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James Semple
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    A Moment of Peace
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    Maiden Voyage
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    Impressionist 1930s Horror Music
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Profile Information

What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Film, Web, Orchestra, Songs, film, television, web, multimedia
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Orchestral film score
Is music your main income source?
No - Not Yet
Where do you live?
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
Hi, I'm a 40 year old music fan! I've been playing guitar for about 20 years now and I tend to play in most styles.

Over this couple of years I've been learning how to orchestrate with virtual instruments and write to picture. I've also completed both the Music for the Media and Digital Musician courses.

I'm currently working on several projects with a few films under my belt these days.

Always interested to collaborate on projects with people.

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Taking the fifth!

Posted on February 14, 2013 at 7:17am 7 Comments

OK ... I HAVE to tackle this subject because I've found that it so often comes up in musical conversation and is massively misunderstood. The usage and avoidance of parallel fifths and parallel octaves

My idea is to try and get the basic understanding across of when we do and don't use these devices and most of the reasoning why. As it can be a bit of a touchy subject I had the article double-checked by two musicologists: Maria Antal and Yaiza Varona.…


John Williams in Love

Posted on November 27, 2012 at 5:30am 7 Comments

Hey everyone, sorry it's been so long since my last blog post. I finally found a new subject that I thought would be perfect. Also apologies for the lack of formatting. I'm writing this from my phone on a train in Rome. When I get to a laptop I'll clean it up.

In this article we're going to examine a device used by John Williams in many of his love themes. In the past I've examined how he uses the harmonic minor to great effect. Here we are going to look at his usage of the melodic… Continue

A simple but effective reverb setup

Posted on March 12, 2012 at 11:18am 17 Comments

Hi all,


I know I know it's been ages but I thought I'd quickly throw out a blog on how I set up my reverb for orchestral mixes. I used to use a really, really complicated method but of late I've settled on something fairly simple and straightforward that I feel works and gives a realistic result and uses fairly modest CPU.


I'm literally only going to use QL Spaces for this and we're going to set up some sends.


So as a starting point we might as…


Harmonic Mining

Posted on September 26, 2011 at 5:58am 2 Comments


Yes! It's the return of my blog posts and their awful puns for titles... I can never resist them! Recently I'd been investigating some orchestral scores from favourite composers and realised that some of my favourite sounds and devices were achieved by using the harmonic minor scale as a resource but in a non-traditional way. Eventually I felt I had enough material to dedicate an entire blog post to it. Hopefully this will be…


The Composiums

Posted on October 19, 2010 at 11:06am 1 Comment

This is just an incredibly brief blog post to say thank you so much to everyone who came along to the Composium this last weekend.

I was especially pleased to see all the new people who turned up this time and fit right into the group. Lots of excellent discussions on a variety of subjects (occasionally music even came up) ... lots of laughs, lots of drinks and some excellent, excellent food at a beautiful restaurant.

My feeling is that the next one will be in…


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At 5:18pm on July 21, 2016, Larry Elliott said…

Greetings James,

I enjoyed listening to your music. It is written well and recorded nicely. Thanks so much for sharing.

Very best,

Larry Elliott

At 1:55am on August 27, 2011, Paulo cesar Maia de Aguiar (Br) said…
At 1:10pm on June 28, 2011, Sugeng Pratikno said…

Hi James.... Thanks for the friendship :)

At 9:26am on April 13, 2011, Anthony Berlin said…
Thank you, James! :) You're no bad composer, yourself!
At 5:06pm on April 5, 2011, Hugh Davies said…
Hi James, thanks for welcoming me to the forum, I'll be exploring it soon and hope to get more involved asap. Cheers, Hugh
At 6:08am on March 11, 2011, P.Petridis said…
Awesome work my friend and beautiful productions!!!!
At 5:07pm on January 13, 2011, Beth Patterson said…

Great music! Do you mind me asking how you create your music? What programmes etc? Sounding really good.



At 3:59pm on November 28, 2010, Doug Lauber said…
Hey, I enjoyed your Impressionist 1930's Horror Music...
At 9:51am on November 9, 2010, Jimmy Hinson said…
Also, your blogs are awesome as well, great advice and insight!
At 2:08pm on November 2, 2010, GaribaldiMusic said…
Hi James! Thanks for adding me.

I have checked out your music here on the site and it's great!
I don't understand how you guys can it to sound so good. I have all the same libraries and stuff
but still can't make it.

Looking forward to see you again. Maybe at the next get together


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