IBM 1401: A User's Manual, A Beautiful and Haunting Orchestral Score
This last Saturday I went to the Computer History Museum and Christmas caroled with a PDP-1 generating music:
It was deliciously geeky.
I also saw a fully restored IBM 1401 computer running at the Computer History Museum, from 1959, the first real business computer:
The idea of (very) old computers producing music led me to stumble on "IBM 1401: A User's Manual", an absolutely haunting and beautiful orchestral piece written by Jóhann Jóhannsson:
The result is beautiful and poignant. Dedicating your life to computer science is somewhat like crafting exquisite existential sandcastles on the edge of the ocean; you know that eventually the waves will ride up and wash away your work, making way for the next thing. Somehow I feel this music captures that sense.