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IBM 1401, A User’s Manual: Clear Vinyl
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- Release Date 08 December 2017
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- Double Vinyl LP
First ever vinyl pressing of Johann’s 2006 album in a deluxe gatefold sleeve, clear vinyl double LP with two bonus tracks and digital download code included.
Never before pressed on vinyl, ‘IBM 1401, A User’s Manual’ is one of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s most loved works. Released in 2006, the decade since its release has seen Jóhann establish himself as one of the most important composers in the world today, most notably scoring movies such as ‘Arrival’, ‘Sicario’ and ‘The Theory Of Everything’.
Inspired by the work his father did in the Sixties when chief maintenance engineer of one of Iceland’s first computers, Jóhann originally wrote ‘IBM 1401, A User’s Manual’ to accompany a dance piece by long-standing collaborator and friend Erna Ómarsdóttir. For this album release, he rewrote it for a sixty-piece string orchestra, with a new final movement (built around a poem by Dorothy Parker) and incorporating both electronics and reel-to-reel recordings made by his father and friends in 1971 of an enormous IBM 1401 mainframe computer singing the hymn ‘Ísland Ögrum Skorið’ by Sigvaldi Kaldalóns as it was being decommissioned.
The first ever vinyl pressing of ‘IBM 1401, A User’s Manual’ comes in a deluxe sleeve, having been reworked by Chris Bigg (v23) from his original design. Pressed on clear vinyl, two album tracks recorded in 2010 with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra at the Rudolfinum, Dvorák Hall in Prague have also been added and are exclusive to this release.
|1||IBM 1401, A User's Manual|
|2||Part 1 / IBM 1401 Processing Unit|
|3||Part 2 / IBM 1403 Printer|
|4||Part 3 / IBM 1402 Card Read-Punch|
|5||Part 4 / IBM 729 II Magnetic Tape Unit|
|6||Part 5 / The Sun’s Gone Dim and the Sky’s Turned Black|
|7||Part 1 / IBM 1401 Processing Unit (live with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)|
|8||Part 5 / The Sun’s Gone Dim and the Sky’s Turned Black (live with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra)|
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