Richard Semper | Happy Place

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Happy Place

by Richard Semper

A collection of uplifting and melodic tunes, from dance and trance through chillout - synth instrumental and electronic.
Genre: Electronic: Synthpop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Euphoric Dance
4:56 $0.99
2. Just Chill
5:27 $0.99
3. Heavenly Shores
5:14 $0.99
4. Midnight Train
6:38 $0.99
5. New Horizon
6:16 $0.99
6. Through Uncertainty
5:53 $0.99
7. Happy Place
5:49 $0.99
8. Joy of Flight
6:32 FREE
9. A Happy Tune
4:17 $0.99
10. An Evening Cruise
4:27 FREE
11. Communication Age (Remix)
4:48 $0.99
12. Cold Front (Remix)
4:17 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
“Happy Place” - where I go to in my head when composing tunes.
I must have had a blank expression when a friend at work said ' You were miles away, what were you thinking about?' In fact I was replaying a melody in my head, and I replied ' oh, I was just in my happy place'. So this became the title for that tune, and also the album.
These tracks were all created in my spare time over about 18 months using virtual synthesisers.
They are all instrumental and electronic, influenced by my love of such as Jean-Michel Jarre, Chicane, the Shadows, 80s synth-pop and noughties trance music. I have learned much in the last couple of years from the KVR One-Synth Challenge group (check us out on soundcloud) and Computer Music Magazine.
Thanks also to my wife Jenny, who has provided graphics and artwork, video production for youtube, and the vocals on track 2 Just Chill.

Created while following a lesson in dance/trance music transitions - used stop-clap, record-stop, filter in and out etc. Call and response opening, trance saws leading, and seventies style lead.

This began life as a moody chord playing session on the piano. The bass line was built to follow it with a syncopated beat to compliment. Each section gradually builds with added layers to an unusual crash down. The middle section (I call the 'sweet bit') is inspired by Jean-Michel Jarre's Equinoxe era, though the track as a whole has, I feel, a Chicane feel to it. This version features guest vocals by Jenny Semper.

Relentless arpeggios, filter swept white noise, gated and swept synth strings give this a constantly moving atmosphere. This was the earliest composition for this album, and features soundfont samples adapted to a software sampler.

My favourite track on the album. Atmospheric and rhythmic. Inspired by some cafe del mar trance/chill out tracks from the noughties.

This tune evokes a sense of life-change and adventure, with strong confident piano chords, slightly wistful melodic elements, and main synth melody in final section.

Follows on from new horizon, broken up with a glitchy off-key section. Contains plaintive moody elements and reassuring melodic parts which move between different instrument sounds.

Firmly rooted in a compelling sad/wistful chord sequence, this opens with guitar playing arpeggio following the chord sequence and melody on gated and filter-swept layered synth strings. The second half gives full reign to the sequence, only pulling back near the end.
For me it's the feeling of the last day of a great holiday.

Originally produced for the KVR One-Synth Challenge in October 2013, at the height of writing tunes for this album, I always intended this should be included.
Starting with an arpeggio on the chords which slows down to lead on to the full bass sequence, this has a euro-style rhythm and progression which leads to a plucked bass-lead solo, and on through a further bass drop leading to the final melodic sequence with a gratifying 'arrival' arpeggio. Ends with a return to the arp and rallentando from the start.
Made entirely using DUNE-CM (a special version of Synapse Audio's synth for Computer Music Magazine), which has great sounds and is a pleasure to use.
I have updated it to use the full version, with few changes - just the mix, EQ, and some of the sounds slightly altered.

A Jolly, anthemic tune, its like the opening day of a major event, everything in preparation. Created using Square synth, SynthmasterCM, Avatar, Plex and Dune.
Inspired by PPK uses a square wave for lead and arpeggiated accompaniment. I recorded and sampled the whistling parts.

An atmospheric acoustic guitar and synth chillout tune, inspired by Hank Marvin and Fleetwood Mac.
Created using Spectral Synth by Linplug, for the KVR one-synth challenge. Everything is in the synth with no external effects. Not much changed from the original apart from mix levels, and slight variations in the lead.

Created using T-Force Alpha Plus for the One Synth Challenge. An upbeat fun trance tune using a plucky lead sound, trance saws, and some robot-voice sounds (chipmunks).
Remixed for the album, including replaced piano sound, shorter edit, and solo sections on the saws for extra impact.

12 COLD FRONT (Remix)
originally created using OBXD, an Oberheim synth emulation, for KVR one-synth challenge. Slightly remixed and remastered.



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