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4AD herald the cries of one thousand and one modern classic heads by cutting to vinyl Jóhann Jóhannsson's 2006, overtly sci-fi concept album about an Icelandic computer - IBM 1401 A User's Manual.

With much of Jóhann Jóhannsson's material, we'd usually say its best suited to CD or digital formats. Yet with the incredibly vivid future-past feeling translated within the IBM 1401 A User's Manual (and the fact blown up, the sleeve looks stunning) the retroactive current feels completely at home pressed to vinyl. It's a curious album, to say the least. Flitting between passages of Jóhannsson's richly cinematic yet calmingly tranquil string sections, while the meditative state of mind it demands is punctuated with a rather posh sounding cyberpunk narrative about how to operate an old computer.

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  1. 1 Part 1/ IBM 1401 Processing Unit 8:32 Jóhann Jóhannsson Buy
  2. 2 Part 2/ IBM 1403 Printer 9:32 Jóhann Jóhannsson Buy
  3. 3 Part 3/ IBM 1402 Card Read-Punch 10:23 Jóhann Jóhannsson Buy
  4. 4 Part 4/ IBM 729 II Magnetic Tape Unit 7:15 Jóhann Jóhannsson Buy
  5. 5 Part 5/ The Sun's Gone Dim And The Sky's Turned Black 7:08 Jóhann Jóhannsson Buy

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