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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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  • Shemhamforashh

    Shrooms + BOC= ヽ(゚〇゚)ノ

    30 Sep 9:22pm Reply
  • h_r_f_d

    that feel when you realize the beginning of nothing is real has the same field recording in turquoise hexagon sun...also, i can't believe it's not in the top 15

    20 Sep 7:08pm Reply
  • MilenLoktionov

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  • Wild76

    Similar to BOC? Don't waste my time.

    12 Sep 6:43am Reply
  • AtomicoNuclear

    they played @ my sweet 16. it was fantastic.

    3 Sep 6:36pm Reply
  • h_r_f_d

    "comforting yet troubling" (y)

    1 Sep 6:04am Reply
  • FeatgaryTD

    I feel the brothers BoC have always lovingly embraced the psychoactive properties of sound. That trademark goes all the way back to Twoism. What keeps me a fan is this constant exploration into the far outposts of human existence where familiarity meets the unknown. They slow you down, like meditation, you start shutting off and then suddenly, you'll hear a wall of complexity just below the surface. Their music is comforting yet deeply troubling, these two worlds somehow found a way to harmonize together through the enigmatic Marcus and Michael. What a joy to have art like this in modern music.

    1 Sep 12:00am Reply
  • lrwld

    I hear they play birthday parties.

    30 Aug 3:41am Reply
  • lwpss

    @Bartiol: why so much pain

    29 Aug 5:20pm Reply
  • pablo_cerve

    glitch in the matrix

    29 Aug 5:37am Reply
  • Ambryer

    whats with the drop in listeners from 27jul to 3aug?? [2]

    28 Aug 7:38pm Reply
  • AtomicoNuclear

    whats with the drop in listeners from 27jul to 3aug??

    28 Aug 7:20pm Reply
  • tropicalhaze

    The Campfire Headphase might still be one of the most fitting album titles ever.

    27 Aug 8:33pm Reply
  • noctivagance

    does anyone know how to get ahold of them? would like them to play my wedding

    26 Aug 2:49am Reply
  • autodestrucion_

    I love You. I love You, I love You, I love You [13243454757654345647568745634]

    23 Aug 10:50am Reply
  • John__Lemon

    I'm still a sucker for Chromakey Dreamcoat

    20 Aug 11:53pm Reply
  • TheLolita

    It came as a wave. The love.

    17 Aug 5:45pm Reply
  • hauseryna

    this band is my drug, really beautiful drug

    15 Aug 10:58pm Reply
  • elephantdildo

    Can't stop listening to Tomorrow's Harvest.

    15 Aug 3:25pm Reply
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