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 Hexagon Sun, the duo's personal recording studio.

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


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Track listing[edit]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: 62:58
Bonus track on 1998 U.S. Matador release and 2004 Warp re-release
No. Title Length
18. "Happy Cycling"   7:51
Total length: 70:42


"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 [2] [3]
Drowned in Sound 9/10[4]
Pitchfork Media 10/10[5]
Slant Magazine [6]

The album received widespread acclaim upon release.[7][8][9]

Music Has the Right to Children featured at #35 on Pitchfork's "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s" list.[10]

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...".

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