Johann Johannsson On 4AD?

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hatch, why didn't you ask me these questions yesterday?

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 12 May 2006 20:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Duuuuude, I just now found out about it! I didn't know yesterday! Spill the beans! Will there be vinyl? Will it be as awesome as it sounds from the description?

Hatch (Hatch), Friday, 12 May 2006 20:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

no release date as of yet. probably no vinyl either.

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 12 May 2006 20:25 (eleven years ago) Permalink

his name has been on the 4ad site for a while

kyle (akmonday), Friday, 12 May 2006 22:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

this will happen...yes...he has signed on.

from his website,

Johann´s new album, IBM 1401, a user´s manual, was mastered at Abbey Road in March and will be out worldwide in August on 4AD. Johann will tour with his ensemble in the autumn to follow the album, including a tour of the UK in November and some dates in Europe. More info on that soon. Johann has been touring with the stage version of the piece (with choreographer Erna Omarsdottir) since 2002, with recent dates in Tallinn, Budapest, Lyon, Freiburg and Zurich. More dates of IBM 1401 performances will be added here soon. Erna and Johann are currently busy with their new work-in-progress, Mysteries of Love, which is being booked around Europe in the next few months also.

Posted on 08.04.06

Arnar Eggert Thoroddsen (arnart1802), Saturday, 13 May 2006 20:38 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
Anyone heard this? I'm just starting to listen now...

jackl (jackl), Friday, 29 September 2006 13:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I'm not really into the uber-retro samples of people reading from an IBM manual but the music itself is very very nice.

Hatch (Hatch), Friday, 29 September 2006 14:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

you got a copy hatch? i can you get the art promo.

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 29 September 2006 15:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
"the sun's gone dim..." sounds like an instrumental of one of dead can dance's duller moments

electric sound of jim [and why not] (electricsound), Thursday, 23 November 2006 10:51 (eleven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
I took a listen to this album last night on recommendation from both Mojo and Grimly Fiendish...I was taken aback at the sheer intensity of it...well above a lot of other stuff, I'd say, and that includes the new Eluvium album.

I do feel this album is in the spirit of the good old fashioned 4AD aesthetic, thank you very much.

Bimble, Tuesday, 20 March 2007 05:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

i was taken aback by my immediate emotional response to and connection with this album; it is quite, quite incredible. once you read the back-story about how johannsson's dad got this computer to make music, it becomes heartbreakingly wonderful. a very special album, and one that's up there with my all-time greats already.

(bimble: i owe you a decently sized e-mail, and i shall write it soon!)

grimly fiendish, Thursday, 22 March 2007 23:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Fordlandia is out today. According to his MySpace page, this is the second in a planned trilogy that started with IBM 1401.

Always nice to have (and sate) the release date anticipation.

scampering alpaca, Tuesday, 4 November 2008 15:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Listening to it now for the first time. Mesmerised (which maybe isn't good, because I'm trying to finish a lab report at the same time). Really, this is gorgeous. Hopefully I'll have more to say on it anon.

grimly fiendish, Wednesday, 26 November 2008 11:48 (nine years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

anyone heard And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees?

and, importantly, know where to get hold of a copy?

djh, Monday, 10 August 2009 17:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

Varmint is nice.

djh, Saturday, 22 August 2009 19:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Tell me more about this guy, like where to start and where to stop

lol goat on table (admrl), Monday, 26 September 2011 22:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Viroulegu Forsetar was the first thing of his I ever heard and it worked pretty well on me, so I say start there.

punk rock hyrax (jamescobo), Monday, 26 September 2011 22:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Likewise, Viroulegu Forsetar was the first thing I heard, and I still like it best. The IBM piece I agree with the person upthread that the spoken parts are distracting. Fordlandia is good. There may be an element of diminishing returns with Johannsson, he kind of has one register and he sticks to it, but I do think Viroulegu Forsetar makes for pretty mesmerising headphone music.

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 00:13 (six years ago) Permalink

Didn't enjoy it when I saw him live, at all.

All the Touch and 4AD releases are worth hearing.

djh, Tuesday, 27 September 2011 06:51 (six years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Has anyone kept up to date? Not heard anything since The Miners' Hymns.

djh, Saturday, 12 April 2014 21:11 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Perhaps I'm being an idiot but has the Trapped soundtrack not been released?

djh, Thursday, 26 May 2016 21:17 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Cheeky fucker, I'd sue If I was Muhly

MaresNest, Monday, 16 January 2017 13:53 (one year ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

The Guardian has reported that Hans Zimmer has replaced JJ as the composer for the new Blade Runner.

Anyone know the story there?

djh, Thursday, 28 September 2017 19:02 (four months ago) Permalink

It's been discussed on the Blade Runner or Boomkat Classical threads iirc? Can't say anyone really knew the whole story though.

Le Bateau Ivre, Thursday, 28 September 2017 20:17 (four months ago) Permalink

Esp as he must be under a strict NDA

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 28 September 2017 20:42 (four months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I have to confess I chuckled at the Boomkat review of his The Mercy soundtrack:

Prolific composer Jóhann Jóhannsson provides the sonic impetus to The Mercy - a torrid looking dramatisation of a boat race by and starring gurning posh people, namely Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz - with a suitably Hollywood-styled orchestral suite brimming with romantic smugness and some sense of thwarted glory.

djh, Saturday, 3 February 2018 21:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Absolute shocker. He has passed on:

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 February 2018 17:26 (one week ago) Permalink

blasting Fordlandia today in memory.

Simon H., Saturday, 10 February 2018 17:57 (one week ago) Permalink

Ugh says he was missing for a few days and then they found him.

omar little, Saturday, 10 February 2018 18:01 (one week ago) Permalink

Lord. Where'd you see that, omar?

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 February 2018 18:04 (one week ago) Permalink

Never mind, saw a mention on Indiewire, but that sounds more rumor-like.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 February 2018 18:05 (one week ago) Permalink

Yes take it with a grain of salt.

omar little, Saturday, 10 February 2018 18:05 (one week ago) Permalink

I hadn't kept up with his soundtracks or anything but some of his earlier, more personal work like IBM 140 - a User's Manual and Fordlandia were always quite moving to me. Really saddened by this. RIP.

obnoxious pun (ultros ultros-ghali), Saturday, 10 February 2018 18:07 (one week ago) Permalink

That’s a shock. Found dead in his appartment, according to

willem, Saturday, 10 February 2018 18:09 (one week ago) Permalink

Listening to his FACT mix right now -- it really does give a good sense, not of everything he drew on necessarily, but the kind of listener he was, and where he wanted to go.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 February 2018 18:30 (one week ago) Permalink

Shocking news. RIP.

Dinsdale, Saturday, 10 February 2018 18:59 (one week ago) Permalink

ugh this is so sad

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Saturday, 10 February 2018 19:20 (one week ago) Permalink

Feeling genuinely upset about this. RIP.

djh, Saturday, 10 February 2018 20:10 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh this sucks he was so young.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:49 (one week ago) Permalink

This is devastating

I only met him once but he worked with many close friends of mine

flamboyant goon tie included, Saturday, 10 February 2018 22:22 (one week ago) Permalink

Damn, sad to hear the news. I've got that FACT mix on now and it's tugging at the heartstrings. I've been a longtime fan of his music. RIP.

davey, Sunday, 11 February 2018 02:09 (one week ago) Permalink

What a tragedy...

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 11 February 2018 20:27 (one week ago) Permalink

Only heard the news now and have difficulty believing it.

Le Bateau Ivre, Sunday, 11 February 2018 20:28 (one week ago) Permalink

Quite nice piece in The Guardian:

djh, Sunday, 11 February 2018 21:25 (one week ago) Permalink

Bemused that "Virdulegu forsetar" is rarely being mentioned.

djh, Sunday, 11 February 2018 21:26 (one week ago) Permalink

Yes, that's my favourite piece of his.

Incredibly sad news - I haven't kept up so much with his latest soundtrack stuff but Virdulegu forsetar, Fordlandia and User's Manual are all excellent and, as the piece in the Guardian says, already elegiac and tinged with death. 48 is so young to die, is there any info out there on how/why?

Zelda Zonk, Sunday, 11 February 2018 22:27 (one week ago) Permalink

Bemused that "Virdulegu forsetar" is rarely being mentioned.

― djh, Sunday, February 11, 2018 9:26 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I didn't mention it because I thought everyone else had already. It's, by far, his greatest achievement.

Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, 12 February 2018 00:23 (one week ago) Permalink

Good grief how shocking and upsetting. I’m not well versed in his earlier work but his music for Arrival was stunningly original + my favorite film score that year.

Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Monday, 12 February 2018 04:16 (one week ago) Permalink


I meant generally (in real life) rather than here, Le Bateau Ivre - had spent quite some time flicking through Twitter and news stories. I think I was kind of saying "That's the album I need to play, right now."

djh, Monday, 12 February 2018 07:38 (one week ago) Permalink

— Ólafur Arnalds (@OlafurArnalds) February 11, 2018

StanM, Monday, 12 February 2018 15:08 (one week ago) Permalink

That's a great story, re: the score. Listening to IBM 1401 now. Part 3 "IBM 1402 Card Read-Punch" reminds me of Gorecki's 3rd. Not as a copy, but with the warm comfort it provides. This was a hard one. Johannssen was someone I avidly followed.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 12 February 2018 15:31 (one week ago) Permalink

...despite spelling his name wrong.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 12 February 2018 15:34 (one week ago) Permalink

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 17:41 (one week ago) Permalink

djh, Tuesday, 13 February 2018 22:49 (one week ago) Permalink

Thank you to @beagewill for reminding me to listen to "The Cause of Labour is the Hope of the World" by the upsettingly dead Jóhann Jóhannsson

— Jon Schwarz (@schwarz) February 16, 2018

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Friday, 16 February 2018 17:13 (four days ago) Permalink

^ Strangely, that is the track I've "rediscovered" since his death (Owned it but tended to play other things).

djh, Friday, 16 February 2018 17:53 (four days ago) Permalink

Ughhh that is so fucking beautiful

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 16 February 2018 18:08 (four days ago) Permalink

Can't believe I missed this (and the album it is from):

djh, Sunday, 18 February 2018 21:55 (two days ago) Permalink

There's a double disc version of Englabörn coming up in March, apparently.

djh, Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:46 (two days ago) Permalink

Can anyone see a copy of Copenhagen Dreams for sale, for a not silly price?

djh, Monday, 19 February 2018 19:33 (yesterday) Permalink ?

StanM, Monday, 19 February 2018 19:54 (yesterday) Permalink

(worth a try, maybe, don't know if that store is still active)

StanM, Monday, 19 February 2018 19:58 (yesterday) Permalink


And any recommendations soundtrack wise? (After The Miner's Hymns, there's a gap in my collection up to Endless Summer & Orphee).

djh, Monday, 19 February 2018 20:16 (yesterday) Permalink

he doesn't have anything bad (except maybe Dís, which I don't get) - Prisoners, The Theory of Everything, Sicario, Arrival are great. Haven't heard yet: Free the mind, i am here, mcCanick

StanM, Monday, 19 February 2018 20:21 (yesterday) Permalink

Couple of tribute mixes:

Dr Rob

Low Light Mixes

groovypanda, Monday, 19 February 2018 20:23 (yesterday) Permalink

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