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Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (1986 – present)

Boards of Canada are an music duo from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, formed in 1986 and comprised of brothers Mike Sandison (born 1 June 1970) and Marcus Eoin (born 21 July 1971). They have released a number of works, most notably the studio albums Music Has the Right to Children (1998), Geogaddi (2002), and The Campfire Headphase (2005) on the pioneering electronic music label Warp. Their fourth album Tomorrow’s Harvest was released in June 2013.

Boards of Canada have had an enormous influence on the , and scenes. They have frequently made reference to the warm, scratchy, artificial sounds of 1970s television. Indeed, the Sandison brothers admit to being inspired by the documentary films of the National Film Board of Canada, from which they take their name. The duo have recorded a few minor works under the name Hell Interface. Boards of Canada’s music has been used in several CSI episodes and on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim interlude shorts; small bits of their music have been used on the BBC program Top Gear for transitional music.

Early Boards of Canada (1970s-1995)

Growing up in a musical family, brothers Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin began playing instruments at a young age. They experimented with recording techniques at around the age of 10, using tape machines to layer cut-up samples of found sounds over compositions of their own. In their teens they participated in a number of amateur bands, however, it wasn’t until 1986 when Marcus was invited to Mike’s band that Boards of Canada was born.


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    bored with canada, lmo

    11 hours ago Reply
  • prophetpope

    I can chill to boards of canada.

    19 May 9:44pm Reply
  • Nitro43

    Definitely NOT chillout. Get that shitty tag out of here.

    16 May 4:29pm Reply
  • prophetpope

    Bros from Canada

    12 May 8:38pm Reply
  • Geographysical

    b e a u t i f u l p l a c e

    7 May 11:39pm Reply
  • h_r_f_d

    nothing is real

    7 May 6:21am Reply
  • lew9six


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  • jessyrocker


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  • kvothe_

    Boards Of Canada always will have all my respects. I love them.

    5 May 4:06pm Reply
  • billnepill2

    A few old tunes have the right to not be treated like bastard children

    30 Apr 4:48pm Reply
  • a_d_a_m

    QOQOQOQ, I was thinking about your question and answer of TheShadowstorm and my first thought was: the best for the beginning is The Campfire Headphase but I realized that my first cd was Music Has The Right To The Children. In my opinion, this album is diversified, universal, good for the first meeting with BOC. Later You will try another albums, and more and more, and it will be probably big music adventure for You. Greetings

    29 Apr 9:20am Reply
  • Geographysical

    " I like to think of the music as being the drug. People shouldn't have to take drugs to enjoy music." -Mike Sandison. [2] My respect for this band only grows greater.

    29 Apr 2:52am Reply
  • Daigo-Sama

    more than Breakbeats

    28 Apr 11:38pm Reply
  • Isk0

    I love Boards of Canada.

    28 Apr 11:14pm Reply
  • last_nickname

    " I like to think of the music as being the drug. People shouldn't have to take drugs to enjoy music." -Mike Sandison.

    28 Apr 4:17am Reply
  • TheShadowstorm


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    26 Apr 6:26pm Reply

    thnks, i'll check the both

    26 Apr 5:10pm Reply
  • TheShadowstorm

    Geogaddi if you're interested in something textually darker, but the most common recommendation (that I see) is Music Has the Right to Children. Both albums incorporate a lot of sound manipulation, but Geogaddi is a warmer album overall. That's probably not the best way of recommending something but even as I write this, I find it mildly difficult to recommend any one particular record over another. Everything that this duo has produced has been quality, and that's an accomplishment.

    26 Apr 4:48pm Reply

    best album to start with?

    26 Apr 3:26pm Reply
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