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

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

Just when the collaborator list for Jean-Michel Jarre's upcoming 'Electronica Vol. 2: The Heart of Noise' 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.

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Originally announced on the album as just 'ES', Snowden - the whistleblower behind one of the biggest revelations of classified documents in history - contributes to the 5th track on 'The Heart of Noise', titled, 'Exit', and it's available to stream on all platforms now.

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 an exclusive track story that has been made available to watch now. Having debuted via The Guardian earlier today, fans can see both Jarre and Snowden speaking with one another in the video about music, politics, privacy and more.
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."

'Vol. 2: The Heart of Noise', will be officially released on May 6, 2016, via Sony Music International and is the follow up to the widely lauded '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 but a few, Jean-Michel 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'.

Full Tracklisting for 'Electronica Vol 2: The Heart of Noise' is:

1. The Heart of Noise Pt. 1: JM Jarre & Rone

2. The Heart of Noise Pt. 2: JM Jarre

3. Brick England: JM Jarre & Pet Shop Boys

4. As One: JM Jarre & Primal Scream

5. Exit - JM Jarre & Edward Snowden

6. These Creatures: JM Jarre & Julia Holter

7. Here For You: JM Jarre & Gary Numan

8. The Architect: JM Jarre & Jeff Mills

9. What You Want: JM Jarre & Peaches

10. Circus: JM Jarre & Siriusmo

11. Why This, Why That, Why: JM Jarre & Yello

12. Switch On Leon: JM Jarre & The Orb

13. Gisele: JM Jarre & Sebastien Tellier

14. Electrees: JM Jarre & Hans Zimmer

15. Swipe To The Right: JM Jarre & Cyndi Lauper

16. Walking The Mile: JM Jarre & Christophe

17. Falling Down: JM Jarre

18. The Heart of Noise (The Origin): JM Jarre

Furthermore, Jean-Michel 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, Switzerland and many more. See below for the full dates.

June 17 - Sónar Festival - Barcelona, Spain

July 9 - Auditorium Parco Della Musica - Rome, Italy

July 13 - Arenes de Bayonne - Bayonne, France

July 14 - Festival de Nimes - Nimes, France

July 16 - Melt! Festival - Gräfenhainichen, Germany

July 23 - Jodrell Bank - Cheshire, England

October 4 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena - Cardiff, Wales

October 6 - Brighton Arena - Brighton, England

October 7 - 02 Arena - London, England

October 8 - Barclaycard Arena - Birmingham, England

October 10 - 3Arena - Dublin, Ireland

October 13 - First Direct Arena - Leeds, England

October 14 - The SSE Hydro - Glasgow, Scotland

October 16 - Festhall - Frankfurt, Germany

October 17 - Zénith - Strasbourg, France

October 19 - Barclaycard Arena - Hamburg, Germany

October 20 - Mercedes Benz Arena - Berlin, Germany

October 22 - Electricity Conference @ ISS Dome - Dusseldorf, Germany

October 23 - Palais 12 - Brussels, Belgium

October 26 - Falconer Theatre - Copenhagen, Denmark

October 28 - Spektrum - Oslo, Norway

October 29 - Hovet - Stockholm, Sweden

October 31 - Ice Hall - Helsinki, Finland

November 2 - Saku Arena - Tallinn, Estonia

November 3 - Kaunas Arena - Kaunas, Lithuania

November 5 - Atlas Arena - ?ódz, Poland

November 6 - Spodek - Katowice, Poland

November 8 - 02 Arena - Prague, Czech Republic

November 9 - Nepela Arena - Bratislava, Slovakia

November 10 - Papp Laszlo Sport Arena - Budapest, Hungary

November 11 - Polivalent Hall - Cluj, Romania

November 13 - Kombank Arena - Belgrade, Serbia

November 15 - Arena Stožice - Ljubljana, Slovenia

November 17 - Stadthalle - Vienna, Austria

November 18 - Hallenstadion Zurich - Zurich, Switzerland

November 19 - Arena Nürnberg - Nuremberg, Germany

November 21 - Munsterlandhalle - Munster, Germany

November 22 - Heineken Music Hall - Amsterdam, Netherlands

November 24 - Halle Tony Garnier - Lyon, France

November 25 - Arena - Geneva, Switzerland

November 28 - Zénith D'Auvergne - Clermont Ferrand, France

November 29 - Zénith Metropole - Nantes, France

December 12 - AccorHotels Arena - Paris, France

Electronica is a two-volume project with 30 collaborators in total.

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 and receive 'The Heart of Noise' Pt 1 & 2 now