Famous English composer and filmmaker Michael Nyman was in Istanbul to present his ‘NYMan with a Movie Camera,’ which is the remake of a 1929 Soviet Russia classic.
By Neil Cooper, The List
Long before his soundtrack for Jane Campion’s The Piano, Michael Nyman’s very English form of baroque minimalism had impeccable art school credentials. Following his debut on Brian Eno’s Obscure label, this 1981 follow-up five years later was produced by Flying Lizard and Nyman’s former student David Cunningham.
By Andy Gill, The Independent, 13 January, 2012
This reissue of Michael Nyman’s second album from 1981 – effectively his first with a Michael Nyman Band that included Alexander Balanescu and Roderick Skeaping – has aged well.
Its industriously cycling Anglo-minimalism, couched in strings and reeds, is redolent of early Peter Greenaway films: “Bird List Song” is lovely, silly and serious the same time, like the film for which it was written, The Falls. The serio-comic tone helps sustain the music’s appeal, compared to the joylessness of much American minimalism: this is music full of affirmative bustle, aware of its lurking pomposity, and not afraid to embrace the free-jazz squawks of Evan Parker and Peter Brötzmann on “Waltz”.
30 years after the release of the self-titled LP, MN Records re-masters and re-issues this classic album. Critically acclaimed as Nyman’s groundbreaking record that combined minimalist, experimentalist music and jazz improvisation for the first time, this album has only ever been available on the rarest of long-since deleted vinyl.
Packaging includes two limited edition posters of the the original UK and Japanese LP artwork.
Bafta-winning composer Michael Nyman explains why he was inspired by Felixstowe for his latest score.
His score for The Piano is probably his most famous work. His new work, On Landguard Point, premieres at the Spa Pavilion in the town as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, funded by Arts Council England.
Watch the (partial) video interview here.