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.
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.
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.