Published Oct 29, 2015Las Vegas electronic duo the Crystal Method are known for contributing music to videogames and action movies, but now their music has been used for a very different type of soundtrack: Russia's state-owned TV network VGTRK apparently included the duo's music in a drone video showing the violence taking place in Syria. In response, the Crystal Method have denounced the use of their music to promote or publicize a war.
The clip conveys the harrowing damage that has been done to Jobar, a rebel-held suburb of the Syrian capital city of Damascus. The drone footage displays explosions amidst ravaged buildings and purports to show Bashar al-Assad's Syrian forces moving into Jobar. The whole thing is soundtracked by the song "High Roller" from the duo's 1997 debut album Vegas.
The band responded with the following statement:
It has come to our attention over the last 24 hours that the Kremlin via Russian state broadcaster VGTRK have used our song 'High Roller' as the soundtrack to some shocking drone footage from Syria. The use of our music in this context is in no way authorized and the Crystal Method do not condone the use of violence for the resolution of any conflict. Our hearts go out to the people of Syria affected by this terrible war and their friends and families.
The chilling video can be seen at the Telegraph.