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The new Samplehound single Spring is now available on all major streaming services. A gentle, ambient track inspired by the coming of spring in Spain, it portrays the warmth of the sun and the blue of the sky, and the life returning to nature.  Close to the end, the music imitates the call of a cuckoo, a bird that migrates to Europe in spring. It is possible sometimes to enjoy the beauty of nature, even in times of pandemic.

Samplehound is a project set up by UK musician and composer Rich Townsend.  Retired from a career in the commercial world, Rich, 59, now has the time and energy to develop his music. He is aiming  to release Independently a total of 16 albums of new music between 2020 and the end of 2024.

Rich works with synthesisers and samplers to create music with the aim of making people feel better, something that is important in these difficult times. Rich uses elements from jazz, rock and classical music to create electronic music with strong melodies, beautiful harmonies and powerful dynamics. He creates acoustic pieces too, some of which are folk-oriented, others based on classical music or jazz. Some Samplehound albums will mix electronic and acoustic elements together; others will be purely acoustic. Some will be energising and uplifting, others relaxing and restful. The more gentle Samplehound albums will be given the label Samplehound Relax.

Rich plays jazz piano in London big band King Groovy and the Hornstars.  He lives with his partner and their dog in south-east England.  He is a big fan of Chick Corea, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Bill Bruford, Eliane Elias, Donald Fagen, Peter Gabriel, Muse, Stevie Wonder and Michel Camilo. He is also influenced by the original generation of prog bands such as Genesis, Camel and Rush. 

Rich (with lockdown hair)

Rich (with lockdown hair)

PRAISE FOR SAMPLEHOUND

Beautiful” - Kev Rowe

— Spotify Playlister

I loved every minute of this” - Luiness at Peace of Mind

— Spotify Playlister

Awesome” - Max Fedoseev

— Dreamy Soundscapes

Harold Budd had a few drinks with Weather Report and they all decide to make an album...Brian Eno pops by the studio and joins in, along with a guy from a local underground club who happens to have a modular on his person...” - Tony Flynn, Composer

— Sound on Sound Forum

Most recent single and album

Spring (2021)

Samplehound

A gentle, ambient track inspired by the coming of spring in Spain, it portrays the warmth of the sun and the blue of the sky, and the life returning to nature.  Close to the end, the music imitates the call of a cuckoo, a bird that migrates to Europe in spring. It is possible sometimes to enjoy the beauty of nature, even in times of pandemic.

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Cabin Fever (2021)

Samplehound

A straight ahead and uplifting electronic album with some soulful piano ballads and impressionistic pieces featuring mallet instruments.

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Holiday, Bittersweet, Blue Fingers , Cabin Fever  and Hello Sunshine are mid- to-uptempo electronic music tracks.  Cabin Fever was originally inspired by being stuck at home during a long period of rainy days, but it has a special resonance during the pandemic.

Mystic Sanctus and Snow on Serella are more impressionistic pieces using vibraphone, celesta, marimba and glockenspiel samples. Serella is a mountain in the Costa Blanca area of Spain. 

Words of Love, Depend on It  and Beloved are gentle piano based ballads. The introduction to Words of Love  is a coded version of my partner’s name. 

 

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