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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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  • faaa360

    one two three four FIIIIIIIIVE

    Yesterday 12:33am Reply
  • mermaidsalt

    A Is to B as B Is to C

    Yesterday 9:39pm Reply
  • m-saIami

    I hope they release a new album soon, so I can start bashing them, and don't miss the hate train this time.

    Yesterday 8:58pm Reply
  • GuakaRocker

    So this is weird but... anyone want to fight with me over BoC music on the internet?. I'm open anytime.

    16 Dec 9:49pm Reply
  • phosgene

    Guys, every time someone fights over BoC music on the internet, my cancer gets worse. Pls stop

    15 Dec 11:05am Reply
  • holmesspuntuna

    ambient? more like slambient; wwe + paulstretch. PEACE

    11 Dec 1:43am Reply
  • AndrzFAL

    soundtrack for outer space.

    4 Dec 2:00pm Reply
  • CarloDeDonno

    They could make you feel nostalgia for the present.

    4 Dec 1:54am Reply
  • CarloDeDonno

    Jacquard Causeway <3 [2]

    4 Dec 1:42am Reply
  • tropicalhaze

    @kutox1 this 'durr hurr i have a right to voice my opinion in a hostile manner although i was the first one to get all uptight cause of disagreeing opinion' mentality of yours is really, really dumb

    3 Dec 7:30pm Reply
  • last_nickname

    The best rave in the world would have Basefree possibly at the loudest volume. FUCK

    3 Dec 11:56am Reply
  • The_Star_Rover

    Jacquard Causeway <3

    2 Dec 10:55pm Reply
  • roemilca111

    not a fan of Tomorrow's Harvest or the new Aphex Twin. or the new Daft Punk while we're at it. sucks because that was most of what i listened to early high school

    29 Nov 3:54pm Reply
  • BrutalWarCry

    @Keolia agreed. It has really grown on me over the years, moreso than any of BoC's other albums

    29 Nov 7:31am Reply
  • Keolia

    The Campfire Headphase is severely underrated.

    26 Nov 4:15pm Reply
  • m-saIami

    I agree with tiny mix tapes at some points, but still I like Tomorrow's Harvest...

    26 Nov 2:07am Reply
  • Kansas-Eskimo

    I don't think tomorrow's harvest is as good as the rest of the albums but it's still alright.

    24 Nov 5:59pm Reply
  • kutox1

    And as if I give a shit about any reviews anyway when it comes to whether I like an album or not. You're the one so hung up on reviews which match your own view, yet you're calling me a sheep because I happen to disagree with you, assuming I'm blindly basing my opinion on positive reviews (which I couldn't care less about anyway)?! Oh you're a bloody genius.

    23 Nov 12:01am Reply
  • kutox1

    Well tropicalhaze I must've missed the swathe of negative reviews, which were presumably from random blogs in some unseen corner of the web, but obviously that's what counts. If you can find negative reviews from somewhere then you're obviously right, and anyone who disagrees is clearly a sheep! Fucking brilliant.

    23 Nov 12:01am Reply
  • shamjad

    Similar Artists ? really ?

    20 Nov 3:02pm Reply
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