Patricia Spero

Chigwell, England



Behind the Music

The Outlaw Ocean Project is the epitome of investigative journalism at its very best. Ian fully immersed himself in pursuit of this very important story that needs to be told. This kind of reporting reveals terrible and horrifying facts that must be brought into the focus of public domain. Great music and art appeal to people on a very subliminal level. It can influence their ideas and feelings toward a person or an event, moving them to look at the world differently. 

I play and write music for the harp, whose sound is soothing, uplifting and can take you on a journey of the imagination and soul. I focused on composing music that illustrates life at sea in its many forms, from drifting on idyllic oceans — with the sound of whale songs to inspire you — to the monotony of spending months at sea to the terrifying power of an ocean storm. 

While harp music is a serene sound that refreshes and relaxes, it can also leave someone ennobled and empowered with a calm sense of tranquility. I think the music we have written to illustrate The Outlaw Ocean could inspire or motivate a desire to change the outcomes of the crimes happening at sea that Ian has unveiled.

Patricia Spero
About Patricia Spero

Patricia Spero is a classically trained harpist with a degree from Trinity College of Music, London. She has played with many orchestras and now specializes in recital work and recording.

She has more than 25 albums currently in production ranging from classical to modern music, and she also writes and records her own meditative harp music. She often collaborates with other musicians for experimental and improvisational recordings and concerts.

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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