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Boards of Canada Biography

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Birth Place: Edinburgh, Scotland
Years Active: 1986 - present
Genres: Electronic, Ambient, Experimental, Psychedelic, IDM

Boards of Canada is an electronic music duo consisting of brothers Michael Sandison (born June 1, 1970) and Marcus Eoin (born July 21, 1971). The brothers are from Scotland and were raised in a musical family. Both brothers began playing musical instruments at a young age, and experimented with tape machines to layer and cut-up samples over their own compositions. In their teens they participated in a number of amateur bands. However, it was not until 1986 when Marcus was invited to Mike's band that Boards of Canada was born. By 1989, the band had been reduced to Sandison and Eoin.

In 1995 they released the EP, “Twoism.” The duo's independent, self-released debut full-length album, “Boc Maxima” was issued in 1996. Boards Of Canada's first commercial release on the indie label Skam Records, “Hi Scores,” arrived later that same year.

The duo followed up with “Music has the Right to Children” in 1998. In 2000 the duo released a four-track EP, “In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country,” which was met with warm reviews. Their full length album, “Geogaddi” was issued in 2002 and went to #21 on the U.K. Albums chart.

The brothers’ third album on Warp Records, “The Campfire Headphase,” was released in 2005. It reached #41 on the U.K. Albums chart.

“Tomorrow’s Harvest,” the band’s fifth (fourth official) album was released by Warp Records in 2013. The record reached #7 on the U.K. Albums chart and #13 on Billboard 200 Albums chart.