Steven Rutter

Kent, England

Present Particle


Behind the Music

I have never worked on a project like this in my career. The whole idea is unlike anything before.

As someone who gravitates towards music and design, I likely wouldn’t have learned of these problems by reading about them. This journalism is incredibly important in revealing truths that might seem far away or difficult to confront and presenting these world issues in this way will reach a whole new audience.

In my approach for this project, I decided to listen to the extensive sound archive taken from Ian’s reporting and note the feelings I experienced. Those initial emotions were strong driving forces to the tracks. I built my songs around this, centering them in a dark, foreboding perspective that holds a note of hope.

Steven Rutter
About Steven Rutter

Steven Rutter is one half of B12 — the label and performing duo with 2 albums on Warp Records as well as releases on Delsin, Soma, Central Processing Unit and De:tuned to name but a few. Notable albums “Electro-Soma” and “Time Tourist” were both released as a part of WARP's seminal and genre-defining Artificial Intelligence series in the early ‘90s. Making electronic music for almost 30 years, he is often cited as one of the creators of UK techno.

He now owns and runs FireScope Records with artists such as John Shima, Derek Carr and Morphology creating astonishing releases. His own solo EP called “From Me To You” and “Brain Fog” LP on the label have been greatly received by both the media and fans. In 2018, Steven created a video of his live set up commissioned by Roland, showcasing 5 of their boutique synthesisers along with drum machines and computers. Performance credits include headline slots at Fabric in London and the infamous Berghain in Berlin for New Years Eve.

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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