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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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  • 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
  • The_Star_Rover


    11 Aug 11:29pm Reply
  • romtyl

    I love You

    5 Aug 7:00am Reply
  • think-

    epic window is magic [6606]

    4 Aug 12:18am Reply
  • danomare

    so random tracknames

    3 Aug 2:38am Reply
  • Lukemds

    Their music takes you to places. I could go on listening forever.

    2 Aug 2:41pm Reply
  • The_Star_Rover

    Magic Window is epic. [2]

    29 Jul 10:45am Reply
  • nateyomat3y

    the ambience/tape decay of TCHP is wicked

    28 Jul 9:40am Reply
  • JloveA307

    Rumors of an EP this year are rife...

    27 Jul 12:08am Reply
  • last_nickname

    "Each record we do has a vague theme, with ‘Music Has the Right…” it was public information films, with “Geogaddi” it was a kind of psychotic look at mathematical patterns in art, and “The Campfire Headphase” is pretty much an imaginary road trip in a rusty pick-up heading west through the brain." There you go, albums explained.

    25 Jul 10:18pm Reply
  • Herr_Apathy

    Magic Window is epic.

    25 Jul 9:39pm Reply
  • BrutalWarCry

    I'm going to have to give Tomorrow's Harvest a few more tries. It's been over a year now and I still don't really care for it :(

    24 Jul 6:10am Reply
  • weinglass

    Geogaddi's good, but it's no Music Has the Right to Children.

    17 Jul 8:13am Reply
  • versacetoga

    WOW GEOGADDI AOTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i hope the needles drop makes a review soon!!!!!!!! :+)

    14 Jul 2:33pm Reply
  • The_Star_Rover

    I want more.

    12 Jul 2:30pm Reply
  • CremeDoLaWelts

    I dont like Tomorrow's Harvest. I don't get it.

    12 Jul 5:16am Reply
  • masodikgalamb

    Geogaddi is their strongest overall. Although Tomorrow's Harvest has tracks like Come to Dust, which is godly

    9 Jul 12:51pm Reply
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