Washington, USA

Sinking Flares


Behind the Music

The beauty of merging journalism with music is that it gives more gravity to a topic. Where the actual reporting of a story brings to light an issue that might otherwise be ignored, music layers in a sense of empathy and compassion. When music provides the soundtrack for a work of journalism, it helps paint a more detailed picture for the reader or listener. It gives the story a greater depth and life. Given how much I respect Ian’s reporting, I was excited to have the opportunity to do this for his book in a way that has never been done before.

About IHF

Washington, D.C. based Ben Gorvine, better known by his stage name IHF, captivates listeners around the world with his melodic and atmospheric electronic music. His music first gained traction with the release of his “Floating” EP in 2014, which accumulated millions of streams online. His 2016 sophomore EP release, “Departure,” solidified his place in the electronic music community as an artist with his own unique sound. One of his more well-known tracks, “Evolve,” caught the attention of Google and was used in their 2016 Olympics ad campaign. 

Ben’s online presence resulted in a wide array of opportunities, from touring with artists such as Big Wild, Griz, Glass Animals, Thievery Corporation, STS9, Hayden James and Elderbrook, to playing major festivals including Coachella, Electric Forest and Lightning in a Bottle. Ben is currently working on his highly-anticipated third EP. His extensive catalogue of unreleased original music will make for a stimulating, immersive and emotionally introspective live show, along with new scoring and soundtrack opportunities in 2020.

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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