Fireside Chat

Forest Swords

60 minsFirst aired 13 Jun 2018
Paul Phung

Influenced by sculpture, ancient music and the Earth, the Liverpudlian producer discusses his works in synesthetic ways.

Forest Swords is a British musician and DJ from Liverpool, whose electronic productions draw from field recordings, live instrumentation and samples to create an otherworldly sound, tinged with the ancient. He’s inspired by his rural hometown of the Wirral and its bodies of water, as well as visual art and cinematic scores — on his debut Dagger Paths EP and two subsequent albums, Engravings and Compassion, his use of melodies and layered sonics evolve into grander beasts. He’s also produced music for dance and theatrical performances, films and video games, the latter for the well known series “Assassin’s Creed.” In 2018, he released his DJ-Kicks mix CD, drawing lines between British post-punk and electronica, downbeat hip-hop and esoteric sources of music.


Interview by Lauren Martin
Written and engineered by Hanna Bächer
Produced by Carmen Hofmann

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