Christopher Dicker

Melbourne, Australia

Of the Hidden Sea


Behind the Music

Much of the music I normally produce focuses inward, on the emotions and thoughts within me. With The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, I had the opportunity to broaden outward exploring and reflecting on real people, places and challenges. While I took inspiration from the ocean and its overwhelmingly mysterious beauty, I drew most centrally from what was featured in Ian’s book. The stories Ian highlights in The Outlaw Ocean were deeply moving and, at times, quite visceral. 

That’s what I wanted to highlight with my songs — the truth of living at sea that Ian has worked to reveal with each piece of journalism he writes. Everything Ian touches on is grounded in reality, as opposed to something more abstract, and getting the chance to convey that by combining my artistry with Ian’s library of field recordings was new territory for me. I’ve tried to capture a vastness in these pieces in a way that makes the listener feel like they’re on a little boat amid the enormous undulating sea. I named my EP “Of the Hidden Sea” to allude to the trials hidden from society by the ocean as well as the enigmatic nature of the vast expanse of water. It’s the last great unexplored and untamed frontier, and I wanted to capture that in every way with this music.

Christopher Dicker
About Christopher Dicker

Christopher Dicker is a pianist and composer based in Melbourne. In three short years, this Australian musician has collaborated with and contributed music to projects from all over the globe. From collaborations with prolific New York artists to author Ben Hobson (Allen & Unwin), Dicker’s compositions have broad appeal to a wide audience. While Dicker’s music is often quiet and meditative, it speaks of a much broader and much grander vision. His humble recordings are rarely more than himself and his piano and have been streamed more than 23 million times on Spotify alone. Dicker has contributed these solo piano works to label compilations by 1631 Recordings, Sonder House, Bigo & Twigetti and Memoir Music (Chillhop). With the recent release of his second album, Dicker is back in the studio, composing works for string orchestra, scoring a series of short projects and creating a suite of new solo piano works.

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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