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Monday July 2, 2007 7:08 pm

IBM Defect Makes Beautiful Music

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Design, Music, PC / Laptop

Who says computers can’t inspire the arts? This awesome music was was composed by Jóhann Jóhannsson, the son of IBM chief maintenance engineer Jóhann Gunnarsson in Iceland who, with his colleagues in the 60’s, began to create music from electromagnetic leakage from an IBM 1401 Data Processing System. When “IBM:1401 A User’s Manual” was born 40 years later, it was originally scored for a 60 piece orchestra. Adapted for piano and Hammond organ, it subsequently went on tour to Wales, Tokyo, Belgium, and Copenhagen last summer. The choreography and interpretive dance is courtesy of Erna Omarsdotti, whose father also worked for IBM.

(Thanks, Stace)


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