Philadelphia, USA

Sea Legs


Behind the Music

I find it remarkable that our planet is predominantly made up of water and most people only know the little sliver of the ocean, lake or stream they occasionally dip their toes in, entirely unaware of all that happens beneath the surface. It’s eye-opening to read this kind of journalism and to be confronted with all that occurs out on the oceans — bondage, slavery, pollution. 

By introducing reporting and information into music and art, you can add another layer of awareness and even more depth to the storytelling itself. For my songs, I tried to take the listener on a journey by pairing some of the specific audio recordings — such as the testimonials and sounds of the sea — with music that complimented the emotions that I was trying to project.

About Starkey

Paul ‘Starkey’ Geissinger is a Philadelphia-based producer, composer and artist. The majority of Paul’s production work has been released for the past decade under the moniker, Starkey. Some performance highlights include being the only American producer selected for the “Generation Bass” BBC Radio 1 special on Mary Anne Hobbs’ show in 2008, as well as one of the first DJs to host a residency on Mistajam’s BBC 1Xtra “Daily Dose” mix. In 2012, he released his critically acclaimed album “Orbits,” which Pitchfork gave an 8/10 and called “classic synth grandeur.” His 2015 album, “The Transponder Orchestra” was Bleep’s album-of-the-week, saying “his style has become grander and more ambitious in scope.”

Paul’s 2016 releases, Odyssey Five and Charting Stardust (Original Soundtrack), built upon the acoustic-analogue sound he’s been cultivating with his NOREMIXES imprint, while still retaining the core elements of his revered heavy bass meets syncopated synthesized sounds. In 2019, he released New Theia: Today and New Theia: Tomorrow on Eat the Bomb. The New Theia series found the producer expanding his use of modular synthesizers to further his hybrid grime/electronic sound. 

Paul’s music has been featured in many ads and shows. Paul has also scored two films from director Josh Cohen, as well as the award-winning VR experience, Vestige. Paul has produced and remixed artists across the musical spectrum, including classical, dance, rock and hip hop.

Paul is co-owner of the internationally distributed Seclusiasis and NOREMIXES record labels — the former celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2016.

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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