Their Dogs Were Astronauts

Vienna, Austria

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Behind the Music

Utilizing music within the context of journalism can be incredibly impactful. With music, you can communicate very special emotions through a piece that can entirely change the way you experience an idea. When crafting our tracks for The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, we wanted to capture the feelings we had while reading the book and especially the emotions we experienced while reading the chapters “A Rusty Kingdom” and “Jail Without Bars.” We then combined those specific tones with the general mood of our songs, building on sound samples and instruments we thought would compliment them best. The resulting EP was a work unlike anything we’ve ever produced.

We ultimately hope listeners feel the way we did when reading The Outlaw Ocean. This book was incredibly intriguing to us considering how it is written from a first-person perspective, allowing a reader to visualize and almost relive the moments described in vivid detail by Ian. More than that, it was interesting to gain insight through Ian’s immersive reporting into all of the things happening at sea that we normally don’t hear about.

Their Dogs Were Astronauts
About Their Dogs Were Astronauts

Founded in Vienna, Austria during 2014, Their Dogs Were Astronauts is an instrumental progressive metal outfit formed by a duo of charismatic brothers: Denis and Leonard Roth. Merging groove-laden prog with flavors of electronic influence, the pair's music wraps ear-pleasing melodies around an array of jagged, foot-tapping riffs. Citing influences across the genres of classical, jazz and fusion to prominent modern acts such as "Animals As Leaders," "TesseracT" and "Periphery," Their Dogs Were Astronauts have proven to be an unstoppable force of creativity when it comes to refining the ever-changing shape of genre-hopping sound. With four EP releases and four studio albums already behind them, Their Dogs Were Astronauts released their studio album “Dreamcatcher” on February 6, 2020.

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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