The Story of Soothing Relaxation

Soothing Relaxation is a project started by the Norwegian composer Peder B. Helland. What is the story behind the project and my work? Read on to learn more about Soothing Relaxation.

Hi! My name is Peder B. Helland. I have been very interested in film music from an early age. When I realized it was possible to make your own film music with only a computer and keyboard, I was astonished. It was actually possible to make your own melodies and make them sound good on your computer? I was sold - I had to get the necessary equipment to do so. 

I discovered this a few years after I had received my very own keyboard as a gift from my parents. This keyboard had the option to record multiple layers of sounds and melodies on top of each other, and I had already started to fiddle around with this and sharing my melodies on YouTube. Luckily I had taken some piano lessons when I was younger and I had a pretty good understanding of music theory, also due to the fact that I was playing trombone in a marching band. 

I quickly fell in love in the process of coming up with ideas and creating your own melodies and soundscapes. The piano became a big part of my life and the perfect creative outlet. I loved to make short films that I sometimes shared on YouTube and I enjoyed making the music for them. Among other things, I made stop-motion videos using Legos and added my own music to it. 

After several years of sharing my own music and music covers I made, a few people somehow started to find my channel and music. At this point of time I was experimenting with a lot of different genres, including Halloween music, relaxing music, ethnic inspired music and even a few attempts at party music (I am sorry if you heard those). I loved the process of creating melodies, regardless of the genre.

I gradually realized that the listeners on my channel were interested in different parts of my music, and it felt natural to somehow distinguish the different genres from each other. It was at this point I decided to create a separate channel on YouTube, called Soothing Relaxation, devoted to calm music. Soothing Relaxation was born. 

I started to get more and more interested in the kind of music I made for Soothing Relaxation. In many ways I found it to be therapeutic to make relaxing music. It was a great way to calm down after a long day, I felt great making it and at the same time my work seemed to have a positive impact on the listeners, based on the comments and messages I received. 

It was a never an abrupt switch, and I am still making other genres of music to this day, but during the last couple of years I have devoted a lot of time making soothing music and videos. I still love it and I think this must be one of the best jobs in the world.

Growing up I was always interested in music production, but I never had the faintest idea that one day I would be able to compose music for a living. I just looked at it as a hobby that I loved doing after school and studies.

A lot of things have happened since then and Soothing Relaxation is no longer only a YouTube channel - you can find our soothing content on many platforms and services.

I want Soothing Relaxation's website to be as flexible as possible. In addition to being able to purchase all music albums and many of my single tracks, you can sometimes choose alternative versions on the product page. 

If you are interested in licensing my music for a creative project, I also have a big portofolio available for easy licensing. You can also find sheet music for my music.

Thank you very much for reading and for supporting Soothing Relaxation. I am continually trying to improve my musical work, so I'd love to get your honest feedback. Feel free to leave comments on social media or send me an email.

I hope to see you here on Soothing Relaxation in the future as well!