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, IBM 1401 A User's Manual 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.
- Part 1/ IBM 1401 Processing Unit
- Part 2/ IBM 1403 Printer
- Part 3/ IBM 1402 Card Read-Punch
- Part 4/ IBM 729 II Magnetic Tape Unit
- Part 5/ The Sun's Gone Dim And The Sky's Turned Black