Smyang Piano

Alberta, Canada

Parallel Tranquility


Behind the Music

A form of voice, a vehicle to empower narratives, and an outlet to express passions – journalism and its multifaceted delivery is integral to our society. The ocean covers more than 70% of Earth’s surface, yet we know so little about it. Ian’s reporting in The Outlaw Ocean illustrates the lawlessness hidden underneath the surface. This investigative journalism raises awareness of these terrifying events and stories, casting away ignorance and acting as a window into reality for the rest of society. It is our duty as citizens of the world to be socially aware of these problems so we can disseminate them further. 

Journalism, music and art operate as a medium that communicates a message. Music is universal and everyone can be captivated by its beauty. Interwoven with emotions and abstraction, these forms of art have the capacity to unravel issues hidden to the world. I wanted to capture some of those feelings in my tracks including chaos, excitement, sadness and melancholia. I focused on melodic elements and incorporated minor progressions to convey a sense of fear, while atmospheric foley and texture was added to instill the imagery of an empty, lawless world.

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About Smyang Piano

After finishing his classical training, Smyang Piano ventured into the world of YouTube through his piano covers. Uploading a variety of videos, ranging from K-Pop piano covers to movie soundtracks, he rapidly grew a following on the platform, amassing more than one million subscribers and 180 million views. Throughout his maturation, Smyang Piano shifted his interest into composing instrumental-new age music, instilling lofi-elements in his productions.

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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