Beatman and Ludmilla

Budapest, Hungary

Battle in a Larger War


Behind the Music

Art is the most emotionally evocative, intangible thing. It can open different senses and awaken new thoughts, something especially important in regards to the stories Ian reveals in The Outlaw Ocean and a big reason we decided to compose music for the project. 

Reading The Outlaw Ocean was a thrilling experience that we loved in its entirety. To us, there’s no one moment that stands out above the rest — the whole work is something remarkable and full of intense feelings that manifest themselves in music. When we showed our final tracks to our friends, they felt tension, anger and anxiety in the sounds of distorted drums, out-of-the-world synths, dark drones and the prose from “Battle in Larger War” that we featured in the music. When Ian listened to the finished product, he recounted it felt like visuals sent through your ears.

People always need a well-respected source to fill the gaps in their incomplete knowledge about the Earth’s issues. Ian’s reporting and this music project help make that possible in an expressive way.

Beatman and Ludmilla
About Beatman and Ludmilla

A strong set of original productions and remixes have not only launched the multi award winner Beatman and Ludmilla to the top of their genre, but they have also made them firm favourites with Paul Oakenfold. Having heavily supported them in his sets and compilations, as well as employing their remixing services several times (“Tokyo,” “Resurrection,” “Ready Steady Go”), The prospect of a debut single caused mass hysteria in the Perfecto office. They won Best Track of the Year at Breakspoll 2012 ­The 11th International Breakbeat Awards, and a year later won two awards: Breakspoll2013 The Best Label of the Year and Best Remix of the Year.

Later on, they won Breakspoll 2015 Best Radio Show of the Year with their monthly “Breakout Breeze.” They reached Beatport Breaks No. 1 ten times with their original tracks and remixes. Ludmilla has been one of the most successful and most versatile female breakbeat/electro producers and DJs for the last 20 years, with more than 3,000 DJ appearances all across Europe and playing main time.

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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