Johann Johannsson Vinyl, CD & tapes by Johann Johannsson at Norman Records

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Jóhann Jóhannsson
Retrospective II

Revered Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson sadly passed away in 2018. 'Retrospective II', which follows on from 2019's 'Retrospective', includes Jóhannsson's soundtracks for 'Sicario', 'Arrival' and 'The Theory of Everything' along with collaborations with Vikingur Ólafsson, Ryuichi Sakamoto and A Winged Victory For The Sullen. Also featured in addition to 'Retrospective II's eight (yes eight) CDs is a DVD which covers Jóhannsson's December 2016 concert at Berlin's Funkhaus.

Jóhann Jóhannsson & Yair Elazar Glotman
Last and First Men

Composer extraordinaire Jóhann Jóhannsson had been working on Last and First Men since 2010 but at the time of his untimely death in 2018 had yet to finish it. Berlin composer Yair Elazar Glotman helped to finish the piece which is a multimedia project with a film and narration by Tilda Swinton. An ambitious work which serves as a perfect epitaph.  

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Fordlândia

Fordlândia is one of Jóhann Jóhannsson's lesser known works having only been available in a limited pressing.  The title references Henry Ford's disastrous rubber plantation (there's a good name for a band by the way) which he abandoned in the mid '20s. The music is a typically gorgeous mesh of electronics and orchestral sounds that seem at times disparate but come together as the two separate themes merge into one.  
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Personal Effects (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The original soundtrack for David Hollander’s 2008 romantic drama film Personal Effects, scored by Jóhann Jóhannsson. Based on Rick Moody’s short story ‘Mansion On The Hill’, it tells the story of a young wrestler (Ashton Kutcher) who, trying to come to terms with the horrific murder of his sister, forges a romantic connection with an older woman (Michelle Pfeiffer). 

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Virðulegu forsetar

Don’t be fooled by the fact that ‘Virðulegu Forsetar’, which translates as ‘Honorable Presidents’ for those who’ve forgotten their GCSE Icelandic, is listed as being in four parts - the division of this hour-long work into quarters is purely for technical reasons. Taken as a whole this is beatific and gorgeous stuff from the late Jóhann Jóhannsson, a droning brass-led ambience that combines Steve Reich’s phasing techniques with the cerebral bliss of Arvo Pärt.

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The Theory of Everything

The modestly titled Theory Of Everything is the latest astrophysical blockbuster about the life and times of renowned scientist Stephen Hawking. Chronicling his life in both the personal and professional sphere, it needs one of those minimal but ultimately touching soundtracks, and composer Jóhann Jóhannsson steps up to the plate to provide one, creating nuanced but detailed works typical of his style.

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Arrival (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Jóhann Jóhannsson is known for his modern composition skills, often working with stately piano and subtle electronics. But for his original soundtrack to the big new film Arrival, he follows the plot’s lead by centering his compositions around the voice. The results can sometimes recall Holly Herndon relocated to a dramatic orchestral context: e.g. really rather interesting. CD release on Deutsche Grammophon.

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Mandy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

The horror film Mandy, directed by Panos Cosmatos and starring Nicholas “Not the bees” Cage, was the late Jóhann Jóhannsson’s final film score commission. Easily as equipped to convey the intense unease required of a horror film soundtrack as the pathos of its more melancholy stages, Jóhannsson also enlists Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O))) on guitar.

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The Mercy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Aside from his solo output and numerous collaborations, Jóhann Jóhannsson has been growing a long list of film scores, including Arrival, Prisoners, and The Theory Of Everything. His latest is this score for James Marsh’s The Mercy, about the infamous sailing voyage of Donald Crowhurst. Released on Deutsche Grammophon.

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Orphée

Night in with some wine for this one. One of the greats of modern classical, Johann Johannsson, returns with a new studio album after 6 years of soundtracks and collaborative efforts. Cinematic and immersive, Johannsson uses electronics, ambient textures and drones around masterful piano and string pieces. For fans of Max Richter, Nils Frahm, A Winged Victory for the Sullen.

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Englabörn & Variations

Ah this is sad. Johann Johannsson was personally involved with the preparation of this re-issue of his debut album in the weeks before his untimely death.  After consultation with his family it's been decided that the re-issue should go ahead and this works as a lovely tribute to the man. It now comes re-mastered and with a bonus set of re-workings some by Johannsson himself.   

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IBM 1401, A User's Manual

The late Johann Johannsson did a great many great things over the course of his career. Among them was this album, one of the most emotionally intense records with one of the most emotionally detached titles. IBM 1401, A User’s Manual pays tribute to the composer’s father using recordings of the titular computer and some seriously luscious and emotive string arrangements. A modern classic.

Jóhann Jóhannsson with Hildur Guðnadóttir & Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
End of Summer

Jóhann Jóhannsson has made a film, a collage of super 8 footage of his Antarctic travels. The film is accompanied by an ethereal, suitably icy soundtrack by Jóhann himself, working with wonderful cellist Hildur Gudna∂óttir and Robert Aiki Aubrey Low. This CD+DVD set of End of Summer gives you both sides of the project. On Sonic Pieces.
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Jóhann Jóhannsson
Retrospective I

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Jóhann Jóhannsson & BJ Nilsen
I Am Here

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Englaborn

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Prisoners (Original Score)

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Copenhagen Dreams

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The Miners' Hymns

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And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound O

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And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees

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The Sun's Gone Dim And The Sky's Turned Black

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Viroulegu Forsetar

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