jóhann jóhannsson IBM 1401, a User's Manual (clear vinyl double LP, £19.75)label: 4ad
First ever vinyl pressing of Johann’s 2006 album in a deluxe gatefold sleeve, with two bonus tracks and digital download code included. ‘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 longstanding 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 Skoriđ’ 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. 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.
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