Stanton Lanier

Atlanta, USA

The Outlaw Ocean Suite


Behind the Music

I have been composing instrumental music to tell stories for 20 years. The feedback I have received from my listeners over the years is a testament to how a person’s ears, heart or mind has a unique reaction to rhythms and melodies. With The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, the melding of music and written word offers an audience a deeper freedom to create their own emotional journey as they consume these evocative stories through the different mediums of the project. It’s almost like a visual and immersive documentary. I feel as if my compositions for the project accomplish this in their own way. 

The written word — be it in journalism or through song lyrics — helps frame a story and listener’s thoughts, where-in my instrumental works provide a way to visualize their own landscape as they listen. As I selected prose and ambient tracks and created my music around them, I realized each piece told a story about The Outlaw Ocean and communicated an aspect of life on Earth that everyone can relate to on some level. Using prose and ambient tracks, the musical expression can transplant a listener to a certain place. In the case of this book and project, I want each track to take the listener along with Ian to viscerally see, feel and experience every aspect of The Outlaw Ocean.

Stanton Lanier
About Stanton Lanier

Stanton Lanier is a pianist, composer and orchestrator with a passion for touching lives through instrumental music. He has released 143 tracks from 12 albums and singles, which are enjoyed by millions of listeners around the world as life soundtracks for moments of peace and inspiration. He recently earned his Professional Certificate in Composing and Orchestrating for Film and TV from the Berklee School of Music to expand his work in composing for media. He is also the founder of the non-profit Music to Light the World, which uses his music to offer hope and healing to cancer patients, orphans in Zambia and others in need. Stanton’s Sky Whisper Sound Studios is based in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with his family.

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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