A WikiLeaks inspired tune – Is That What You Want?

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 As it struggles to stay online after their domain-name provider had withdrawn service to the site yesterday – only one day after Amazon.com booted the site off its servers – the whistle-blowing website’s co-founder Julian Assange is on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.

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Feel free to download in MP3 or OGG.

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Is That What You Want? by Primoz Verdnik is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

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Hello universe!

So here it finally is – my own place to vent and share, but hopefully there will be more of the latter than the former. Since I spent all of my inspiration for the night on designing* and setting up this  blog, I’ll simply let a song that just happens to be in my play-list speak for me:

Greetings humans, I am Ziltoid…the omniscient.
I have come from far across the omniverse.
You shall fetch me your universes ultimate cup of coffee…
Black!
You have five Earth minutes,
Make it perfect!

— Ziltoid the omniscient

Hm. On second thought, perhaps I shouldn’t let the ultimate 4th dimensional guitar hero** speak in my name. But I fully endorse his quest for the ultimate cup of coffee.

So, dear Reader, thanks for stopping by, and I hope in the future I’ll leave you more entertained than bored and more inspired than creeped out.

* The lovely twitter bird logo is “Burdy”, work of Tad Carpenter.
**  If you don’t already know Devin Townsend’s work, check him out.