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Jóhann Jóhannsson: Jóhann Jóhannsson: ibm 1401, a user's manual [Digipak]

Audio Samples

>IBM 1401: A User's Manual, for orchestra & tape: Processing Unit
>IBM 1401: A User's Manual, for orchestra & tape: Printer
>IBM 1401: A User's Manual, for orchestra & tape: Card Read-Punch
>IBM 1401: A User's Manual, for orchestra & tape: Magnetic Tape Punch
>IBM 1401: A User's Manual, for orchestra & tape: the sun's gone dim and the sky's turned black

Track List

>IBM 1401: A User's Manual, for orchestra & tape: Processing Unit
>IBM 1401: A User's Manual, for orchestra & tape: Printer
>IBM 1401: A User's Manual, for orchestra & tape: Card Read-Punch
>IBM 1401: A User's Manual, for orchestra & tape: Magnetic Tape Punch
>IBM 1401: A User's Manual, for orchestra & tape: the sun's gone dim and the sky's turned black

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

The first album for 4AD from this Icelandic composer is an expanded version of a performance piece originally written for the dancer and choreographer Erna Omarsdottir, and which has been performed in more than 40 European cities. This new incarnation was scored for a 60-piece string orchestra and the four original movements were joined by a completely new finale. The final mix incorporates electronics and vintage reel-to-reel recordings of the IBM 1401 mainframe computer which inspired the piece in the first place. "Essential for all fans of stately ambience" - Uncut. "Some of the pieces recall the similarly melancholy electronic touch that infused the most desolate moments of Radiohead's 'Kid A'" - Pitchfork.



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