Rand Aldo

Falun, Sweden

This Water is Sleeping


Behind the Music

I wish people would read this book not only for the spectacular storytelling, but also for understanding how deeply and how far the issues plaguing the oceans extend. The Outlaw Ocean educated me about so many foul things that go on at sea without any of us knowing, as well as the various people and organizations fighting these injustices. 

Music is abstract by nature and does not necessarily portray anything, but I would say, in the context of this project, music plays a great role in alerting the public to these issues. This kind of journalism and this project at large are important because they help people more deeply understand the problem at hand, which can serve as the foundation for change. 

I tried to make songs that portrayed my poetic outlook of the ocean. I am fascinated by how the sea is a sort of neutral spectator to all the terrible things happening — an entity that both gives and takes away — and I sought to capture that by incorporating many of Ian’s field recordings. It feels honest to have these isolated sound clips surrounded with my music.

Rand Aldo
About Rand Aldo

Emerging in 2018, Rand Aldo has since accumulated over 100 million streams on Spotify, and made a name for himself on playlists like Sleep, Music For Concentration and Yoga & Meditation. The ambient music of Rand Aldo is identified by its delicacy and continuous search for the perfect simple melody. Rand Aldo’s love for jazz, bluegrass and baroque music occasionally cuts through the clouds, but mostly not. Behind the moniker is Swedish composer Johan Eriksson who studied composition at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK, and was awarded Honorary Membership of the Conservatoire in 2016 for significant contribution in his field. Nowadays, he resides in the Swedish countryside with his partner, twin-daughters and rescued border collie.

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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