31 October 2008
CD, Vinyl, Digital
2. Melodia (I)
3. The Rocket Builder (Io Pan!)
4. Melodia (II)
5. Fordlândia – Aerial View – mp3 sample
6. Melodia (III)
8. Melodia (IV)
9. The Great God Pan is Dead
10. Melodia (Guidelines for a Space Propulsion Device based on Heim’s Quantum Theory)
11. How We Left Fordlândia
After IBM 1401, A User’s Manual, Fordlândia is the second instalment in a proposed trilogy dealing with technology and industrial archeology. Whereas IBM 1401, A User’s Manual was a personal response to technology and its inevitable obsolescence (inspired by his father’s work with mainframe computers in 1960s Iceland), Fordlândia springs out of a far more diffuse set of influences. It brings together the soaring grandeur of its predecessor – some sections were recorded with the same orchestra in Prague – and the intimacy of Englabörn, moving between heady, melting cadences and crystalline motifs with gorgeous, dreamlike logic.
In short, Fordlândia is Jóhann Jóhannsson’s most complete and beautiful piece of music to date; a fascinating, immersive and deeply rewarding web of ideas and melodies, which is sure to win him a legion of new listeners.