Decay Music

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Decay Music
design by Russell Mills and Michael Webster
2004 CD release, with Nyman at 60 sticker
Studio album by Michael Nyman
Released 1976
Genre Experimental music
Length 49:53 (LP)
63:44 (extended CD)
Label Obscure Records
Producer Brian Eno
Michael Nyman chronology
N/A Decay Music
"The Masterwork" Award Winning Fish-Knife

Decay Music is the 1976 debut album by Michael Nyman, released on Brian Eno's Obscure Records music label. The two works on the album, 1-100 (composed 1 December 1975) and Bell Set No. 1 (1974) are both built around the musical concept of decay. Both of these experiment with percussive, long decay musical forms. 1-100 is played at half the speed it was recorded. It was written for Peter Greenaway's film of the same title, but rejected because it was too long. It was inspired by Frederic Rzewski's Les Moutons de Panurge, which Nyman often played with the Scratch Orchestra.

The album was first issued on compact disc on March 29, 2004, by EMI/Virgin. The original full-speed recording of 1-100 is included as a bonus track.

Track listing[edit]

  1. 1-100 (27:18)
  2. Bell Set No.1 (22:35)
  3. 1-100 (Faster Decay) (13:40) (CD-only)


  • Composed by Michael Nyman
  • Produced by Brian Eno
  • Published by Chester Music Ltd//Michael Nyman Ltd (1991)
  • Art direction by Russell Mills
  • Image melts by Michael Webster
  • Layout and design by the redroom@emi
  • Liner notes by Michael Nyman and Brian Eno (2004)
  • Digital remaster produced in 2004