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Jóhann Jóhannsson – IBM 1401, A User’s Manual

IBM 1401, A User’s Manual

Label: 4AD
Format: CD
Country: UK
Released: 2006
Genre: Classical, Electronic
Style: Modern Classical



Comes in a four-panel digipak with a liner notes paper sticked inside.

The orchestra was recorded at Barrandov Studios, Smecky Soundstage in Prague in September 2005.

Additional recordings were made in Reykjavik, Skálholt, Florence, Madrid, Zurich, Piran and Rennes during the period 2003-2006. Mixed in Syrland, Reykjavik in February 2006.

Mastered in Abbey Road.

Tracks two and three feature the voice of “an unknown instructor from an IBM 1401 Data Processing System maintenance instruction tape found in my father’s attic.”

All electronic sounds were derived from the IBM 1401 Data Processing System and the Hammond B3 organ with Ring Modulator, Distortion and Filter pedals. The music and sounds of the IBM 1401 Data Processing System were recorded by Jóhann Gunnarsson, Örn Kaldalóns and Elías Davídsson in Reykjavik in 1971. The musical fragment played by the computer is from the hymn “Ísland Ögrum Skorid” by Sigvaldi Kaldalóns, used by kind permission.