“The journey took us more than 4 1/2 years, but the end product will be an amazing album with musicians from all over the world...”

Determined to break free from the constraints of their Berlin studio, sound designers Ben and Hannes decided that if the talent wouldn’t come to them, they’d go to the talent.

Before long they found themselves on a boat filled with recording equipment and travelling from port to port to unearth musical brilliance from every corner of the world.

Two years, 35 countries and five continents later, the pair have compiled an album like no other, full of unique collaborations and as yet unknown artists.

Photographer: Lars Borges for the Guardian.