Boomkat Product Review:
Here's a special one, released in the series of re-issues and re-masters of classic Michael Nyman work, this album was originally issued on Brian Eno's Obscure label in the late 70s and showcases some of Nyman's finest minimal compositions. Apparently 'Decay Music' was a reaction to the composer's love of minimalism (Reich, Adams, Riley, Feldman) and also his love of bands such as the Beatles and the Velvet Underground. This is reflected in some way as Nyman takes looping segments of piano or bells, panning them and allowing them to slowly decay and disappear. There would be an instant comparison to some of the finest work of William Basinski - most obviously his Melancholia cd, as Nyman manages to create the most intense and melancholy moods in the most subtle ways possible. The use of space on 'Decay Music' is what would hit you first, carefully measured passages of silence are used just as readily as hit notes, and the result is sublime. If you buy one Nyman album - this really should be the one. Unmissable.