Edward Snowden Revealed as Collaborator on Jean-Michel Jarre's 'Electronica Volume 2: The Heart Of Noise'

Whistleblower Features on 'Exit'
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Whistleblower Features on "Exit"

Watch Track Backstory Featuring Jarre & Snowden Now

Just when the collaborator list for Jean-Michel Jarre's upcoming ELECTRONICA VOL. 2: THE HEART OF NOISE (out May 6 via Sony Music/RED) couldn't get any more diverse, it can now be revealed that none other than Edward Snowden will join proceedings as the final name to feature on the project.

Originally announced on the album as just "ES," Snowden--the whistleblower behind one of the biggest revelations of classified documents--contributes to the fifth track on THE HEART OF NOISE titled "Exit" and it's available to stream on all platforms now.

Listen to "Exit": https://open.spotify.com/track/4DO5XRXoMFbwbWcN1LgmzI

Collaborating from Snowden's delivery of his core message, Jarre layers and sculpts the American's words around a driving techno beat that conjures up a grand sense of chase. The release of the track also coincides with a video explaining the track's story; Jarre and Snowden also discuss music, politics, privacy and more.

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Watch Jean-Michel Jarre & Edward Snowden's Track Story

A 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.

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."

ELECTRONICA VOL. 2: THE HEART OF NOISE, will be officially released on Friday, May 6 via Sony Music International and is the follow up to the widely lauded Electronica Vol. 1: The Time Machine LP. With music across both volumes from the Pet Shop Boys, Primal Scream, Pete Townshend, Julia Holter, Lang Lang, Cyndi Lauper, Laurie Anderson, AIR and Peaches to name a few, Jarre has assembled his very own dream team of artists to collaborate with across ELECTRONICA. Those who pre-order Vol. 2 will also receive three instant downloads from Jarre's collaborations with Rone ("The Heart of Noise") and Peaches ("What You Want") in addition to "Exit."

Furthermore, Jarre will return to the international stage in 2016 and beyond following the release of VOL. 2, with a first leg of pan-European dates confirmed across a host of festivals and arenas this year. With a unique and brand-new super production, Jarre will play major venues like the 02 Arena in London and AccorHotels Arena in Paris, in addition to further dates in Germany, Scandinavia, Poland, Austria, and Switzerland.

Electronica is a two-volume project with 30 collaborators.

Electronica 1: The Time Machine is out now.

Listen to and buy the album here.

ELECTRONICA 2: THE HEART OF NOISE is out on May 6, 2016.

Pre-Order now at: http://smarturl.it/HeartofNoiseIT