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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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  • Chadion

    Wow, just discovered an unofficial BoC -release. Solid stuff, though these songs might not even be by them but i'm gonna pretend they are.

    28 Jul 6:25pm Reply
  • JashinMusic


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  • diorJordi

    olson version 3

    25 Jul 10:45am Reply
  • Thurible

    Don't listen to billnepill2 . Listening to albums on shuffle is a CRIME!

    23 Jul 5:20pm Reply
  • sin1stercut


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  • SaulCLRadiohead

    666 >:)

    19 Jul 2:37am Reply
  • Geographysical


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  • last_nickname

    Start with music has the right to children [4]

    15 Jul 8:38pm Reply
  • Andi242GER

    This free item is highly recommended to the BoC crowd ...

    13 Jul 9:03pm Reply
  • hollandg123

    v this is correct

    13 Jul 6:59pm Reply
  • Cocaine_Powder

    Geogaddi > Tomorrow's Harvest > Music Has the Right to Children > The Campfire Headphase

    13 Jul 6:34pm Reply
  • billnepill2

    The best way to get into and appreciate BOC is to leave them randomly playing in the background unconcerned about the identity of the music and its supposed meaning, albums, reviews. Just let the music speak to you

    8 Jul 10:29am Reply
  • h_r_f_d

    Start with music has the right to children [3] as it is their most "definitive" work (not necessarily their best, that's pretty tough for me to choose)

    7 Jul 10:06am Reply
  • Geographysical

    Start with Music Has the Right to Children then go to In A Beautiful Place Out In the Country then go to Geogaddi.

    4 Jul 12:39pm Reply
  • cadavreflex

    correction: best album to begin with is where it all began==> TOMORROW'S HARVEST.

    1 Jul 10:07pm Reply
  • TheDapperCat

    The best album to begin with is definitely Music Has the Right to Children

    1 Jul 7:01pm Reply
  • ballsackmask

    Any thoughts on the best album to begin with? Thanks in advance because I probably won't be back to check for replies since I've developed a tragic, premature case of what seems to be ultra-Alzheimer's and quite frankly all instances of memory capacitance have fled the construct. I just ramble on and on and on upon various shoutboxes, eventually crashing to the floor in demonic spasms when my body has had enough.

    1 Jul 4:30pm Reply
  • f_k_o_s

    Amo Bishop Roden, on repeat forever.

    27 Jun 9:00pm Reply
  • jlewiss

    just Love u! ❤️

    24 Jun 2:35am Reply
  • tropicalhaze

    I hope their next album brings some quality back

    21 Jun 11:00pm Reply
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