- The journalist documenting abuses at sea who opened an archive of field recordings to musicians.
- Despite covering 71 percent of the globe, what happens on the world's oceans generally remains unknown to those on land. Ian Urbina's book The Outlaw Ocean is the product of five years documenting the lawlessness of the open seas, detailing abuses from human trafficking and slavery to weapons smuggling and environmental vandalism. Instead of reporting exclusively with the written word, Urbina made extensive field recordings during his voyages. The Outlaw Ocean Music Project has opened up this archive to over 400 musicians from 60 countries who have transfigured the book's contents into aural narratives, extending awareness of the injustices perpetrated on the Earth's oceans to a new medium.
In conversation with Carlos Hawthorn, Urbina provides an insight into life, crime and sound at sea, explaining the motivations driving The Outlaw Ocean Music Project and the records that transport him back to the sites described in his reporting.
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