As unlikely collaborations go, this is by far the most unexpected pairing to grace our ears in recent history, Edward Snowden and Jean-Michel Jarre have produces a Techno track together.
Originally announced on Jarre's forthcoming album as ‘ES’, Snowden - the whistleblower behind one of the biggest revelations of classified documents in history - contributes to the 5th track on The Heart of Noise, titled ‘Exit’.
Speaking on ‘Exit’, Jarre said, “I wrote a speedy techno track evoking the constant and hectic production of data and the obsessive quest for more information. I then linked the music with this mad hunt and chase in order to get hold of people like Edward Snowden.
“One of the recurrent themes of Electronica Vol. 1 & 2 is the ambiguous relationship we have with technology. On one side we have the world in our pocket and on the other side, the world is spying on us constantly. Edward Snowden became a modern hero, not by saying ‘stop’, but to be careful regarding the (ab)use of technology. Our future needs brave people like him.”
Snowden also had his say behind the name of the track, adding, “You have a choice and ‘Exit’, whether it’s used as a noun or a verb, is something which we pursue. It’s something where we direct ourselves. It’s about an action which may change everything from where we are to another direction, a departure to somewhere else.”
The collaborators reveal more about the new music in the video below. Look for Electronica Vol. 2: The Heart of Noise to be released May 6.