Forest: Songs by Hirini Melborne

Recorded almost entirely with only the human voice, Forest is a full-length album of Benson's interpretations of bird waiata by renowned composer Hirini Melbourne (1949-2003).

'Brilliant...Unashamed in its risk-taking and vision'
9/10 Under the Radar

'Playful and heart-breaking'
***** Groove Guide

'Utterly indigenous'
Nick Bollinger, Radio New Zealand
released 01 November 2010

Original waiata by Hirini Melbourne
Arranged & produced by Dudley Benson
Recorded, engineered & mixed by Adrian Hollay
Mastered by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon
Golden Retriever Records, GRR006D

Voice, beatbox & whistle - Dudley
The Dawn Chorus - Pene Pati (tenor), Grant O'Connor (tenor),
Jeffrey Chang (baritone), Moses McKay (bass)
Beatbox - King Homeboy
Bird mimic - Gerry Findlay
Voice -Vashti Bunyan
Taonga pūoro & voice - Richard Nunns
Whistle - Joshua Thomas & Myles Thomas
Choir - Rachel Alexander & Rebecca Guest (soprano) Laura Caygill, Sarah Hogg & Thomas Woodfield (alto) Andrew Baldwin,
Jeffrey Chang & Lachlan Craig (tenor),
Morgan Simes & Nicholas Sutcliffe (bass)
Choral coordinator & conductor - Nicholas Forbes

Art direction by Dudley
Appliqué artwork by Florence Dennison
Design by Frances Young