IBM 1401 A User's Manual

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IBM 1401 A User's Manual 44:06 $11.98
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1 Part 1/ IBM 1401 Processing Unit 8:47 44.1/16 Album only
2 Part 2/ IBM 1403 Printer 9:47 44.1/16 Album only
3 Part 3/ IBM 1402 Card Read-Punch 10:38 44.1/16 Album only
4 Part 4/ IBM 729 II Magnetic Tape Unit 7:30 44.1/16 Album only
5 Part 5/ The Sun's Gone Dim And The Sky's Turned Black 7:24 44.1/16 Album only

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Jóhann Jóhannsson is an Icelandic musician, composer, producer and an active member of the country’s artistic community (as the founder of the Kitchen Motors label / think tank / art collective, founder member of Apparat Organ Quartet and also as a serial collaborator).

Jóhann’s stately and hauntingly melodic music has been quietly bewitching listeners for some time and his new album, IBM 1401, A User’s Manual - his most ambitiously-orchestrated composition to date – is sure to expand his audience still further.

Inspired by a recording of an IBM mainframe computer which Jóhann’s father, Jóhann Gunnarsson, made on a reel-to-reel tape machine more than 30 years ago, the piece was originally written to be performed by a string quartet as the accompaniment to a dance piece by the choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir. For the album version, Jóhann rewrote the entire score, and it was recorded by a sixty-piece string orchestra. He also added a new final section and incorporated electronics alongside those original tape recordings of the singing computer.