Wednesday, December 13

Current favourite album:


IBM 1401 A User’s Manual

Deze plaat heb ik opgepikt uit de WIRED van november. Hele intrigerende en vooral mooie, half elektronische, half klassieke muziek van de IJslandse componist Johann Johannson, deels gemaakt door een geprogrammeerde IBM 1401 mainframe computer uit de seventies:

Inspired by a recording of an IBM mainframe computer which Jóhann’s father, Jóhann Gunnarsson, made on a reel-to-reel tape machine more than 30 years ago, the piece was originally written to be performed by a string quartet as the accompaniment to a dance piece by the choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir. For the album version, Jóhann rewrote the entire score, and it was recorded by a sixty-piece string orchestra. He also added a new final section and incorporated electronics alongside those original tape recordings of the singing computer.

Meer over hem en over dit unieke project vind je hier (het lezen en vooral luisteren waard!):


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