"Bliss" is a song by English rock band Muse and is the second track on their second album, Origin of Symmetry. It was also released as the third single from that album in the United Kingdom on 20 August 2001. Matthew Bellamy has said "Bliss" is his favourite song "because it's got all these 80s arpeggios and keyboards on it which remind me of some music I heard on some children’s music programme when I was five. I think I ripped it off that. And that reminds me of when I was a bit simpler, a bit more of a pleasant state." Christopher Wolstenholme said: "We have just always loved playing that song live. Even if you don't know the song it has one of those disco-ey feels to it but recorded in a rock way. It was one of those songs that when we play it live you always know if you are having a bad gig - it will be the song that will get the crowd going." During the tour in promotion of Origins of Symmetry, "Bliss" was usually played as the final song, often coinciding with the release of giant balloons from the venues' roof. At a gig in Australia during the HAARP tour, balloons were released onto the stage, with Bellamy using his guitar to pop them. (Source: Wikipedia)
Throughout the whole video there are alot of shots of Matt Bellamy, lip-syncing the lyrics to the song whilst falling through this hole in space. This is very different to all the other performance elements i have seen i all the other music videos i have deconstructed. Usually there are shots of the band playing their instruments but mainly of the frontman lip-syncing. Usually there shots of the drummer and bassist for example. These are all examples of what you would expect to see in the performance elements of the music video. However for this music video there are just shots of Matt Bellamy, lip-syncing the lyrics to the song whilst falling through this hole in space. There is alot of shot variety for these sections because it is blended in with the concept sections. They are not two seperate sections like would would usually find. It is all mixed in to one. Fast paced editing is a common code and convention in music videos and this is the case in Muse's song Bliss. This is because the concept music video takes alot of shots to keep it interesting. You can't just have interesting graphics. To keep with the fast feel of the actual song and the vast amount of shots, fast paced editing is a must to compliment both of these things.
It's not just about Matt Bellamy falling through a whole in space. The other band members make an appearence in this music video. Christopher Wolstenholme and Dominic Howard can also be seen throughout the music video. They feature whilst watching Matt Bellamy as he falls, each in their own pods, along the shaft that Matt Bellamy is falling through. Christopher Tony Wolstenholme was born on 2 December 1978 and is the bassist and backing vocalist for Muse. Wolstenholme also sometimes plays keyboard or guitar instead of bass. Dominic Howard was born on 7 December 1977 and is the drummer for Muse. Again the pods are extremely futuristic and resemble concept music videos. Everything in this music is stereptypical for a concept music video.