Boards of Canada

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Boards Of Canada

Edinburgh, United Kingdom (1986 – present)

Boards of Canada is an electronic music duo from Edinburgh, Scotland, composed of brothers Michael Sandison (b. 10 June 1969) and Marcus Eoin Sandison (b. 21 September 1970). They have released a number of works, most notably Music Has the Right to Children and Geogaddi, with little advertising and few interviews - like many of their label-mates on the pioneering electronic music label Warp.

Boards of Canada have had an enormous influence on the ambient, downtempo and IDM 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 Michael 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 Michael’s band that Boards of Canada was born.

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[ Pitchfork ] Sometimes an album is so good and makes its case so flawlessly that it spawns a mini-genre of its own and becomes shorthand for a prescribed set of values. The Velvet Underground's third and Miles Davis' Bitches Brew are two older records that spring to mind, and I'd toss in Spiderland as well. It's not a long list, but somewhere on it belongs Boards of Canada's Music Has the Right to Children.

Earlier this month, Warp Records reissued Music Has the Right to Children worldwide, adding the bonus track "Happy Cycling" (which we Americans with our Matador-licensed copies have always known as the album closer) and redesigning the cover art as a foldout digipak. It's always a bit strange when an album is reissued when it has not, in any sense, ever gone away. How could we possibly have forgotten about Music Has the Right to Children when the sound Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin created here is still the predominant inspiration in IDM? And yet, here we are, new package and new marketing push. Even so, six years after its original release is as good as any time to look into why Music Has the Right to Children has resonated so strongly.

Boards of Canada's sound was not wholly original. Seeds of it can be found in Eno, Aphex Twin (in a big way), The Orb, and all over the home listening electronic scene that sprang up in the wake of Warp's Artificial Intelligence compilation. Boards used drum machines, samplers, and an unfathomable collection of analog and digital synths, like others in their sphere. Their chords were typically gauzy ambient, their beats head-nodding downtempo. Properly speaking, they invented nothing.

And yet, the parts had never come together quite like this. The first thing to note is that Music Has the Right revealed Boards of Canada to be geniuses with texture, where god is in the details. The incredibly simple melody of the short "Bocuma" becomes a lump-in-the-throat meditation on man's place in the universe through subtle pitchshifts and just the right mist of reverb. The slow fade-in on "An Eagle in Your Mind" is the lonesome sound of a gentle wind brushing the surface of Mars moments after the last rocket back to Earth has lifted off. The long history of the electric piano was nothing but a lead-in to the tone Boards used on "Turquoise Hexagon Sun", the perfect evocation of a happy walk through the woods in an altered state. Every IDM artist since has at least once labored over their modular unit to get a patch that sounds like one of the many brilliant sounds found here.

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boc-hooper-bay Artist - Boards of Canada Album - Hooper Bay Release Date - 1994 Genre - Electronica, Ambient, Dark-ambient Tracklist 1 Seward Leaf 7:02 2 Geiser 5:15 3 Circle 2:38 4 Noatak 8:41 5 Point Hope 7:16 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boards of Canada - Hooper Bay Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- boc-a-few-old-tunes Artist - Boards of Canada Album - A Few Old Tunes Release Date - 1996 Genre - Electronica, Ambient, Dark-ambient Tracklist A1 Spectrum 2:17 A2 Light, Clear Hair 0:41 A3 P.C. 0:49 A4 Trapped 3:48 A5 Rodox Video 1:19 A6 Happy Cycling 1:15 A7 House of Abin'adab 1:56 A8 Finity 4:58 A9 Forest Moon 6:36 A10 Skimming Stones 2:13 A11 Carcan 1:50 A12 Devil 0:13 A13 Mansel 5:37 A14 She Is P 3:42 A15 Davie Addison 1:13 B1 Sac 1:21 B2 Blockbusters 0:41 B3 I Will Get It Tattooed 1:37 B4 The Way You Show 2:53 B5 I Love U 1:35 B6 King of Carnival 4:21 B7 M9 3:30 B8 Original Nlogax 1:13 B9 Sequoia 4:44 B10 Boqurant 1:42 B11 5.9.78 4:09 B12 Wendy Miller 0:32 B13 Paul Russell's Piece 0:53 B14 Up the March Bank 3:22 B15 Nova Scotia Robots 1:47 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boards of Canada - A Few Old tunes Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- boc-boc-maxima Artist - Boards of Canada Album - Boc Maxima Release Date - 1996 Genre - Electronica, Ambient, Dark-ambient Tracklist 01 Wildlife Analysis 1:37 02 Chinook 4:39 03 Rodox Video 0:33 04 Everything You Do Is A Balloon 6:58 05 Boc Maxima 1:36 06 Roygbiv 2:23 07 Nova Scotia Robots 1:21 08 June 9th 5:15 09 Niagara 0:51 10 Skimming Stones 2:06 11 Sixtyniner 5:07 12 Red Moss 6:22 13 Concourse 1:41 14 Carcan 1:48 15 Nlogax 5:12 16 M9 3:40 17 Original Nlogax 1:09 18 Turquoise Hexagon Sun 5:06 19 Whitewater 6:18 20 One Very Important Thought 1:05 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boards of Canada - Boc Maxima Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- boc-old-tunes-vol-2 Artist - Boards of Canada Album - Old Tunes Vol. 2 Release Date - 1996 Genre - Electronica, Ambient, Dark-ambient Tracklist A1 We've Started Up 5:39 A2 Jimbo Rehearsing 0:35 A3 Staircase Whip 2:14 A4 Statue of Liberty 1:52 A5 Dave (I'm a Real Traditionalist) 1:50 A6 Peace-Tony-Devil 0:18 A7 To the Wind 2:30 A8 Iraq Says 0:38 A9 Nine-Rubber Wisdom 1:20 A10 On a Rolling Sea 1:34 A11 Iced Cooly Beatnik 0:36 A12 David Came to Mahana'im 4:39 A13 Sir Prancelot Brainfire 2:51 A14 North Sea Arbeit 1:12 A15 Mushyz 0:35 A16 Heysanna Hosanna 0:59 A17 Fly in the Pool 0:51 A18 Mukhinabaht 5:05 A19 It's a Whole 'Nother Year 2:00 B1 Kiteracer 2 2:29 B2 BMX Track 5:05 B3 Hiscores 3:38 B4 Geometric Piss 0:51 B5 Zander Two 3:59 B6 Magic Teens 3:00 B7 Apparatus 0:33 B8 Music for Pylons 1:12 B9 Alpha Rainbow 1:12 B10 Northern Plastics 1:55 B11 Buckie High 5:16 B12 I Love My New Shears 3:11 B13 Solarium 0:22 B14 Breaking Nehushtan 2:41 B15 Orange Hexagon Sun 2:22 B16 Lick 2:39 B17 Powerline Misfortune 1:15 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boards of Canada - Old Tunes Vol. 2 Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- boards-of-canada-hi-scores Artist - Boards of Canada Album - Hi Scores Release Date - 1996 Genre - Electronica, Ambient, Dark-ambient Tracklist 1 Hi Scores 4:57 2 Turquoise Hexagon Sun 5:08 3 Nlogax 6:53 4 June 9th 5:18 5 Seeya Later 4:12 6 Everything You Do Is a Balloon 7:03 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boards of Canada - Hi Scores Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- boards-of-canada-aquarius-chinook Artist - Boards of Canada Album - Aquarius / Chinook Release Date - 1998 Genre - Electronica, Ambient, Dark-ambient Tracklist A Aquarius 5:58 B Chinook 7:16 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boards of Canada - Aquarius / Chinook Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- boc-music-has-the-right-to-children Artist - Boards of Canada Album - Music Has Right To Children Release Date - 1998 Genre - Electronica, Ambient, Dark-ambient Tracklist 01 Wildlife Analysis 1:19 02 An Eagle in Your Mind 6:25 03 The Color of the Fire 1:47 04 Telephasic Workshop 6:37 05 Triangles & Rhombuses 1:52 06 Sixtyten 5:50 07 Turquoise Hexagon Sun 5:07 08 Kaini Industries 1:01 09 Bocuma 1:38 10 Roygbiv 2:33 11 Rue the Whirl 6:41 12 Aquarius 6:00 13 Olson 1:33 14 Pete Standing Alone 6:07 15 Smokes Quantity 3:07 16 Open the Light 4:26 17 One Very Important Thought 1:20 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- boards-of-canada-peel-session Artist - Boards of Canada Album - Peel Session Release Date - 1999 Genre - Electronica, Ambient, Dark-ambient Tracklist 1 Aquarius (Version 3) 6:24 2 Happy Cycling 7:56 3 Olson (Version 3) 2:31 4 XYZ 8:07 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boards of Canada - Peel Session Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- boc-in-a-beautiful-place-out-in-the-country Artist - Boards of Canada Album - In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country Release Date - 2000 Genre - Electronica, Ambient, Dark-ambient Tracklist 1 Kid for Today 6:23 2 Amo Bishop Roden 6:16 3 In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country 6:07 4 Zoetrope 5:18 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boards of Canada - In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- boards-of-canada-disengage Artist - Boards of Canada Album - Disengage Release Date - 2002 Genre - Electronica, Ambient, Dark-ambient Tracklist 1. Side A 21:37 2. Side B 18:08 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boards of Canada - Disengage Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- boards-of-canada-geogaddi Artist - Boards of Canada Album - Geogaddi Release Date - 2002 Genre - Electronica, Ambient, Dark-ambient Tracklist 01 Ready Lets Go 0:59 02 Music Is Math 5:21 03 Beware the Friendly Stranger 0:37 04 Gyroscope 3:34 05 Dandelion 1:15 06 Sunshine Recorder 6:12 07 In the Annexe 1:22 08 Julie and Candy 5:30 09 The Smallest Weird Number 1:17 10 1969 4:20 11 Energy Warning 0:35 12 The Beach at Redpoint 4:18 13 Opening the Mouth 1:11 14 Alpha and Omega 7:02 15 I Saw Drones 0:27 16 The Devil Is in the Details 3:53 17 A Is to B as B Is to C 1:40 18 Over the Horizon Radar 1:08 19 Dawn Chorus 3:55 20 Diving Station 1:26 21 You Could Feel the Sky 5:14 22 Corsair 2:52 23 Magic Window 1:43 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boards of Canada - Geogaddi Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- boc-the-campfire-headphase Artist - Boards of Canada Album - The Campfire Headphase Release Date - 2005 Genre - Electronica, Ambient, Dark-ambient Tracklist 01 Into the Rainbow Vein 0:44 02 Chromakey Dreamcoat 5:47 03 Satellite Anthem Icarus 6:04 04 Peacock Tail 5:24 05 Dayvan Cowboy 5:00 06 A Moment of Clarity 0:51 07 '84 Pontiac Dream 3:49 08 Sherbet Head 2:41 09 Oscar See Through Red Eye 5:08 10 Ataronchronon 1:14 11 Hey Saturday Sun 4:56 12 Constants Are Changing 1:42 13 Slow This Bird Down 6:09 14 Tears From the Compound Eye 4:03 15 Farewell Fire 8:26 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boards of Canada - The Campfire Headphase Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- boards-of-canada-twoism Artist - Boards of Canada Album - Twoism Release Date - 2005 Genre - Electronica, Ambient, Dark-ambient Tracklist A1 Sixtyniner 5:17 A2 Oirectine 5:11 A3 Iced Cooly 2:22 A4 Basefree 6:31 B1 Twoism 6:05 B2 Seeya Later 4:33 B3 Melissa Juice 1:32 B4 Smokes Quantity 3:10 B5 1986 Summer Fire (unlisted) 1:36 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boards of Canada - Twoism Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- boc-trans-canada-highway Artist - Boards of Canada Album - Trans Canada Highway Release Date - 2006 Genre - Electronica, Ambient, Dark-ambient Tracklist 1 Dayvan Cowboy 5:01 2 Left Side Drive 5:20 3 Heard From Telegraph Lines 1:09 4 Skyliner 5:40 5 Under the Coke Sign 1:31 6 Dayvan Cowboy (Odd Nosdam Remix) 9:19 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Boards of Canada - Trans Canada Highway Password - SirensSound.blogspot.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Recommendations: T.B.S.N | Melodium | Ulver | Salvator | Worrieaboutsatan -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- BOC --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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