Edinburgh, United Kingdom (1986 – present)
Boards of Canada are an electronic music duo from Edinburgh, Scotland, composed of brothers Mike Sandison
(b. 1 June 1970) and Marcus Eoin
(b. 21 July 1971). They have released a number of works, most notably Music Has the Right to Children
, 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 theambient, 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.