ViƱa del Mar, Chile

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Behind the Music

The extent of human greed and cruelty knows no limits, and Ian’s words in The Outlaw Ocean is proof of that fact. The interview with the stowaway, the stories from those risking their lives in pursuit of a better future — it’s all so powerful and eye-opening. Putting music and words together to portray this harsh reality completely unknown to most (myself included) creates a strong emotional experience no one can ignore and that drives change. 

This is the first time I’ve composed music based on a book, and it’s an interesting creative path I hope to take again in the future. I was so inspired as I ventured through the rousing world of The Outlaw Ocean Project, and I’m so glad to have played a part in a work as innovative as this. 

About Barretso

Barretso is an ‘80s-influenced music producer based in Viña del Mar, Chile. His debut EP “Bright City Lights” was released in 2010. His next EP,  “Celeste” was released the following year. Both are considered by many to be part of the foundation of modern Synthwave.      

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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