Discovery: Josh Semans

Josh Semans is a neoclassical composer from the UK who caught my attention with his new piece Holding Pattern.

By Graeme Smith

In a piece that Josh wrote and produced for Piano Day last year, he creates a looping melody which perfectly suits the title. Yet, things never become samey as single flashes of string float across the melody at opportune times. As the piece moves into its second half, things swell and become more complex, creating a cradling soundscape of synthesisers that complement the ondes Martenot that provides the main melody.

Holding Pattern is somehow both relaxing and though-provoking and seems to provide something new on each listen. Get acquainted with it below.