Music Has the Right to Children: An Appreciation

October 24th, 2006

I wasn’t down with Boards of Canada’s album “Music Has the Right to Children” the first time I gave it a spin in 2000. I thought the beats were lazy and the production sloppy. But over the years, I’ve come to admire the quirkiness of the album. Part of the admiration probably stems from the manufactured mystic surrounding brothers Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin, often featured in out of focus pictures wearing heavy winter jackets. It’s also rumored they live communally in an abandon bunker somewhere along Pentland Hills outside of Edinburgh, Scotland. And BOC loves super 8, which of course makes them ace in my book, and the BOC name was inspired by The National Film Board of Canada (educational films are another obsession of mine). One of the things that I’ve come to really enjoy about BOC is their experimental ethic. I think my expectation that BOC would somehow slip under the generic IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) umbrella is what initially turned me off to MHTRTC on first listen. My guess is BOC will go down in history as electronic music innovators – right up there with Kraftwerk and Brian Eno.

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  • 1. Eric  |  October 27th, 2006 at 8:04 am

    Just ’cause I know you’re a YouTube junkie, Ned (aren’t we all), here’s this slice of BOC goodness. The video is not by them, only the song, but I can’t help but comment on how righteous those 70s style graphic elements are and how well they pair with BOC’s 70s ubersynth sounds. The creator of the video really nailed it.

  • 2. Ned  |  October 30th, 2006 at 9:10 am

    Hey Eric, thanks for the great link. Love this vid!

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