Los Angeles, USA



Behind the Music

In “Storming the Thunder,” Cataldo’s bombastic persona, the grueling pursuit and the sheer perilousness of it all plays out like a blockbuster film—albeit with real stakes and real criminals. What most enthrals me about the story is the Sea Shepherd crew’s relentless pursuit of justice. These ‘eco-warriors,’ as they are described in the chapter, inspire me profoundly. Their quest to detain the Thunder felt righteous: a moral obligation to the ocean itself.

I want my music to feel beautiful and serene, yet dramatic and urgent, like the book itself. By capturing the majesty and sublimity of the ocean, mixed with the potency and extremity of its lawlessness, I hope to inspire a sense of wonder at the vastness and complexity of the ocean, and an urgency to respond to its most pressing social issues.

About Rinzen

Rinzen is an electronic artist from Los Angeles seeking to build entire worlds with his music. Dedicated to the pursuit of wonder, Rinzen combines cinematic sound design with forward-thinking techno production to create something that is downright awe-inspiring.

Since launching his project in 2017, Rinzen has become a rising figure in the global electronic scene, with releases on deadmau5's iconic mau5trap imprint as well as underground labels like Desert Hearts and Yoshitoshi.

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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