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Musical Pairings: Boards of Canada – Geogaddi (paired with blood orange and pickled onion salad with gray sea salt)

Today’s recipe on eating/sf is a blood orange and pickled onion salad with gray sea salt. It features sophisticated ingredients and strong flavors. It is tangy and citrus-y, but well balanced with the pickled onions and gray sea salt. Boards of Canada‘s 2002 IDM masterpiece, Geogaddi, is my choice for a pairing with this recipe because it is also sophisticated and balanced with strong textures and music.

Boards of Canada is an experimental electronica duo that consists of Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin. Geogaddi picks up and moves forward from where the duo left-off on their 1998 Music Has A Right To Children. That is to say that Geogaddi is minimal, beautiful, textured down-tempo electronica, but is less likely to invoke childhood nostalgia that its predecessor. Nonetheless, the soundscapes on Geogaddi are as evocative and lovely as ever. Like the album art that accompanies the record, the music on Geogaddi is kaleidoscopic: warbling synths covered by waves of tape hiss and crackle split into fractions and blend, sometimes disorientingly, with more organic sounding instruments such as flutes, woodwind instruments and taught percussion. Although they still sample children’s voices to create a wistful feeling, they also sample Liam Nielsen, ghostly moans, and occasionally some very dark vocal cut-ups. This is another album that rewards the use of a good pair of headphones and a little concentration. It is out of print on wax, but you can still purchase a digital copy at iTunes or Amazon.

Boards of Canada – Sunshine Recorder

Head back to eating/sf to read the recipe for blood orange, pickled onion & gray sea salt salad.