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| Name = MK ULTRA
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| Name = MK Ultra
 
| Album = [[The Resistance (album) | The Resistance]] <small>(7)</small><ref name="mw20090703">
 
| Album = [[The Resistance (album) | The Resistance]] <small>(7)</small><ref name="mw20090703">
 
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  title=7. MK Ultra | desc=Musewire post | pub=Twitter | date=2009-07-03 | fetch=2009-07-03 | url=http://twitter.com/muse/status/2457902507 | dom=twitter.com | type=ext
 
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| Length = 4:06
 
| Length = 4:06
 
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| First = [[Birmingham National Indoor Arena 2009 (gig)|10<sup>th</sup> November 2009]]
 
| First = [[Birmingham National Indoor Arena 2009 (gig)|10<sup>th</sup> November 2009]]
| Latest = -
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| Latest = [[Brisbane Entertainment Centre 2010 - 6th (gig)|6<sup>th</sup> December 2010]]
| Recorded = Lake Como and Milan, Italy, 2009
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| Recorded = [[Studio Bellini]], [[Moltrasio|Lake Como]] and Milan, Italy, 2009
 
| Writer = [[Matthew Bellamy]], [[Dominic Howard]], [[Christopher Wolstenholme]]
 
| Writer = [[Matthew Bellamy]], [[Dominic Howard]], [[Christopher Wolstenholme]]
 
| Producer = Muse
 
| Producer = Muse
 
| Chart position = -
 
| Chart position = -
 
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'''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLoJodvQDrk Listen]]'''
  
 
== Description ==
 
== Description ==
"MK ULTRA" has an electronic sound and powerful, "spidery" riffs.<ref name="le200907">{{cite/l'express200907}}</ref><ref>{{cite/nme20090722}}</ref> The end riff bears similarity to the main riff of Slither by Velvet Revolver.
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"MK Ultra" has an electronic sound and powerful, "spidery" riffs.<ref name="le200907">{{cite/l'express200907}}</ref><ref>{{cite/NME 2009-07-22}}</ref> The end riff bears similarity to the main riff of Slither by Velvet Revolver.
  
== Additional information ==
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Matt said, "This song is about brainwashing and the psychological manipulation that has been going on in the world, behind closed doors and via the media during the 20th century."<ref>iTunes LP - The Resistance</ref>
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== Information ==
 
The title is derived from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKULTRA Project MK-ULTRA], the code name for a CIA project that sought to use drugs for the purposes of mind control and interrogation. An image of some declassified MK-ULTRA documents appears in the booklet of ''[[Black Holes and Revelations (album)|Black Holes and Revelations]]''.
 
The title is derived from [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_MKULTRA Project MK-ULTRA], the code name for a CIA project that sought to use drugs for the purposes of mind control and interrogation. An image of some declassified MK-ULTRA documents appears in the booklet of ''[[Black Holes and Revelations (album)|Black Holes and Revelations]]''.
  
Matt said, "This song is about brain washing and the psychological manipulation that has been going on in the world, behind closed doors and via the media during the 20th century."<ref>iTunes LP - The Resistance</ref>
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The song received regular airplay on Canadian alt-rock stations such as AltNation. The Howard Stern Show [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qA1_rgVbxQ occasionally uses the outro] as an interlude when the show is on break.
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MTV Exit used the song in a [[MK ULTRA (video)|music video]] that highlighted the dangers and impact of human trafficking. The video was premièred during the [[London_Wembley_Stadium_2010_-_11th_(gig)|11th September]] concert at Wembley Stadium.
  
For live performances, the song is played half a step down, and [[Matthew Bellamy|Matthew]] does not play the guitar part for the breakdown starting "and they're breaking through".
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==Live==
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For live performances, the song is played half a step down, making it their only song--live or recorded--that utilizes Drop C# tuning. Also, Matt does not play the guitar part for the breakdown (starting at "and they're breaking through"). That part is done solely by Wolstenholme, due to the difficulty of keeping the irregular timing of the guitar part and singing at the same time.
  
 
A version of the song live from [[Turin Palasport Olimpico 2009 (gig)|Turin]] featured in the 2009 Christmas present.
 
A version of the song live from [[Turin Palasport Olimpico 2009 (gig)|Turin]] featured in the 2009 Christmas present.
  
A possible early version of the song can be found here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4jX_uJtngI&feature=player_embedded
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[[MK ULTRA (live) | More here]]
  
 
== Lyrics ==
 
== Lyrics ==

Latest revision as of 21:23, 2 February 2020

Muse song
Name MK Ultra
Album/single The Resistance (7)[1]
Length 4:06
Alternative titles -
First live performance 10th November 2009
Latest live performance 6th December 2010
Recorded Studio Bellini, Lake Como and Milan, Italy, 2009
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy, Dominic Howard, Christopher Wolstenholme
Producer Muse


[Listen]

Description

"MK Ultra" has an electronic sound and powerful, "spidery" riffs.[2][3] The end riff bears similarity to the main riff of Slither by Velvet Revolver.

Matt said, "This song is about brainwashing and the psychological manipulation that has been going on in the world, behind closed doors and via the media during the 20th century."[4]

Information

The title is derived from Project MK-ULTRA, the code name for a CIA project that sought to use drugs for the purposes of mind control and interrogation. An image of some declassified MK-ULTRA documents appears in the booklet of Black Holes and Revelations.

The song received regular airplay on Canadian alt-rock stations such as AltNation. The Howard Stern Show occasionally uses the outro as an interlude when the show is on break.

MTV Exit used the song in a music video that highlighted the dangers and impact of human trafficking. The video was premièred during the 11th September concert at Wembley Stadium.

Live

For live performances, the song is played half a step down, making it their only song--live or recorded--that utilizes Drop C# tuning. Also, Matt does not play the guitar part for the breakdown (starting at "and they're breaking through"). That part is done solely by Wolstenholme, due to the difficulty of keeping the irregular timing of the guitar part and singing at the same time.

A version of the song live from Turin featured in the 2009 Christmas present.

More here

Lyrics

The wavelength gently grows,

Coercive notions re-evolve, A universe is trapped inside a tear, It resonates the core, Creates unnatural laws, Replaces love and happiness with fear

How much deception can you take? How many lies will you create? How much longer until you break? Your mind's about to fall

And they're breaking through They're breaking through They're breaking through (We are losing control)

They're breaking through They're breaking through And they are breaking through, They are breaking through, Now we're falling, We are losing control

Invisible to all, The mind becomes a wall. All of history deleted with one stroke

How much deception can you take? How many lies will you create? How much longer until you break? Your mind's about to fall

And they are breaking through, They are breaking through, They are breaking through, Now we're falling, We are losing control

References

  1. 7. MK Ultra (2009-07-03). Twitter. Retrieved 2009-07-03 from twitter.com.
  2. Julien Bordier. (2009-07-0?). Jai ecoute le nouveau Muse. L'Express. Retrieved 2009-07-10 from www.muselive.com. [verify]
  3. New album preview (2009-07-22). New Musical Express, 23–25. Retrieved 2009-07-29 from www.muselive.com. [verify]
  4. iTunes LP - The Resistance

See also


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