Nicholas Gunn

Los Angeles, USA

The Sound of Freedom


Behind the Music

Of all the 21 albums I’ve created throughout my career, I’ve never had an opportunity such as this to work with material that has such a deep meaning and is related to a relevant topic like that of The Outlaw Ocean. Anyone can create an audio clip and compose music to it. But to use soundbites taken by a journalist while in the field reporting real stories as they unfold sets a strong intention and provides more meaning. It gives more weight, both to the music and the sentiments the music seeks to capture. 

One of my favorite clips was the sounds of gulls and fishing I featured in “The Sound of Freedom.” There was an expansiveness to it — not just acoustically, with the natural reverb from the gulls, but also in the simplicity of the lone fisherman winding in his reel. My music has always focused on peace and reflection, so it suited my idea of how I hope the ongoing struggle of lawlessness on our oceans ends.

We as musicians already tell stories through lyrics, and this project is simply an extension of that. Although these sounds are not melodically infused, the sounds and rhythms still convey a powerful message that allows for an expansion of the imagination. With my tracks, I wanted weave a tale for the listener  — a direction for them to follow that will enable them to learn more about what is happening in the world, specifically out on the high seas.

Nicholas Gunn
About Nicholas Gunn

Born and raised in the U.K. and a student of the Royal Academy of Music, Gunn has produced and composed over 20 solo albums — along with countless other productions — selling and reaching millions worldwide. Transitioning to a more electronic sound in recent years, Gunn has also included vocals on his most recent productions alongside a lyrical style that is uniquely his.

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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