Rich Costey

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Rich Costey

Produced: Absolution, Black Holes and Revelations, Eighth Album

Mixed: Absolution, Black Holes and Revelations, The 2nd Law, Drones

Engineered: Absolution, Black Holes and Revelations

Muse believes Rich has nailed the sound they want.


When asked why they had chosen Rich Costey, Matthew Bellamy answered: "He was the man we originally thought of working with for the rock tracks. He'd previously mixed some great rock records -Audioslave, Rage Against The Machine's Renegades, The Mars Volta - but in the meantime he'd been sending us discs of other people he'd worked with like Philip Glass and Fiona Apple and was trying to convince us that he should do the whole album. We reworked Apocalypse Please with a more aggressive sound, without too much over-production, and it sounded better. In the end he did do pretty much all the album, and mixed it as well. He understood what we were trying to achieve."

Sound on Sound Article archived on Musewiki
Sound on Sound Article on the SOS web site

Black Holes and Revelations

Bellamy approched Costey in regards to producing their next album during the Absolution tour. Costey followed this up by contacting Bellamy a few months prior to starting the album.[1]

Wolstenholme: We kept him because he really did a good job for Absolution. We had many producers until now, working on two following albums with the same one is a little bit different. Rich’s main quality is a very good technician doubled with a real musician. As a matter of fact, he gets involved more in what we are creating, and his advices about arrangements, as melodies, are constructive. He perfectly understands music which is not the same situation about other producers.

The 2nd Law

Eighth Album


  1. Jeff Touzeau. (2007-03). An Evening with Rich Costey. EQ. [verify]