Like many of you, I’ve been closely following the story of WikiLeaks. As it struggles to stay online after their domain-name provider had withdrawn service to the site yesterday – only one day after Amazon.com booted the site off its servers – the whistle-blowing website’s co-founder Julian Assange is on the run from Interpol.
Julian’s arrest is probably just a matter of days, but at this stage I believe this is only going to help the Wikileaks cause. With or without him – this is just to big to ever go away.
It was in April 2009 when WikiLeaks released the Collateral Murder video, and that’s when it stirred my interest. Or my anger… but mostly shame and disgust at what people in power are able, and have always been able to get away with, so easily. I hope to get some of these emotions across with the tune I put together (see below).
I composed the song in Renoise, using free VSTs: ErsDrums, Triangle II, Crystal and some free samples. The audio tracks are taken from YouTube videos: Wikileaks co-founder speaks to Alyona, WikiLeaks Iraq Shooting Video Analysis and WikiLeaks Keynote Address at The Next HOPE. The last one features Jacob Appelbaum of the Tor Project, giving a powerful and moving keynote address at The Next Hope, standing in for Assange who would have risked getting himself arrested had he shown up.
I’d also like to thank my friend Tin Vukadinović for helping me with the mix and mastering.
Is That What You Want? by Primoz Verdnik is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.