Choicest VGM - VGM #419 - Deus Ex - Hong Kong Club Music 2

Deus Ex title screen

Track composed by Alexander Brandon and Reeves Gabrels

There's not any clear indication who composed this track although Reeves Gabrels is credited with helping on all the "club music" tracks in the game and Alexander Brandon was involved in the NYC Bar music so I can only assume he's partially responsible for the Hong Kong Club music too.

Continuing on from last week where we featured interesting conversations in the Lucky Money nightclub, here is one of the best conversations in the game, despite Isaac's supposedly Australian accent being really bad (also very topical considering what's happening in Hong Kong in recent months)...

JC Denton: Despite all I’ve read about the Triads, I wasn’t prepared to see them operating in the open, on the streets, and wearing uniforms. Doesn’t the Chinese government care?

Isaac: The Chinese leave Hong Kong alone. They barricade the roads to control trade to the mainland, but they know how business is done.

JC Denton: I would think the secret smuggling operations of the Triads would disturb the Chinese government.

Isaac: Maybe the Luminous Path, but China knows that the Red Arrow are business owners, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and that they protect the city from outside influences.

JC Denton: You said 'outside influences.' What does China fear?

Isaac: China is the last sovereign country in the world. Authoritarian but willing - unlike U.N.-governed countries - to give its people the freedom to do what they want.

JC Denton: As long as they don’t break the law.

Isaac: Listen to me. This is real freedom, freedom to own property, make a profit, make your life. The West, so afraid of strong government, now has no government. Only financial power.

JC Denton: Our governments have limited power by design.

Isaac: Rhetoric--and you believe it! Don’t you know where those slogans come from?

JC Denton: I give up.

Isaac: Well-paid researchers - how do you say it? - 'think tanks,' funded by big businesses. What is that? A 'think tank'?

JC Denton: Hardly as sinister as a dictator, like China’s Premier.

Isaac: It’s privately-funded propaganda. The Trilateral Commission in the United States for instance.

JC Denton: The separation of powers acknowledges the petty ambitions of individuals; that’s its strength.

Isaac: A system organized around the weakest qualities of individuals will produce these same qualities in its leaders.

JC Denton: Perhaps certain qualities are an inseparable part of human nature.

Isaac: The mark of the educated man is the suppression of these qualities in favor of better ones. The same is true of civilization.