H8 - is the one for me It gives me all I need And helps me coexist With the chill
You make me sick Because I adore you so I love all the dirty tricks And twisted games you play On me
Space dementia in your eyes and Peace will arise And tear us apart And make us meaningless again
You´ll make us wanna die I´d cut your name in my heart We´ll destroy this world for you I know you want me to Feel your pain
Space dementia in your eyes and Venus will arise And tear us apart And make us meaningless again
Space Dementia’s piano is inspired on Rachmaninov (a classic Russian composer).
Matt: “Space dementia is the term NASA used for what happens if you’re left out in space for a long time, because if you truly conceptualise the situation of being there and looking back on earth, it can drive you mad. The song is about a person whose quite important in my life and who gives me space dementia when I look at them. It’s about being intensely engrossed so that you become obsessive and almost nasty”.
The first word of the song is not “height”, as it is written in the lyric-book of OOS, but it’s “H8”. H8 is a microcomputer.
Matt: “Using a microcomputer (Hitachi H8 / 3048F) which can
be built into the industrial machines, you can learn and understand the inputs /outputs of the microcomputer as a basis of robot control and conduct the experiments by C-language for steppingmotor control, servomotor control (PWM control) and serial communication. H8 model, a 16-bit microcomputer consists of 32-bit registers, has a flash ROM of 128KB, a RAM of 4KB (SRAM) with external extension of 128KB and 78 I/O terminals with the built-in A/D and D/Aconverters. H8 is a microcomputer usually built into a TV, VTR, mobile-phone and car navigator. Since it has ample I/O terminals, H8 microcomputer is also used as a brain of a small robot”.
Matt: “Space Dementia was supposed to be the big ending to the album. If you stick it on really loud speakers, it reaches the limit absolute limit of what is the sub and what is the height of your ear. So it hits the extreme of what our hearing range is. We were going to secretly increase the dB to the point where it was illegal. It didn´t work at the end [of the album], so we put it further to the front, [and had] the big argument whether to have this big ending or not. We actually recorded the first section of the song in the earlier session, and then we recorded the ending as a completely different thing. We had the song playing and then came in as it finished, a different instrument set up and everything. I was supposed to be a shock thing because up to then it was all piano, and then go all dirty guitars and death”.
Produced by John Leckie and Muse Engineered by John Leckie and Rick Peet with additional engineering and programming by Chris Brown Mixed By John Cornfield and Muse, Sawmills Studio Recorded at the Real World Studio, Wiltshire