Jarre tapped the whistleblower for vocals on "Exit," a track from Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise, a new electronic music album that drops in three weeks.
Snowden says that as an engineer, he never felt very cool, and was gratified for the chance to rock out with the electronic music pioneer.
Other collaborators on the album include Cyndi Lauper, the Orb, the Pet Shop Boys, Peaches and Julia Holter.
The double-edged sword that technology presents is a central theme and the "core message" throughout "Exit." "Technology can actually increase privacy," Snowden, with his voice subtly and eerily modulated, says on "Exit." "The question is: Why are our private details that are transmitted online, or why are private details that are stored on our personal devices, any different than the details and the private record of our lives that are stored in our private journals."
Later on the track, Snowden warns over an icy drone, "Saying that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different that saying you don't care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say. It's a deeply antisocial principle because rights are not just individual, they're collective. What may not have value to you today may have value to an entire population... If you don't stand up for it, then who will?" After a layered, frantic interlude by Jarre, Snowden concludes by again asking, "If you don't stand up for it, then who will?"
Electronica 2: The Heart of Noise [Jean-Michel Jarre/Columbia]
Edward Snowden's New Job: Electronic Music Vocalist
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Level Scapes' desktop microterrariums are matchbox-sized, stackable sealed boxes with miniature ferns and mosses that only require water and sunshine; they're $39 for a set of six (25% of with the coupon code yankodesign). (via Yanko Design)
[I've been in love with Negativland since their legendary copyright battle with U2 and they've been a part of Boing Boing since 2001; it's a pleasure beyond words to be able to debut More Data, their characteristically trenchant video about data privacy and surveillance; see below for notes from Negativland. -Cory]
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