Christopher Willits collaborates with The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, an unusual collaboration with journalist Ian Urbina

Christopher Willits album cover for The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, a project by Ian Urbina

Ian’s work reveals the dark secrets of the sea and, in doing so, illuminates hope for change.

— Christopher Willits for The Outlaw Ocean Music Project

WASHINGTON DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, USA, June 27, 2022 / — In a personal and thoughtful video, musician Christopher Willits explains why he teamed up with investigative journalist Ian Urbina to attract focus on human rights and environmental abuse at sea with The Outlaw Ocean Music Project.

The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, led by the Synesthesia Media label, is an expansive global effort to bring The Outlaw Ocean Project’s investigative journalism to a wider audience by releasing music inspired by offshore reporting.

Covering genres from classical to hip-hop to electronic, hundreds of musicians from around the world have joined the effort. Many of the artists involved in the project draw from an audio archive of field recordings captured by Urbina while reporting offshore.

Christopher Willits is a musician who creates immersive ambient music. Over the past 20 years he has produced a prolific and diverse catalog of deep listening while pioneering new ways the sound space can bring people together.

Willits explained his excitement to join the project and what he stood for.

“The invitation to work on the music for this book was not a decision for me. It was truly a dream come true,” he said.

Willits’ EP goes beyond the text of The Outlaw Ocean to communicate the paradoxes that occur on the high seas.
“Having such a detailed and poetic explanation of these issues and problems that we have with the ocean, provided different kinds of fuel for my creative process,” Willits said. “It really grounded him in intentions of healing, intentions of expressing grief.”

Thus, the song “The Unknown Sea” seeks to portray the incoherent rhythm of the sea.

“Music can express the unknown, like feelings beyond words. My music reflects the mystery and magnitude of the ocean, but beneath the surface of the sound is a story of heartbreak and healing,” Willits said.

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About the Outlaw Ocean Project:

The Outlaw Ocean Project is a non-profit journalism organization founded by Ian Urbina that produces investigative reporting on environmental and human rights issues at sea around the world. The project seeks not only to produce polished, narrative investigative journalism, but also to amplify that reporting by converting it into other media to reach new audiences around the world.

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