IBM 1401, A User's Manual by Jóhann Jóhannsson

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.

Vinyl Double LP £19.69 DAD2609

Clear vinyl 2LP on 4AD, housed in deluxe gatefold sleeve. Includes two bonus tracks.

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IBM 1401, A User's Manual by Jóhann Jóhannsson
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6/10 Ant 14 November 2006
The JOHANN JOHANNSSON album 'IBM 1401 A Users Manual' has landed in my review pile. It's a thoroughly pleasant album this one. It makes me feel all big and grown up listening to classical music. It's a pipe and slippers job man. This has huge sweeping, epic strings galore and in places is not unlike the soundtrack to a BBC wildlife documentry. If you're feeling the Max Richter album then this is worthy of investigation, although this doesn't evoke the same level of spine tingling emotion. There is a concept to this album about an old IBM computer from 1964 and there is a narrative with operating instructions, hence the title. With the current popularity of the neo-classical genre at the moment no doubt this will be massive. On 4AD.

10/10 matt

Amazing work from a musician who constantly pushes the boundaries of modern classical music. The IBM talk can be a little off-putting from the outside but this is a release that needs more than one listen to be appreciated. The stunning 'The Sun's Gone Dim and the Sky's Turned Black' closes a release that is anything but unmoving but will not be to everyone's ears.

9/10 Ron Customer rating (no review), 22nd February 2018



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