The Soothing Music of ‘IBM 1401: A User’s Manual’

Speaking of the 1401, are Holiday preparations leaving you a feeling a bit stressed? Here is an artistic interpretation of the soothing musical interpretation of the IBM 1401, the 2006 composition “IBM 1401: A User’s Manual” (http://www.ausersmanual.org/) by Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson.  This is a video by Magnus Helgasun.

http://youtu.be/tBw_wSoVQrY

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.

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The December 2012 theme for The Greater IBM Connection is ‘corporate history’, and Paul Lasewicz, IBM Corporate Archivist, will be sharing with us some of the highlights from IBM’s history.

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Paul Lasewicz, IBM Corporate Archivist

Paul Lasewicz, IBM Corporate Archivist

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