Icelandic Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Documentary On Creating Music from Old IBMs

For being relatively quiet over the past few years, 2013 has been shaping up to be a busy year for Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson with a slew of film scores, a new documentary, and an upcoming mini-U.S. tour.

After his recent piece “Hz” premiered by Bang on Can All Stars earlier in the year and scoring music for the recent limited-release meditative documentary Free The Mind (soundtrack available now on iTunes), Jóhannsson has been wrapping up music for the upcoming Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal psychological thriller, Prisoners.

Jóhannsson will be heading to Canada and the states in mid-September for four special live performances:

Sept. 8, Toronto, ON – Music Gallery
Sept. 10, New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
Sept. 13, San Francisco, CA – Yoshi’s
Sept. 15, Los Angeles, CA – Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever

That’s not all. Retro-tech aficionados will revel in an intriguing upcoming music documentary by Jóhannsson and Bill Morrison that takes a look at the musical inspiration stirred by the IBM 1401, with music by the Calder Quartet. The documentary entitled IBM14010, A User’s Manual  features new “AM Radio” music created by Jóhannsson himself utilizing the radio feedback of the IBM 1410 and using the actual parts of a 1960’s machine as instruments.

You will never look at your parents’ old Apple II E the same way again.

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