York, England

Silent Seas


Behind the Music

Words can evoke strong emotions and move people to make a change. Music is also capable of stirring feelings, albeit in a different way than words can. A powerful piece of music has the ability to make people stop what they’re doing and listen — something that’s becoming ever rarer these days and that’s more important than ever. 

I’ve always wanted to have the chance to make music that would have this effect and make a positive change in the world, and so I was over the moon when Ian got in touch with me about this project. I was enamored with the oceans as a child, so much so that I had an obsession with whale music and sounds as a little boy. Getting the chance to tell the story of the ocean, as well as shed light on some of the issues Ian highlights in The Outlaw Ocean, was a huge source of inspiration when creating my tracks.

The outlaw state of the oceans aren’t the only problems facing our seas or even our world. This is just the surface and I look forward to the future stories Ian reports on.

About LTR

LTR, or Lukas T. Reinhardt, has been an independent musician since 2009. His music is well known for its dream-like melodies and usage of thought-provoking quotes. LTR is originally from Germany but grew up around the world in China, Oman, Norway, the Netherlands and the U.K. His passion and love for creating beautiful songs that take his listeners on a journey of the imagination are illustrated through his colorful and abstract music videos. In a world that’s continuously speeding up, LTR is a unique artist with a refreshing presence of slow and mindful sounds.

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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