Yellow Salamand'r - disquiet0202-costoffreedom-What Does Freedom Mean To You, Mr. Government?

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I liked "What Does Freedom Mean to You, Mr. Government?" by Anasuya Sengupta. WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU, MR. GOVERNMENT? Bassel Safadi, Tural Abbasli, Fariba Pajouh. Teesta Setalvad, Eskinder Nega, Raif Badawi. Anna Politkovskaya, Irom Sharmila, Aaron Swartz. Liu Xiaobo, Edward Snowden, Fereshteh Ghazi.* So many names, so many faces, so many breaths. Choking, or gasping, or... gone. Many more names, many more faces, many more breaths - Unknown, unseen, unheard... Gone? Do you know these names, Mr. Government? Do you feel their breath? Do you remember their faces, Mr. Government? Did you read what they said? They asked for freedom, Mr. Government - Not for war. They ask for peace, Mr. Government, To be as we are. Freedom is not a choice, Mr. Government - but you have made it a place. Hidden from all but the wealthiest, Open to a privileged gaze. The breath remains, Mr. Government, As does the word - So long as freedom is a place, Mr. Government, Its echoes will be heard. I looked for a crude sounding text to voice converter (because I don't think the "good sounding" ones are all that convincing, and I would rather work with obviously flawed technology, and it better suits the lo-fi sounds that I generate) Created a simple backing track from old unused files, and dropped the voice overtop (whilst adding an echo to the last words..."It's echoes will be heard".) That's it....I liked the verse, and didn't want to detract from it. More on this 202nd weekly Disquiet Junto project (“Create an audiobook chapter from the new essay collection The Cost of Freedom) at: The source of the text in this project is from the book The Cost of Freedom, which raises awareness about the ongoing detainment of Creative Commons coder/artist Bassel Khartabil Sadafi. More on it here: More on the Disquiet Junto at: Join the Disquiet Junto at: Subscribe to project announcements here: Disquiet Junto general discussion takes place at: #freebassel #newpalmyra #audio #disquiet0202costoffreedom #freebassel #newpalmyra

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