OceanoGraphy Released: October 17th 2009, By Groove Unlimited

This is my third album called 'OceanoGraphy'. My inspiration for this album came from the Earth's oceans and the creatures living in them. While listening to this album you will be taken on a journey through the deep waters of our oceans. You will travel together with whales, dolphins, sharks and sea turtles. Most of these animals are endangered or even threatened with extinction by the way! We should really care more about the life in our oceans. I hope to get your attention for this mysterious world in this way. It would be a real shame to loose it for ever. This album is officially endorsed by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for this reason. A part of the revenue of this album will also be donated to the WWF to help preserve these beautiful animals. I sampled a lot of sounds again myself both above as below water. This album was released during the E-live festival on the 17th of October 2009.


These samples are just low quality mp3 demos. The quality on the CD is much better! The whole is over 70 minutes long and holds 12 tracks!


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1 Antartico 06:34 The Antarctic Ocean is the fourth largest ocean and is also called the Southern Ocean. It completely surrounds Antarctica. Water temperatures can vary from -2 to 10 degrees Celsius , because of this Icebergs can occur at any time of year. Many whale species travel to these waters for food and return to warmer waters to breed later on. In 1994 a sanctuary for whales was set in the Antarctic area for that reason. I was thinking about the whales peacefully swimming and feeding in the Antarctic Ocean when I created this song.
2 Balaenoptera 05:45 The Blue Whale (Balaenoptera musculus) is a baleen whale, which means it has special baleen plates to filter small food like krill from the water. It is amazing that an animal this big feeds on such small food. At up to 32.9 meters and 172 tons or more, it is the largest animal known to have existed. The image of this graceful animal gliding through the Ocean inspired me for this song. It only has two predators: The Orca and man! For over 40 years, they were hunted almost to extinction until protected in 1966.
3 Atlantico 06:56 The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean. It covers about 22% of the Earths surface. Its name refers to the titan Atlas of the Greek Mythology. He supported the heavens by carrying the globe on his back. The Atlantic is full of life but when you are on the water you really don't see any of that. The image of all the many different species living together under water, like big schools of fish, were in my mind during the creation of this song.
4 Carcharodon 06:15 The Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias) can become more than 6 meters and 2,240 kg and is the largest predatory fish. Because of films like 'Jaws' people fear them as 'man eaters', but they feed on fish, dolphins, porpoises, whale carcasses, seals, sea lions and sea turtles. Many incidents with humans are caused by 'test-biting' or just mistaking us for seals. Great White Sharks are threatened and protected in some areas, where they are still hunted for food or souvenirs like fins, jaws and teeth. The threatening image of a Great White Shark patrolling the seas inspired me for this song.
5 Megaptera 05:05 The Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a Baleen whale and can become 12-16 meters and 36 tons. It has very long fins and is an acrobatic animal, often breaching the water. Males produce a complex song, which can last for 10 to 20 min. and is repeated for hours. These songs are what started me to create this song. They migrate up to 25,000 km each year, feeding only in summer in the polar waters and breeding in the winter in tropical waters. They were once hunted to the brink of extinction, but are still endangered.
6 OceanoGraphy 07:40 The title track about Oceanography (study of oceans). The most famous oceanographer was Jacques-Yves Cousteau. He introduced a lot of people (including me) to the mysterious world of our oceans. He also improved the aqua-lung, which gave birth to modern scuba diving. His films and other underwater documentaries are the reason I started this album. Recently I went on a submarine to watch this beautiful world with my own eyes. In this song you can hear sounds of this trip and also from my friend Chris diving.
7 Tursiops 05:04 Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) live in social groups and are very intelligent. They eat fish that they find with echolocation (making clicking sounds and listening for the echo). They also use sound for communication. I visited a Marine Park recently to record their sounds. One of the trainers let a dolphin sing especially for this album. It was fun to interact with such an intelligent animal. Unfortunately they are still hunted for food, or drowning in fishing nets as a result of tuna fishing. My youngest daughter really loves dolphins so I made this song for her.
8 Indico 05:12 The Indian Ocean is the third largest ocean, covering about 20% of the water on the Earth's surface. It is bounded by Asia (including the India, after which it is named). My wife and I did several cruises where we spend many hours or even days on the open water. I love to sit on the balcony to relax. Usually I have my headphones on listening to some music and just watch the waves and skyline go by, while trying to spot a dolphin or whale. These peaceful images of our immense oceans were also in my mind while I created this song.
9 Chelonia 05:17 The Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) is a large sea turtle. Their name comes from the green fat under their shell. They are recognized as endangered and are protected in most countries, where they are still hunted for their flesh and their eggs are collected as a delicacy. Many turtles drown also as a result of being caught in nets. Habitat loss due to human development is also a reason for the loss of nesting beaches. My oldest daughter loves turtles so I made this song for her.
10 Artico 06:14 The Arctic Ocean is the smallest and shallowest of the oceans and is located in the Arctic North Pole region. The Arctic Ocean is partly covered by sea ice throughout the year and almost completely in winter. The temperature and salt level vary seasonally as the ice cover melts and freezes. Lots is being debated nowadays about the climate changes and its influence of the melting of the ice caps. The image of standing on the ice of the North Pole with the strong polar wind blowing was my inspiration for this song.
11 Orcinus 05:46 The Orca (Orcinus orca),also called 'Killer Whale', is the largest of the dolphin family. They eat fish but also hunt sharks, sea lions, seals, walruses and even large whales. They form family groups, which are the most stable of any animal species. Their social behavior, hunting techniques, and vocal behavior have been described as culture. The image of this impressive animal and its sounds are what inspired me for this song. Although the Orca is not considered to be an internationally endangered species, some local populations are considered threatened or endangered.
12 Pacifico 05:48 The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean. It covers about 46% of the Earth's water surface and about 32% of the total surface. It is larger than the total land area of our planet combined. The name Pacific Ocean is derived from the Latin name 'Mare Pacificum' meaning peaceful sea. It was discovered by the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. In his memory I used slightly simplified Portuguese Ocean names for the tracks on this album. The image of this early maritime explorer discovering new area's of the world were in my mind when I created this song.

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