Tycho (3) ‎– Past Is Prologue

Merck ‎– MERCK 044
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This is largely a reissue of Sunrise Projector, with some additional remixes.
Limitation: 2.000 copies
In digipak.

℗&© Merck Records 2006

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 73885 06112 3
  • Barcode (String): 673885061123
  • Matrix / Runout: SU1027105 02
  • Mastering SID Code: iƒpi LF53
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI KZ09

Other Versions (5 of 5) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
GM77, GAM77, GAM72 Tycho (3) Sunrise Projector(CD, Album) Gammaphone, Gammaphone, Gammaphone GM77, GAM77, GAM72 US 2004 Sell This Version
GI-113 Tycho (3) Past Is Prologue(14xFile, MP3, Album, RE) Ghostly International GI-113 US 2010
GI-113X LP Tycho (3) Past Is Prologue(2xLP, Album, Ltd) Ghostly International GI-113X LP US 2013 Sell This Version
GI-113X Tycho (3) Past Is Prologue(16xFile, MP3, Album, RE) Ghostly International GI-113X US 2013
ARTPL-032 Tycho (3) Past Is Prologue(CD, Album) Plancha, Art Union ARTPL-032 Japan 2012 Sell This Version


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April 4, 2013
From Home
Dictaphone's Lament
Past Is Prologue
Cloud Generator
The Disconnect


January 23, 2009

Tycho is best described as an excellent copycat of Boards of Canada. This artist uses similar instruments, cd structure (breaking up a beat-oriented track with a short ambient interlude), child vocals in the background, etc etc. Surely there's nothing wrong with following in the same footsteps of greater artists when done right, as Tycho certainly has. Or at least, as he did in his prior album.

In 2004 Tycho released Sunrise Projector.... which is the exact same album as Past is Prologue except for 15 minutes! This is absolutely disguisting to see an artist change the playlist, throw in a few crappy remixes, and rebox an old album labelled as something new. While we might expect this with more popular music, I'd like to think electronic musicians hold themselves to a higher standard. Because this album is little more than a commercialized version of a prior album, I am forced to give it my lowest rating (while Sunrise Projector received my highest). Shame on Merck for printing this mislabelled product.

If you have to choose between the two, the few differences in the Sunrise Projector cd are better than the small changes here. Don't be fooled into purchasing both!


November 20, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

This is a great chilled out soundscape album. Yes, it does sound like Boards of Canada but I personally think its a little harsh to dismiss a listen based on this. There are only so many genres of music in this world and everything else comes from that and if it is good then it will stand the test of time and be remembered. For me, this is one such Album. If you want to be a music snob then go and drag out your old BOC albums and listen to them for the umpteenth time, but if like me you are always looking for something new, regardless of weather or not it sounds like something else, then this is definitely worth a listen at the very least. Tracks 1 is a melodic plodding tune which is awesome while the next couple have some wonderful soundscapes with the beat coming in halfway through. In fact a lot of the tracks are like that, with the melody building until the beat comes in around the middle. Wonderful collection.


November 8, 2006
edited over 12 years ago

Tycho is special in that he is one of the VERY few artists to actually recieve a negative review from the online record store, Boomkat. My review of this album almost mirrors theirs - the music is pleasent, well produced, but unashamedly influenced (almost to the point of plagerism) by Boards of Canada. From the soft melodies, the lo-fi approach to sound design, the sweeping analogue synths, and the childlike vocals, Tycho has done an admirable job of mimicking our favourite Scots. Now I have heard a lot of bad BOC clones over the years (and plenty of fake MP3s tagged as the duo), but at least Tycho had the sense to take the positive aspects of BOC's production, and create an album that is easy on the ears from start to finish.

But as you have probably gathered, it is incredibly difficult to get past the influence and listen to the album as an original concept. If BOC didn't exist, this album would be a revelation - as it stands, it is a mere reflection of an already well-established sound.

On a more positive note, I haven't heard any of his other material, and the guy is clearly a solid producer, so if he was take his skills and apply them in a way which reflects his true self and not his attempts to imitate his inspirations, then i'm sure he will succeed. And if you go to his website, you'll also find his design portfolio which is much more interesting and unique.