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Studio album by Boards of Canada
Released 13 February 2002 (2002-02-13) (Japan)
18 February 2002 (2002-02-18) (Europe)
19 February 2002 (2002-02-19) (USA)
Recorded Hexagon Sun studio
Pentland Hills, Scotland
Genre Electronic[1]
Length 66:06 (standard)
68:14 (Japanese)
Label Warp WARP101
Producer Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin
Boards of Canada chronology
In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country
The Campfire Headphase

Geogaddi is the second album by Boards of Canada, released in February 2002. It presents a darker sound than its predecessor Music Has the Right to Children. Regarding the title, the band claimed that it has a definite meaning, but that they wanted listeners to decide on their own interpretations.[2]


The album is available in three formats: Standard jewel case CD packaging, limited edition hardbound book packaged with a CD and extra artwork enclosed, and a triple record package.[3] Side F of the vinyl package, with the track "Magic Window" (which consists of nearly two minutes of silence), is uncut and contains a visible etching of a nuclear family.[3][4]

The artwork of the album carries a distinct kaleidoscopic motif. The limited edition version comes with a 12-page booklet exhibiting artwork.[5]

The band received the idea to make the track time total 66 minutes and 6 seconds from Warp Records president Steve Beckett, his reasoning being to joke around with the listeners and imply the Devil had created the album.[6]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Stylus Magazine B+[8]
Entertainment Weekly B+[9]
Pitchfork Media 8.6/10[10]
Q 4/5 stars[11]
Uncut 5/5 stars[12]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[13]
Spin 8/10 stars[14]
NME 9/10 stars[15]
Drowned in Sound 9/10 stars[16]

The album received universal acclaim based on 21 critics' reviews and has a score of 84 out of 100 from Metacritic.[17] Kitty Empire of NME said "Easily the electronic album of the year....Deliciously saturated with the recurring motifs which have marked them out as an individual voice in electronic music...a meeting of the natural with the digital, and here it's eerier than ever before."[18] Pitchfork also gave a positive review while noting the album's lack of change from their earlier debut album saying "While some will complain about Boards of Canada's failure to cover new territory, which puts them apart from the praised eclectic "searchers" of the music scene [...] the rest of us will delight in what we see as a very accomplished album packed with great music."[19] The album appeared on several end of year "best of" lists.[20]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Marcus Eoin and Mike Sandison

No. Title Length
1. "Ready Lets Go"   0:59
2. "Music Is Math"   5:21
3. "Beware the Friendly Stranger"   0:37
4. "Gyroscope"   3:34
5. "Dandelion"   1:15
6. "Sunshine Recorder"   6:12
7. "In the Annexe"   1:22
8. "Julie and Candy"   5:30
9. "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"   1:46
Total length:
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Length
24. "From One Source All Things Depend"   2:10
Total length:


Boards of Canada[edit]

  • Michael Sandison – performer
  • Marcus Eoin – performer


  • Peter Campbell – cover photograph
  • Michael Sandison – producer, artwork, photography
  • Marcus Eoin – producer, artwork, photography


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  2. ^ Pytlik, Mark (February 2002). "The Colour & The Fire". HMV Magazine. Archived from the original on 2002-07-13. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Boards of Canada Discography". 2006. Archived from the original on November 21, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-24. 
  4. ^ "Images for Boards of Canada – Geogaddi". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  5. ^ Warp Records (2002). "Warp Records; Geogaddi". Warp Records. Archived from the original on 2007-05-21. Retrieved 2006-11-24. 
  6. ^ Heiko Hoffmann (2005). "Stirred Up the Ashes". Flavorpill Productions LLC. Archived from the original on 2006-11-21. Retrieved 2006-11-24. 
  7. ^ "Geogaddi Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  8. ^ "Boards of Canada – Geogaddi – Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  9. ^ Entertainment Weekly (3/22/02, p.110) – "...Murky electronic grooves lurch forward llike industrial bilge through a junkyard....Their depth-of-field approach is abstract but has just enough focus to sustain clarity..." – Rating: B+
  10. ^ "Boards of Canada: Geogaddi | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2002-02-21. Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  11. ^ Q (4/02, p.110) – 4 out of 5 stars – "...A labyrinth of melodic and textural twists that enthrals rather than assaults..."
  12. ^ More of the same, only more so. [Apr 2002, p.94]
  13. ^ [1]
  14. ^ Spin (May 2002, pp.120–122) – 8 out of 10 – "...The Scottish duo favors smudgy, just slightly out-of-tune analog synth tones evocative of faded home movies and washed-out photographs....a thoroughly satisfying album..."
  15. ^ NME (Magazine) (2/16/02, p.39) – 9 out of 10 – "...Easily the electronic album of the year....Deliciously saturated with the recurring motifs which have marked them out as an individual voice in electronic music...a meeting of the natural with the digital, and here it's eerier than ever before..."
  16. ^ Anonymous, Adam (2002-02-20). "Album Review: Boards of Canada – Geogaddi / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Retrieved 2014-04-12. 
  17. ^ "Metacritic review of Geogaddi". Metacritic. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  18. ^ "NME review of Geogaddi". NME. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  19. ^ "Pitchfork review of Geogaddi". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 
  20. ^ "Mojo's Best of 2002 album list with Geogaddi at #16". Mojo. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 

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