Edward Snowden Releasing Techno Track With Jean Michel Jarre
Fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden has collaborated with electronica legend Jean Michel Jarre on a techno track. Snowden, who is wanted by U.S. authorities after disclosing details of the country’s surveillance operations, has produced a song titled “Exit” with the Oxygene musician.
The former employee of America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is currently living in Russia and will face charges of violating America’s espionage act if he returns to his native U.S. The unlikely pair teamed up to produce the track, which will appear on Jarre’s forthcoming album Electronica Volume II: The Heart Of Noise, after being brought together by staff at The Guardian newspaper. Jarre, 67, was interviewed by the publication last year and asked to be put in touch with 32-year-old Snowden, whose involvement with the paper began when they published his revelations about U.S. government surveillance in 2013. After contacting the fugitive, the musician traveled to Russia to record with Snowden and film a promotional video. Speaking of his admiration for his musical collaborator, Jarre says, “Edward is an absolute hero of our times. When I first read about him, it made me think of my mother. She joined the French resistance (against Nazi Germany) in 1941, when people in France still thought they were just troublemakers, and she always told me that when society is generating things you can’t stand, you have to stand up against it.” As well as his collaboration with Snowden, Jarre’s new album also sees him team up with a number of high profile musical figures including Cyndi Lauper, Gary Numan and Oscar-winning film score composer Hans Zimmer. He says the theme of his new album is humanity’s relationship with technology, adding, “There are tracks about the erotic relationship we have with technology, the way we touch our smartphones more than our partners, about CCTV surveillance, about love in the age of (the phone app) Tinder. “It seemed quite appropriate to collaborate not with a musician but someone who literally symbolises (sic) this crazy relationship we have with technology.” Electronica Volume II: The Heart of Noise will be released on May 6.