the Black Rock Desert. One time we even found a sailcar just, like, sitting there.
posted by grumpybear69 at 9:46 AM on July 29


FYI to the confused people

All they need to know is that a new contraption to capture a dandelion in one piece has been put together by the crew.
posted by Sonny Jim at 11:11 AM on July 29 [3 favorites]


Related?: BoC says mountains in background were misidentified.
posted by Kabanos at 11:35 AM on July 29


I really like Music Has the Right to Children, but I got hooked when I heard Leslie Nielsen talking about the dandelion, mostly because I had seen that documentary in school and always half-remembered it--the first time it had occurred to me what pressure changes could do to truly deep-sea animals. It inspired such a sense of wonder. And BoC does the same.
posted by Kafkaesque at 2:29 PM on July 29 [1 favorite]


This is the most inscrutable thread of all threads I have had the pleasure to read on the blue.
posted by brambleboy at 5:46 PM on July 29 [1 favorite]


Hi all.

I made the animated gif of the album cover overlaying the location in the tumblr post.

Imagine that no one was able to figure out where the cover photo on Abbey Road was shot. Then, 15 years later someone figures it out. It's like that for fans of Boards of Canada.
posted by nsputnik at 6:10 PM on July 29 [9 favorites]


nsputnik - welcome to MetaFilter, and thanks for the gif. You're right, us BOC fans love this kind of minutia and it's always fun when something new is uncovered.
posted by davebush at 6:54 PM on July 29


Ha, I went to that spot this spring & remember thinking it was the best easily accessible view of Banff yet there was nobody there. Took a picture.
posted by canoehead at 7:33 AM on July 30


If we don't start working on energy conservation, there may not be enough energy to go around by the time I'm a parent. Call your county cooperative extension service for more information.
posted by porn in the woods at 6:51 PM on July 30 [1 favorite]


BoC is like Jimmy Carter nostalgia. I can't imagine 4-H doing energy efficiency campaigns today.
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