Marta Forsberg is a Swedish-Polish composer, sound artist and musician working in the field of installation art and electronic music. She has released albums on Warm Winters Ltd, SUPERPANG, thanatosis, Havtorn Records and Holy Geometry and contributed to releases on XKatedral, Hyperdelia and Fylkingen. Her work has been performed at festivals and concerts in Sweden, Germany, Italy, Japan, Denmark, England, China, Malaysia, Thailand or Poland, and her practice spans across sounds design, composition for ensembles, music for dance, sound and light installations, as well as working in different artistic research projects.
1. Love snowboarding!
2. I have the cutest dog, her name is Shusha.
3. Mayonnaise is my favourite sauce.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
I think the process of composing – searching for sounds, discovering them, working with them – is the most exciting thing to me. Being with the sounds is my biggest inspiration.
2. How and when did you get into making music?
When I was about 5 years old I played with a toy violin made out of plastic, on a birthday party of a friend. And I got so hooked on the violin and got completely obsessed with the idea of playing on a real instrument. My parents thought I didn’t know what I was wishing for, that I didn’t even know what a violin was. One day there was an orchestra playing on the TV and my mother pointed on the violin section and asked me “is this the instrument you want to play?”, and I was like “yes! Ive been telling you all the time!” And so I started playing violin and one thing led to another.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Harvest by Neil Young, Isola by Kent, W by Panningtorock, Korowód by Marek Grechuta, Carrie & Lowell by Sufjan Stevens
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
This certain light during sunset.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
Walking by the Spree.
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I would probably be a gardener or a beekeeper.
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Split by The Space Lady & Burnt Ones
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Someone making a fantasy adventure computer/video game. Would love to make music for this!
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
A very memorable concert I had was when I performed my installation Weave and Dream in Corsica Studios in London in 2017. I was so moved by the sound system they had there.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
From a practical point of view its very important. Because Im depended on my tools and instruments to make music – the computer, synthesiser, microphone.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
Yes, I have four siblings and we all work in different fields. I believe we support each other in what we do, its very nice.
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