Swedish Forest Textures

by melissa pons

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about

Swedish Forest Textures began its life with the purpose of illustrating Ghabe - a feature film that portrays a young Syrian refugee in the dark, overwhelming forests of Sweden.

As I was reaching the area by car I saw a large group of swans illuminating the big dark late, like a celestial vision, with the promise of beautiful soundscapes.


These field recordings had the approach of experiencing the forest for a first time. The snow was still melting and it was deep in spots where the sunlight barely touched the ground.
Beautiful lakes - large and small - make the acoustics like a mirror and call a variety of wildlife that we can listen to sometimes at the distance, other times much closer.

All kinds of weather have been pouring into the microphones: heavy rain, strong evolving winds in the strong trees, warm and soothing sunlight and cold quiet nights.

During the difficult hikes, with equipment heavy on my back, I encountered beautiful and almost mystical sights such as the whole skeleton of a young female elk and tracks from large animals in the snow, but my ears detected more than my eyes. This album contains a selection of the awe-inspiring soundscapes and ambiences that I captured during my time here.

Tragically this area was chopped dead less than a year after the recordings took place.


I’m hoping to bring not only a sense of admiration but one of belonging in the nature that we often fear and have become increasingly distant as urban spaces advance and separate us from the essence of life.

Between tracks there is a very high dynamic range and I encourage you to listen to the quieter tracks at a lower volume, as the night time is in fact very silent.

21% of the profit made from your purchases is going to be donated in equal parts to Survival International, Mongabay and Amazon Watch. Thank you for helping with their cause!

Artwork by Pedro Peres.
Text edited by Elizabeth Carlyon.

Thanks to Carl Rasmussen for making these recordings possible.

Dedicated to my friends Sérgio, Peres, Adriana.

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released February 9, 2020

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melissa pons Stockholm, Sweden

Field recordist​ and award winning sound designer, from Portugal.

In 2016-2017 she has spent over a month in the Atlantic Forest in SP and MG, Brazil, learning, observing and recording the environment.

She has participated as a field recordist and sound artist in a number of collective projects. ​

Nowadays she is focusing on themes related to environment, anthropology and cultural diversity.
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