More music on privacy and surveillance


In addition to the music on privacy and surveillance recommended here, you might also wish to hear, if so inclined:

  • The Future’ by Leonard Cohen, who already in 1992 saw the future somehow looked a little bit too much exactly like the past, and sang ‘there’ll be the breaking of the ancient western code, your private life will suddenly explode’ (in his ‘The Futurealbum);
  • Privacy’ by Michael Jackson, an anti-paparazzi anthem by the King of Pop with references to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales (‘I need my privacy, I need my privacy, so paparazzi, get away from me’, goes the chorus, and then comes the warning ‘some of you still wonder why, one of my friends had to die, to get a message across, that yet you haven’t heard‘); it was featured in the 2001 album ‘Invicible’, and includes a guitar solo by Slash;
  • Privacy‘ by Sutekh (soft electronics over the noise of somebody reading something, 2002);
  • Privacyby Glass Homes (straightforward post-punk about privacy as a luxury and ignorant masses controlled by fear, 2011);
  • RFID‘ by German band Camera (an atmospheric instrumental introduced by distant walkie talkie security chatter, 2012);
  • Big Brother on Acid‘, the debut album of US project Big Brother on Acid (experimental fluctuating sounds with no particular relation with reality, 2014);
  • Security‘ by Wolfgang Merx (dark synthcore from Cologne quoting Orwell and Huxley, 2014);
  • Oceania‘, the debut album by Surveillance, a side project of member of Assemblage 23 (EBM with industrial tendencies all about Homeland Security, thoughtcrimes and voyeuristic eyes);
  • Kaoson kaj kontrolo‘, a compilation by Breathe Compilations (assorted electronics pivoting around dichotomies such as chaos/control or privacy/geolocalisation, partially inspired by David Ordaz Bulos writings on the economy of surveillance, 2015);
  • Surveillance’ by Mutoid Man, a band with a former member of Converge and a former member of Cave-In offering nervous post-hardcore-punk, and warning about the fact ‘there’s a veil within surveillance‘ (2015);
  • Big Brother‘ by FiveSidedDice, from South Africa (friendly ska punk to dance around while Big Brother’s watching you, 2016);
  • Privacy, by David Edlund (lazy instrumental hip-hop drifting on its own, 2016);
  • Surveillance‘, by Elliott Power (beautiful retro-trip-hop about resisiting the fear, 2016);
  • Data protection, also known as ‘Microsoft SQL Server Data Protection‘, a song by Killa DBA (2016) about protecting your data, in the mood for IT love; and
  • Songs From The Surveillance Age‘ by Mr. Bitterness and The Guilty Pleasures (liquid electronic pop mildly worried about this brave new world, 2017).


This list complements this review of music on privacy and surveillance.