Short Bio

The new Samplehound single Rebuilding  is now released. It's a gentle, classical-style piece for solo piano, written after Rich Townsend (who is the musician behind Samplehound)  suffered a flood at home.  After all the clearing up comes the process of putting things right again - that's what this track is about. It's a slow, long and sometimes difficult and painful process - Rich hopes the song encourages other people who are on that path to keep going with it. It is part of the upcoming Samplehound album 'A Good Man', which will release in 2022.

Samplehound is a project set up by UK musician and composer Rich Townsend.  Retired from a career in the commercial world, Rich, 60, now has the time and energy to develop his music, which he has been writing over many years. He is aiming  to release independently a total of 16 albums of new, high-quality music between 2020 and the end of 2024. Six albums are already released, with another two ready to be released before the end of the year.  

Rich’s main inspirations for writing are people who have been important to him, and the beauty of the natural world.

Rich works with synthesisers and samplers to create music with the aim of making people feel good, 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 and ambient 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. 

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)


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

Latest Album - Cabin Fever (2021)


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.