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.


Nathan Fake – The Sky Was Pink

The Sky Was Pink

Label: Border Community
Format: Vinyl, 12″
Country: UK
Released: Aug 2004
Genre: Electronic
Style: Leftfield, Progressive House, IDM, Downtempo, Minimal

Of course, the remix of James Holden is absolutely self-dependent track on this release. With its help the world has got to know the name of N. Fake. Of course, if a moment of inspiration of J. Holden would have concurred with appearance of another track, not Fake’s, the world would have got similar masterpiece. In support of this – Holden’s Techno Tool Remix is based absolutely on Holden’s main remix. The Dancefloor has got a similar example – Timo Maas with his remix of Azzido Da Bass “Dooms Night” (have you ever heard the original version?).

But it’s not fair not to keep in mind the Fake’s creation. It should be named here – Original Live Take and Icelandic Version. Beautiful (!) melodic progressive downtempo tracks with especial FX, catchy melodie, exclusive IDM-like production. Master’s at work!

Review by IntelliGiant []