Music Has the Right to Children


Music Has the Right to Children
Music Has the Right to Children
Studio album by Boards of Canada
Released 20 April 1998 (1998-04-20) (Europe)
20 August 1998 (1998-08-20) (U.S.)
Recorded Hexagon Sun studio
Pentland Hills, Scotland
Genre Ambient techno
Length 62:58 (Original UK edition)
70:42 (1998 & 2004 edition)
Label Warp, Skam, Matador
Producer Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin
Boards of Canada chronology
Aquarius
(1998)
Music Has the Right to Children
(1998)
Telephasic Workshop/Roygbiv
(1998)

Music Has the Right to Children is the debut public album of the Scottish electronic music duo Boards of Canada. It was published by Warp Records and released on 20 April 1998 in Europe and 20 August in the United States. The album was produced at the Hexagon Sun, the duo's personal recording studio.

The songs utilize a number of field recordings and intense sound manipulation.[1]

Contents

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Wildlife Analysis"   1:17
2. "An Eagle in Your Mind"   6:23
3. "The Color of the Fire"   1:45
4. "Telephasic Workshop"   6:35
5. "Triangles & Rhombuses"   1:50
6. "Sixtyten"   5:48
7. "Turquoise Hexagon Sun"   5:07
8. "Kaini Industries"   0:59
9. "Bocuma"   1:35
10. "Roygbiv"   2:31
11. "Rue the Whirl"   6:39
12. "Aquarius"   5:58
13. "Olson"   1:31
14. "Pete Standing Alone"   6:07
15. "Smokes Quantity"   3:07
16. "Open the Light"   4:25
17. "One Very Important Thought"   1:14
Bonus track on 1998 U.S. Matador release and 2004 Warp re-release
No. Title Length
18. "Happy Cycling"   7:51

Trivia

  • "Smokes Quantity" first appeared on Twoism in 1995, and many other tracks appear on Boc Maxima, albeit in different forms.
  • "The Color of the Fire" first appeared in a shorter form on A Few Old Tunes as "I Love U".
  • The short songs appended to the end of "Triangles and Rhombuses" and "Sixtyten" predate the album and were later featured on the unofficial compilation Old Tunes, Vol. 1, where they are separate tracks.
  • "Sixtyten" is how one would say "70" in the French language. 70 is the smallest weird number. A track found on their next album is called "The Smallest Weird Number" and is possibly a reference to the Boards of Canada's own music label, Music70.
  • "Pete Standing Alone" is the name of a Blood Indian who is the subject of a documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada.[2] It is also featured in many episodes of the BBC's motoring show Top Gear.
  • "Roygbiv" is a mnemonic for colours of the visible spectrum.
  • The track "Rue the Whirl" appears in the "Mettle" episode of Spaced.
  • The track "Rue the Whirl" appears in a 2007 Mercedes Benz advertisement
  • The track "Kaini Industries" was covered by Bibio for the Warp Records compilation Warp20 (Recreated) in 2009.
  • The track "Aquarius" uses a sample from Galt MacDermot's "Aquarius" from the soundtrack of the 1979 musical film Hair.
  • The track "Happy Cycling" was mistakenly left off 500 copies of the initial North American release of the album despite the artwork indicating that the song was included.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Pitchfork Media (10.0/10, 2004 re-release) [3]
Allmusic 5/5 stars [4]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars [5]

The album received widespread acclaim upon release.[6][7][8]

It was ranked #91 in Mojo's 100 Modern Classics – "[T]hey took electronica into space. Cleverly referencing the esoteric side of '70s Test Card music in all its trippy glory."

Q Magazine called it "[A] thing of wonder....The aural equivalent of old Super 8 movies...".

Notes

Digipak-style packaging for the 2004 edition of Music Has the Right to Children
  1. ^ Ariel Kyrou & Jean-Yves Leloup (1998). "Two Aesthetes of Electronic Music". Virgin Megaweb. http://bocpages.org/wiki/Interviews#1998-06:_Virgin_Megaweb. Retrieved 2006-11-22. 
  2. ^ National Film Board of Canada (1982). NFB: "Pete Standing Alone". National Film Board of Canada. http://www.nfb.ca/trouverunfilm/fichefilm.php?id=13730&v=h&lg=en&exp= NFB:. Retrieved 2006-11-23. 
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Allmusic Review
  5. ^ Slant Magazine Review
  6. ^ John Bush (1998). "Music Has the Right to Children Overview". All Media Guide, LLC. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r354861. Retrieved 2006-11-22. 
  7. ^ Sal Cinquemani (2002). "Music Review: Music Has the Right to Children". Slant Magazine. http://www.slantmagazine.com/music/music_review.asp?ID=255. Retrieved 2006-11-22. 
  8. ^ review at Pitchfork, 2004

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