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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.

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.

Stream ‘Exit’

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Collaborating from Snowden’s delivery of his core message, Jarre layers and sculpts the American’s words around a driving techno beat that conjure 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.


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

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 – Łódz, 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
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE has been one of the pioneering forces throughout the electronic music scene over the last four decades, having originally made his name in the 1970s for his critically acclaimed album OXYGENE. OXYGENE was unmistakably a catalyst that set electronic music well on its way to becoming the behemoth that it is today, with JEAN-MICHEL’s music and follow through albums (Equinoxe, Magnetic Fields, RendezVous, Chronology) breaking down boundaries of composing and production paving the path for what has become today the most popular genre of music of all time.  With over 80 million albums sold worldwide to date, musicians and contemporary DJs often refer to JARRE’s influence and innovation, not only for his music but also for his singular vision and creation of outdoor concerts experience.  JEAN-MICHEL JARRE’s legendary concerts have attracted Guinness Record-breaking audiences, with his live shows often, if not always, taking place in some of the most extraordinary settings worldwide. He was the first western musician ever to be invited to perform in post-Mao China, and has also played the likes of the Great Pyramids in Egypt, The Sahara Desert and The Eiffel Tower in addition to perhaps his most famous performance ever, where he played to a record 3.5 million people in Moscow. All in all, JARRE has held Guinness World Records for the largest live audiences over the continents.   JEAN-MICHEL JARRE is synonymous with the legendary as he continues to break new ground with each piece of music and live performance.

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