Music Has the Right to Children

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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 Electronic, ambient techno, IDM
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
Music Has the Right to Children
Peel Session TX 21/07/1998

Music Has the Right to Children is the debut studio album by 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 Hexagon Sun, the duo's personal recording studio.

The songs utilise a number of field recordings and intensive sound manipulation.[1]


"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 featured on the compilation Old Tunes, Vol. 1, where they are separate tracks.

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.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[3]
NME 8/10[4]
Pitchfork Media 10/10[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[7]
Spin 8/10[8]

The album received widespread acclaim upon release.[9][10][11]

Music Has the Right to Children featured at #35 on Pitchfork's "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s" list.[12]

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...".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Marcus Eoin and Mike Sandison

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
Total length:
Bonus track on 1998 U.S. Matador release and 2004 Warp re-release
No. Title Length
18. "Happy Cycling"   7:51
Total length:


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. Retrieved 2006-11-22. 
  2. ^ Bush, John. "Music Has the Right to Children – Boards of Canada". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-1-84609-856-7. 
  4. ^ Crysell, Andy (23 May 1998). "Boards Of Canada – Music Has The Right To Children". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Richardson, Mark (26 April 2004). "Boards of Canada: Music Has the Right to Children". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 90. ISBN 0-743-20169-8. 
  7. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2 November 2002). "Boards of Canada: Music Has the Right to Children". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Taraska, Julie (November 1998). "Boards of Canada: Music Has the Right to Children". Spin 14 (11): 138. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  9. ^ John Bush (1998). "Music Has the Right to Children Overview". All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved 2006-11-22. 
  10. ^ Sal Cinquemani (2002). "Music Review: Music Has the Right to Children". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2006-11-22. 
  11. ^ review at Pitchfork, 2004
  12. ^ "Staff Lists: Top 100 Albums of the 1990s - Features - Pitchfork". 

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