Music by Jóhann Jóhannsson – Mixed by Dave Howell (130701 / FatCat Records)

Music fans and cinema lovers continue to mourn the loss of Jóhann Jóhannsson, the Icelandic composer who passed away aged 48 earlier this month.

Through his film scores and solo work, Jóhannsson captured a certain icy, fragile tension – blending the worlds of classical composition and experimental electronics with an emotive sensibility. Records like IBM 1401, A User’s Manual are defining works in the electronic avant-garde while scores for films including Arrival and Sicario helped elevate those pictures from being good films to true greatness.

In tribute to the late composer, we invited Dave Howell of FatCat Records and 130701 to put together a special mix built from music composed by Jóhannsson. Dave Howell signed Jóhannsson in 2010, a decade after meeting him and first falling in love with his work. FatCat released The Miner’s Hymns, the score for Bill Morrison’s film on the Durham mining industry.

Piecing together interview and film snippets and weaving them through a tapestry of some of his most stirring and affecting work, the hour-long mix is a touching requiem for an artist and friend.

Listen to the mix in the player above and check out the full track-list below. Read Howell’s personal tribute to Jóhann here.

00:00 – Clip from ‘Orphee’ (dir: Jean Coctaueu, 1950)
00:14 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – Arrival (from ‘Arrival’, Deutsche Gramophon)
00:20 – The Swedish Rhapsody (from ‘The Conet Project’, Irdial Discs)
00:35 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – Freedom From Want and Fear (from ‘The Miner’s Hymns’, 130701)
01:07 – Clip from BBC Radio 3 News, Midnight 10th February, 2018
02:56 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – Transmutation at a Distance (from ‘Arrival’, Deutsche Gramophon)
04:10 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – A Song For Europa (from ‘Orphee’, Deutsche Gramophon)
06:41 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – She Loves To Ride The Port Ferry When It Rains (from ‘Copenhagen Dreams’, 12Tonar)
09:12 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – Karen Býr Til Engil (from ‘Englabörn’, Touch)
12:06 – Clip from ‘Orphee’ (dir: Jean Coctaueu, 1950)
12:25 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – Part 2/ IBM 1403 Printer (from ‘IBM1401 – A User’s Manual’, 4AD)
13:17 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – Part 4 (from ‘Virðulegu Forsetar’, Touch)
20:20 – Clip from interview on ‘New Sounds’, WNYC
21:48 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – Tu Non Mi Perderai Mai (from ‘Touch 25’, Touch)
25:55 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – Mingyun (from ‘Touch Movements’, Touch)
29:03 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Border (from ‘Sicario’, Varèse Sarabande)
31:48 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – Heptapod B (from ‘Arrival’, Deutsche Gramophon)
35:00 – Clip from ‘Orphee’ (dir: Jean Coctaueu, 1950)
38:58 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – Melodia (i) (from ‘Fordlandia’, 4AD)
40:44 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Cause Of Labour Is The Hope Of The World (from ‘The Miner’s Hymns’, 130701)
49:04 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Great God Pan Is Dead (from ‘Fordlandia’, 4AD)
52:35 – Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Dying City (from ‘And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees’, Type)
52:40 – Clip from ‘Orphee’ (dir: Jean Coctaueu, 1950)