Jean Michel Jarre has recorded a techno track alongside controversial former NSA whistleblower Ed Snowden for Jarre’s forthcoming album ‘Electronica Volume II: The Heart Of Noise’.
The track came about after Jarre’s interview with Guardian, who asked the newspaper to put him in touch with Snowden’s solicitor about collaborating on his forthcoming album.
The two then spoke via Skype before Jarre went to meet Snowden in Russia where the former NSA whistleblower now resides out of the reach of US authorities who want to try him for treason.
Speaking about the collaboration Jarre told the Guardian that Snowden reminded him of his own mother, “She joined the French resistance 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.
“I wanted to film him, because I want to play the track on stage. I think it’s important if I’m playing at festivals with a young audience that the statements in the track are promoted and exposed. We spent three hours together, we filmed him, we talked about a lot of things.”
Commenting on the collaboration, Ed Snowden revealed it was a treat to asked to be part of the album, “It was something I wasn’t expecting. As an engineer, someone who’s not really cool, it was something of a treat to collaborate on a big cultural project.”
UN Ambassador for UNESCO and activist for Human Rights, Jarre has tirelessly campaigned over the years for the right to free speech, and his collaboration with Snowden reveals yet another side to the multi-faceted godfather of electronic music.
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