'As with the copy found in Other Music, its sleeve reads “—— / —— / —— / XXXXXX / —— / ——” (note: with both this single and the last one, the XXXXXX occupies the fourth spot in the pattern, meaning that the theory that there has to be six of them placed around the world, in a similar fashion to the listening parties for past Boards of Canada album Geogaddi, doesn’t necessarily ring true). The single was played once over the Rough Trade counter, but to our knowledge the music has not been uploaded anywhere yet, so we’re not sure whether the music contained on the 12″ is the same 20 seconds as on the first single or different.
Meanwhile, BoC obsessives continue to theorise. The 2020k blog, which has been following the mystery since the start, points to a YouTube channel called Hell Interface (a past alias of Boards of Canada), who recently used this video (which is blank, but does feature an image if you hover your cursor over the timeline) to link to this one, which features a new number being read in the same style as the 12″ discovered in Other Music, followed by a brief flicker of some text: ”—— / —— / XXXXXX / —— / —— / ——”. On top of that, the video is titled ‘csch’. csch.ca is the website for the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health. Crikey!
Update: Looks like the third piece of the puzzle (—— / —— / —— / —— / —— / XXXXXX) was played on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show tonight, with no comment from the host. It reads out another number: 519225.
So far then, the code is ‘—— / —— / 717228 / 936557 / ——/ 519225′. 2020k deserves a bloody medal at this point.
Update 2: NPR’s All Songs Considered played another snippet at the end of the show, featuring the numbers 699742; not sure where these fit in the string (via Pitchfork).' - FACT MAG