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=== 15 Track Cassette ===
=== 15 Track Cassette ===
A selection of 15 songs chosen by Dom after the last session at [[Coombeshead Studios]] in April 1997. This cassette probably has always remained in the possession of the band and they used it in 2019 for the CD "Newton Abbot Demos" contained in the box [[Origin of Muse]].
A selection of 15 songs chosen by Dom after the last session at [[Coombeshead Studios]] in April 1997. This cassette probably has always remained in the possession of the band who used it in 2019 for the CD "Newton Abbot Demos" contained in the box [[Origin of Muse]].
=== Touring ===
=== Touring ===

Revision as of 16:14, 16 December 2019

11 Track Cassette Inside cover and tape
15 Track Cassette Inside and Tape
Muse demo
Name Untitled
Tracks 11, 6, 4, 15
Total length
Recorded Coombeshead Studios, November 1996–January 1997[1]
Writer/composer Matthew Bellamy
Producer Unknown
Format(s) Cassette
Release date 1996-1997
demo chronology
This Is a Muse Demo
1997 Sawmills demo


11 Track Cassette

The auction page
The final bid

An untitled demo cassette featuring 11 tracks that Muse recorded at Coombeshead Studios[2] in Newton Abbot between November 1996 and January 1997. The only song released from these sessions was "Balloonatic", on the 1997 compilation Helping You Back to Work volume 1.

Samples of the demo tape were shared on Muse fan sites on 8th December 2007 and 24th February 2008.[3] The tape was put up for auction on the 28th of February. A cross-website campaign by members of the Official Muse forum,[4] Muselive.com,[5] MuseWiki and MuseMessenger,[6] spearheaded and bid for by informally elected trustee SpaceDemented,[7] was set up prior to the auction's start.[8] The campaign raised ~£2,500, of which only £740 was needed to win the auction.[9] Digital copies were released on Muselive on the 9th of May, 2008[10] The bid itself hovered at £410[11] in the days prior the the bid and £680 on the last day. In the final thirty seconds, it increased by the final £60. The bid ended at 23 minutes to midnight on the 5th of March. A total of 34 bids were made during the auction.[12]

Three sets of digital copies were made, one in a studio and two by FireSka. The first of these latter two was made using Dolby noise reduction built into the tape deck and the second without.

Responding to a question concerning the demo sixth months after the release, Christopher Wolstenholme joked that Andrew Stone would not get any more concert tickets. He described the resultant feeling as being akin to parents showing baby photos to a "new friend or girlfriend" and thought £700 had been a "bit of a rip off to be honest".[13] On the unused side of the tape, the original owner had recorded a number of songs by various artists.[14] On the left side of the track list space, there is a tracklisting which has been scribbled out, including The Prodigy's "Breathe" and Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight". [15]

6 Track Cassette

In January 2009, a 6-track demo tape from the same session was listed on eBay. The tape was copied from studio recordings for the seller by Matthew Bellamy. The original cassette tape contained a recording of Coombeshead College Choir that was copied over by Bellamy, and the B-side of the cassette contains five tracks of the seller's band.[16]

Ruptured Ambitions demo (4 Track Cassette)

In 2009 and again in 2010 this cassette was listed on eBay. It had originally been sent to Chris Willsher of Ruptured Ambitions Records, based in Devon, by Muse. It featured four tracks from the Newton Abbott demo sessions, although the quality of the tracks on the tape ultimately proved to be better than those on the full demo tape.

15 Track Cassette

A selection of 15 songs chosen by Dom after the last session at Coombeshead Studios in April 1997. This cassette probably has always remained in the possession of the band who used it in 2019 for the CD "Newton Abbot Demos" contained in the box Origin of Muse.


At the time of this demo being printed and shortly after, the band toured with twenty-five songs, though this number could be much larger. Based on current knowledge, Muse played the following songs live at the time of this release and just after:

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Showbiz and
Origin of Symmetry
B-Sides Demo Stages

Track list

11 Track Cassette

  1. Falling with the Crowd
  2. Agitated
  3. Coma
  4. Balloonatic
  5. Forameus
  6. Boredom
  7. Crazy Days
  8. Sober
  9. Jimmy Kane
  10. Rain
  11. Ashamed

6 Track Cassette

  1. Coma
  2. Balloonatic
  3. Untitled (Sober)
  4. Boredom
  5. Jimmy Kane
  6. Ashamed

4 Track Cassette

  1. Agitated
  2. Sober
  3. Balloonatic
  4. Ashamed

15 Track Cassette

  1. Cave
  2. Rain
  3. Agitated
  4. Crazy Days
  5. Coma
  6. Connect The Kettle Lead
  7. Balloonatic
  8. Boredom
  9. Sober
  10. Jimmy Kane
  11. Ashamed
  12. Plug In Baby
  13. Earthquake
  14. Good News
  15. Overdue

Audio hashes

  • Hash tables, first master copy »

  • Here are hashes of the pcm audio data.
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  1. [Scan of the tape]. [verify]
  2. [Helping You Back to Work insert]. [verify]
  3. Andrew Stone. (2007-12-08). A-Loonatic. Retrieved from www.muselive.com.
  4. dannyinacircle. (2008-02-28). Muse demo for sale. Campaign to Obtain.. Muse forum. Retrieved from board.muse.mu.
  5. Tom. Muse Demo Tape - 1996. Muselive. Retrieved from www.muselive.com.
  6. chagdi. (2008-02-23). [Forum post]. Muselive. Retrieved from www.muselive.com.
  7. Tene. (2008-02-21). [Forum post]. Muselive. Retrieved from www.muselive.com.
  8. SpaceDemented/User:۞. (2008-02-25). Muse Demo For Sale - Campaign to Obtain - Please Help!. Muselive. Retrieved from www.muselive.com.
  9. Tom. (2008-03-06). 1996: 11 Track EP Coming Soon. Muselive. Retrieved from www.muselive.com.
  10. paul_nicko. (2008-05-09). [Forum post]. Muselive. Retrieved from www.muselive.com.
  11. Kynch. (2008-02-28). [Forum post]. Muselive. Retrieved from www.muselive.com.
  12. Michael Stone. (2008-03-05). Muse Ultra Rare Demo Cassette / EP 1996 11 tracks on eBay, also, Cassettes, Music (end time 05-Mar-08 23:37:00 GMT). eBay. Retrieved from http://cgi.ebay.co.uk. [verify]
  13. News (2008-11-28). Muse website. Retrieved 2008-11-29 from board.muse.mu. [verify]
  14. Michael Stone. (2008-03-25). [Forum post]. Muselive. Retrieved from www.muselive.com.
  15. Michael Stone. (2008-03-25). [Forum post]. Muselive. Retrieved from www.muselive.com.
  16. catdogmusic. (2009-01-28). MUSE - early demo tape - Coombeshead Studio 1996 on eBay, also, Cassettes, Music (end time 05-Feb-09 13:21:59 GMT). eBay. Retrieved from http://cgi.ebay.co.uk. [verify]

See also

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