Swedish Forest Textures

by melissa pons

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William Denton
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William Denton Beautifully recorded soundscapes of a forest full of life. But the liner notes say: "Tragically this area was chopped dead less than a year after the recordings took place." Another environment lost, with only memories and recordings surviving.
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essexvagrant I admire Melissa’s generosity, her technical competence and the way she LIVES her life. I know well the wanderlust calling, and for her to do what does, apparently alone, is beyond exceptional. This album reflects both her and the world she’d like to live in. May her journey be long, and ultimately successful.
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beartronik I live in the city and rarely get out into nature and the countryside so to have these beautiful recordings really does make me feel I'm there. thanks!
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first signs 09:43
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transition 11:31
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awakening 12:18
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spring songs 07:10
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wideness 04:39
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wood 01:19
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travelling 08:33
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end of cycle 13:26

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.

14% of the profit made from your purchases is going to be donated in equal parts to Mongabay and Amazon Watch and as a new initiative starting on the 18th of May, 15% will go towards Survival International.
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 Portugal

Slow traveller Field Recordist​ and award winning sound designer.

In 2016 Melissa started to explore the sound of forests having spent time in Brazil in the Atlantic Forest, in Sweden and recently in Portugal.

The released works reflect Melissa's experience on those spots in many ways.

She focuses on bringing found beauty of natural soundscapes to your headphones.
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