Edward Snowden and Jean-Michel Jarre have made a tune together
Like all good soulmates the pair met through The Guardian and now they’ve created a 7-minute banger
What happens when Jean-Michel Jarre ask The Guardian for help in tracking down an exiled modern-day revolutionary for a quick collab? The answer is Exit, a nearly 7-minute long track that sounds like the bastard child of an Infected Mushroom mix and that song that plays at the beginning of Fight Club. Aside from Jarre’s quick fire beats and sparkling synths the track also features various soundbites from Snowden. Jarre describes the piece as a “hectic, obsessive techno track, trying to illustrate the idea of this crazy quest for big data on one side and the manhunt for this one young guy by the CIA, NSA and FBI on the other”.
The collaboration was born from Jarre’s fascination with Snowden’s political motivations, “When I first read about him, it made me think of my mother,” He told The Guardian last year. “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. The whole Electronica project is about the ambiguous relationship we have with technology: on the one side we have the world in our pocket, on on the other, we are spied on constantly.”
Listen to Exit via Spotify and watch a short film about the project over at The Guardian‘s website.