Music Has the Right to Children

Release date
20 Apr 1998
Running length
17 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Wildlife Analysis 1:17 232,647
2 An Eagle in Your Mind 6:23 201,397
3 The Color of the Fire 1:43 187,436
4 Triangles & Rhombuses 1:48 139,860
4 Telephasic Workshop 6:35 191,568
5 Turquoise Hexagon Sun 5:09 316,149
6 Sixtyten 5:48 185,665
6 Kaini Industries 0:59 183,386
7 Bocuma 1:36 180,614
8 Roygbiv 2:28 275,686
9 Rue the Whirl 6:37 174,590
10 Olson 1:29 184,251
11 Pete Standing Alone 6:07 164,447
12 Smokes Quantity 4:46 174,530
12 Aquarius 5:57 190,824
13 Open the Light 4:25 169,110
14 One Very Important Thought 1:13 167,489

About this album

Music Has the Right to Children is the debut album of the Scottish electronic music duo Boards of Canada. It was published by Warp Records and released on 20 April 1998 in Europe and 20 August in the United States. The album was produced at the Hexagon Sun, the duo’s personal recording studio.

The songs utilize a number of field recordings and intense sound manipulation. It is their most critically acclaimed LP.

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  • GaaraGOinMusic1

    the order is very wrong

    5 Jul 1:37am Reply
  • butt-plugsuit

    Imagine being a little kid and hearing this play in your parents car when you go on road trips.

    27 May 12:31am Reply
  • SirMufpo

    A timeless classic. In every sense of the word.

    17 May 11:27am Reply
  • Grycho

    Damn. This is actually a lot better than I remember. I remember this being NICE, not just straight-up GREAT.

    12 May 11:05am Reply
  • menswear2112

    Such a monster album

    17 Apr 8:08pm Reply
  • Triplearrow

    Dugo trzeba bylo czasu, zeby przekonac sie do tego albumu.Bylo warto, teraz uwazam to za jeden z lepszych projektow, ktory dany mi bylo przesluchac.

    17 Apr 12:35pm Reply
  • will-neill

    Incredible music, just doesn't flow as well as the the others from beginning to end in my opinion.

    8 Apr 8:27pm Reply
  • luiz_kogut

    If you can be told what you can see or read, then it follows that you can be told what to say or think

    7 Feb 6:50pm Reply
  • weinglass

    Ethereal melodies and deeply satisfying beats.

    19 Jan 6:24am Reply
  • Zendeko

    bored of canada children have the right music

    6 Jan 7:56pm Reply
  • nacht_vogel

    I think after all this is Boards of Canada's best work in terms of structure and composition and pacing, the record also carries some of the duo's best tracks, tho this is obviously a case of the whole being way better than just the sum of its parts. hands down, this is THE Boards of Canada album.

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Gwynbleiddsfang

    Why are there only 14 tracks... It's a 17 song album, 18 if you count the re-release

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Phyllobius

    Excellent album!

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Spoike

    Quickly became my favourite album

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ScepSpec

    Such beautiful wonkiness

    22 Aug 2013 Reply
  • SeveralPeople

    slowly became my favorite album.

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • billnepill2

    Dropped by to say omg I'm still blown away by this

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • mk741

    "the first section of their most highly referenced work is also one of the most impenetrable and potentially off putting to new fans" It's true. You really can't listen to this album with any background noise i.e. on a bus, walking in a mall, as you'll likely miss out on the little intricate workings of each track and their samples. When I first listened to it (in my formerly noisy work environment), I thought it was just an average piece of ambient techno that's occasionally rather dull. You need to listen to it in a quiet space i.e. bedroom, from start to finish, and just let the dreamy nostalgic atmosphere wash over you. Afterwards, you'll likely "get" why this album is excellent (at least that's how it worked for me).

    6 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TheCemetery

    @h_r_f_d Yeah it's incredible...ahead of its time.

    30 May 2013 Reply
  • phosgene

    I think I like Telephasic Workshop the most

    7 May 2013 Reply
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