Yesterday (September 21st) Muse launched their ‘Social Connectome’, a 3-D Google Chrome visualization of the Muse fanbase, created in homage to the Human Connectome project which inspired the artwork for the band’s forthcoming new album ‘The 2nd Law’, due out on October 2nd via Warner Bros. Records. You can take part at http://connectome.muse.mu/.
The Social Connectome allows people to add themselves to a 3-D visual network of Muse fans, build their own branch of friends and unlock an exclusive track from ‘The 2nd Law’. As more and more fans join the network, incremental 30-second clips of the new track ‘The 2nd Law: Isolated System’ will be revealed. Each branch is made up of unique recommendations, most of which will be made via Facebook and Twitter. The Connectome can be moved in 3-D space, zoomed in and will pulse to the music when the track is unlocked. This is next level web technology.
Muse have already unveiled two tracks from the album with ‘Survival’ being the official song of the London 2012 Olympic Games. New single ‘Madness’ was released on August 20th with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin describing the song as “Their best ever”. On his twitter he stated:
“Having been their opening act 13 years ago I’m proud to say that I think this is Muse’s best song ever.”
‘The 2nd Law’ is the bands 6th studio album following hot on the heels of the highly successful ‘The Resistance’, which reached no.1 in 19 countries. They have also have won numerous awards around the world for ‘The Resistance’ including a Best Rock Album Grammy Award and an American Music Award. Muse will release their new studio album The 2nd Law on October 2nd and plan to tour the world in support of it. On October 6th the band will return to hit US show Saturday Night Live for a live performance.