Akasha System

Portland, USA

Deep Sea Transmission


Behind the Music

When I read books, my mind automatically builds a world of imagery to match what’s on the page, so one of my favorite parts was taking the vivid and unique stories Ian tells, and trying to visualize them. It was a huge inspiration for everything you hear on the tracks. I wanted the tracks to have a common thread of ocean sounds and a foggy hiss that represents the isolation of life at sea and embodies the intrigue the ocean holds, much like capturing a lost transmission from worlds away. When done with enough intent, music can be an effective mechanism for storytelling and The Outlaw Ocean Music Project showcases just that, while also leaving much space for the listeners themselves to visualize and assume an active role in the art as well.

I’ve always had a close connection to the sea, and how cryptic and mysterious it can be. The Outlaw Ocean does such an extraordinary job of reeling in some of that mystery — shedding light on a range of topics that many could go their whole life never thinking about with such energy and passion. This book has left me a more conscious person when it comes to my relationship with the ocean, making me more aware of the turmoil happening out of sight. I really hope this book and project will remain a talking point and call to action to those who wish to be more aware and proactive.

Akasha System
About Akasha System

Under the alias Akasha System, Portland, Oregon-based artist, DJ, and producer Hunter P. Thompson makes ecologically-charged rhythm meditations linked to the natural world.

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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