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Johann Johannsson

IBM 1401 A USER’S MANUAL

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very limited deluxe clear 2lp + bonus tracks + download

Released: 8th Dec 2017

£21.99


this delightfully reissued work represents a high-point for the neo-classical genre – as well as an exercise in mysterious cognitive dissonance.

for nestled among johannsson’s soul-stirring string arrangements is original audio extracts from the 1960’s user-manual of the album’s title. the allusion is literal, then, and the effect weirdly haunting, as the archaic ghost of the early computer age floats in and out of view. this poses an intellectual riddle for your mind to turn over whilst the grandest of orchestral music imaginable stops your body dead. essential! “Some theorists claim humans can simulate anything with a computer, even a soul, and with ‘IBM 1401 - A User’s Manual’, Jóhannsson comes chillingly close” 4.5* - slant



 

IBM 1401 A USER’S MANUAL

Tracklist

IBM 1401, A User's Manual

  1. Part 1 / IBM 1401 Processing Unit (8:32)
  2. Part 2 / IBM 1403 Printer (9:32)
  3. Part 3 / IBM 1402 Card Read-Punch (10:23)
  4. Part 4 / IBM 729 II Magnetic Tape Unit (7:15)
  5. Part 5 / The Sun's Gone Dim and the Sky's Turned Black (7:09)


Bonus Tracks
Live with the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra

  1. Part 1 / IBM 1401 Processing Unit
  2. Part 5 / The Sun's Gone Dim and the Sky's Turned Black