Brad Reason

Amsterdam, Netherlands & New York, NY

The Beacon


Behind the Music

It’s difficult to pick one specific moment in Ian’s book that moved me the most. With each turn of the page as I read about new characters, I felt like I was being exposed to a whole other side of the world through Ian’s storytelling — one full of crime, unchecked murder, danger, intrigue and fear. Getting the chance to do the same, to guide listeners into the unknown, with my own musical work was thrilling. I wanted to capture that broad vastness of an unexplored terrain, as well as the mystery of feeling lost and rediscovering your way. Music has the ability to bring topics further into the light of social awareness, with people absorbing information and then taking their new-found knowledge in many different ways. People will interpret these songs however they choose, but the musical contributions of this project add another layer of access to listeners and readers alike — providing another way to experience the world of The Outlaw Ocean.

Brad Reason
About Brad Reason

Brad Reason began digital music production and creation in 1995 while attending Baltimore School for the Arts for Theatre. Over the course of the next two and a half decades, Brad has produced or performed in over 2,500 live events and over 5,000 live virtual events, including everything from directing/writing a play, to throwing a DJ rave on a farm, to entertaining as a juggling stilt-walking clown on the boardwalk.  He has received praise and accolades throughout his career, including a feature in URB Magazine, an interview with Drew Carey, and the Electrolux Innovision Award for "Most Innovative DJ." Notable collaborative projects include artistic production/performance for IBM, AMD, Intel, CBS, Orange, Electrolux, Playboy, Remedy Communications, Princeton University, Caesars Atlantic City and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey. Brad Reason has always had a passion for expanding the arts through creative digital technology, out-of-the-box multimedia and virtual environments.

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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