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IBM 1401 A User's Manual

IBM 1401 A User's Manual by Johann Johannsson
Released: Oct 2006
Label: 4ad
Icelandic composer Johann Johannson's IBM 1401: A User's Manual is a modern classical OK Computer. Using 30-year-old tapes from the first commercially available computer in his country, Johannsson's work is a string and sample elegy for outmoded technology, future nostalgia and that pie-eyed mid-century idea of progress. At times recalling Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, at times homeland pals Sigur Ros, Johannsson's IBM 1401 smiles on yesterday's landscapes full of humming, bleeping boxes.
Daphne Carr

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