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Jean Michel Jarre: “Exit”

Submitted by on 12/06/2016 – 09:48

In April 2016, Jean Michel Jarre released a video clip called “Exit” — a techno electronic track featuring none other than a former CIA employee, Edward Snowden, known for his disclosures of the US intelligence services’ activities in ​​surveilling private communications around the world.

“I think, you know, saying that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about freedom of speech because you have nothing to say. It’s a deeply anti-social principal because rights are not just individual — they’re collective. What may not have value to you today, may have value to an entire, you know, population, entire people, an entire way of life tomorrow. And if you don’t stand up for it, then who will?”
Edward Snowden, “Exit”

“Exit” is a part of the new Jarre’s album, “Electronica 2: The Heart Of Noise” (2016), which, follows “Electronica 1” (2015) and is a result of the French musician’s collaboration with various electronic music stars across the world. The collaboration was initialized by Jarre and developed over the last several years.

The central section of “Exit” provided Edward Snowden an opportunity to express his views on the need for technological advances to ensure the safety of personal information. Jean Michel Jarre arrived in Moscow in the spring of 2016 specifically to meet with Snowden and make a video recording. Their meeting was arranged by The Guardian, the British newspaper that was the first to publish sensational revelations by Edward Snowden three years ago.

(To be continued)

© Elena Stepanova, 2016

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Елена Степанова — звукорежиссер, музыкант, автор статей и учебных материалов по звукорежиссуре, музыкальной аранжировке и композиции, истории музыкальных технологий.

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Elena Stepanova is a sound producer, musician, author of articles on sound engineering, musical arrangement and composition, history of musical technology.

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