Project Results

From Muse:

Your votes have been cast, the band have deliberated and we all agree that the excellent version of Animals by Inês Freitas and Miguel Mendes (onenessteam) from Portugal is the winner of our Animals video project!

View the full announcement, and watch all the videos for this amazing project!


The Brief

Muse, one of the the UK's finest bands, want you to make the music video for Animals, from their new album, The 2nd Law. They've left the brief wide open, so listen to the lyrics and be creative.

Deadline for entries is 14 January 2013, 23:59 GMT time.


Awards & Judging

The winner will receive £3,000 and have their video uploaded to the Muse website and YouTube channel. The winning filmmaker will also be invited to one of Muse's summer stadium shows, where their video will be aired (tickets only, no other costs including flights & hotel will be covered).

Outstanding videos will also be nominated for the 2012 Genero Awards and in the running for $25,000 in prizes.

The winner and finalists will be chosen by Muse and Genero.


Tour Dates

22nd May 2013 - Ricoh Stadium, Coventry, UK - tickets
25th May 2013 - Emirates Stadium, London, UK - SOLD OUT
26th May 2013 - Emirates Stadium, London, UK - tickets
1st June 2013 - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, UK - tickets
4th June 2013 - Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam, NL - tickets
7th June 2013 - Estadi Olimpic, Barcelona, ES - tickets
10th June 2013 - Estadio Dragao, Porto, PT - tickets
15th June 2013 - Stade de Suisse, Bern, CH - SOLD OUT
18th June 2013 - Werchter Festival Park, Rotselaar, BE - tickets
21st June 2013 - Stade de France, Paris, FR - tickets
22nd June 2013 - Stade de France, Paris, FR - SOLD OUT
26th June 2013 - Stade Charles Ehrmann, Nice, FR - tickets
28th June 2013 - Stadio Olimpico, Turin, IT - SOLD OUT
29th June 2013 - Stadio Olimpico, Turin, IT - tickets
6th July 2013 - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, IT - tickets

Muse

Energy. The Beach Boys. Twelve-bar blues. The Eighties. Dizziness. Stockbrokers. Thermodynamics. The Olympianideal. Fred Goodwin. Excess. INXS. Beck’s dad. Bellamy’s son… Muse didn’t set out to make the most gloriously ambitious album of their career. How could they have? The band who dreamt up Supermassive Black Hole, Knights Of Cydonia and the three-part Exogenesis symphony were already well-versed in going One Louder. Any wilder, any further out there, and Muse would risk incineration by a dwarf star of their own making.

But you don’t become one of the biggest bands on this planet – in excess of 15 million albums sales worldwide, 5 MTV Europe Awards, 2 Brit Awards, 8 NME Awards, 5 Q Awards, 4 Kerrang Awards and winner of the Best Rock Album Grammy 2011; No 1 in 19 countries with 2009’s The Resistance; filler of arena and stadia across the world – by sitting on your hands.

So when Muse approached the making of their sixth studio album, they wouldn’t stint on the choirs, strings and horn sections. And be reassured: guitar-shredding, piano-thumping, orchestra-arranging, book-chewing, big-thinking Matt Bellamy, as the band’s chief songwriter, didn’t lower his sights from The Big Picture nor ignore The Precious Details. And nor were the trio afraid of giving space to a brilliant new element to their sound – songs written and sung by bass player Chris Wolstenholme. But what the Devon-born band of schoolfriends did do different was this: they made things easy for themselves. For the first time since the dawn of their career in smalltown England 18 years ago, all three members were living in the same place during the making of an album. Domiciled in and around London, they block-booked a recording studio – Air – and came and went as they pleased. This time, the only clock Muse had to beat was their own internal band rhythm. They had the days and weeks and space to experiment, explore ideas, rig up massive in-studio PA systems, hire in remixers, play with pedals, and (technical term alert!) fanny around to their hearts’ content.

And this time, Muse had the experience born of self-producing The Resistance to apply their studio knowledge to creating the album they really wanted to make. It was about saving aggro, and conserving energy. And, appropriately, it was about The 2nd Law: an album titled after and thematically influenced by the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which concerns the inevitable wasting of energy within a closed system. It was about letting themselves go and enjoying themselves. Muse, after all, had earned it. “We all had a lot of great fun doing it,”and hopefully you can hear that on the album. There are some real moments of positivity in the songs. And I just think everyone personally is in a pretty good place at the moment.” “It feels like the best thing we’ve ever done,” says drummer Dom Howard. “There was a sense of adventure making it.” “This was a breeze!” declares Bellamy, still high from the experience of seeing rock-operatic new track Survival emerge victorious as the official anthem for the London 2012 Olympics. “We were making ourselves laugh at times with how different things were sounding.

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