The Forest (album)

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The Forest
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJune 1991
LabelLuaka Bop/Warner Bros. Records
David Byrne chronology
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The Forest

The Forest is a mostly instrumental album by David Byrne, released in 1991, inspired by the Epic of Gilgamesh and set during the later Industrial Revolution. Some of the music from this orchestral album was originally used in a Robert Wilson directed theatre piece with the same name. The Forest premiered at the Theater der Freien Volksbühne, West Berlin in 1988.

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Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by David Byrne:

  1. "Ur" – 13:08
  2. "Kish" – 5:47
  3. "Dura Europus" – 3:27
  4. "Samara" – 5:40
  5. "Nineveh" – 3:34
  6. "Ava" – 12:14
  7. "Machu Picchu" – 3:14
  8. "Tula" – 4:20
  9. "Teotihuacan" – 2:37
  10. "Asuka" – 7:33

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Worldwide 1991 Luaka Bop/Warner Bros. CD 26584
Cassette tape 4-26584
2005 Sire CD ?

"The Forestry"[edit]

"The Forestry" is a maxi-single by David Byrne containing dance and industrial remixes of pieces from The Forest by Jack Dangers, Rudy Tambala, and Anthony Capel.

Art Direction: Robin Lynch and David Byrne. Design by Robin Lynch. Front cover, "Feed Pump Pipework, Hinkley Point" by Douglass Allen. Back cover, "Fodermaschinist" Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum. Inside, "The Forest" by David Byrne.

Track listing
  1. "Ava" – Nu Wage Remix – Jack Dangers
  2. "Nineveh" – Industrial Mix – Jack Dangers
  3. "Ava" – Less Space Dance Mix Edit – Rudy Tambala / Anthony Capel
  4. "Ava" – Space Dance Mix – Rudy Tambala / Anthony Capel
  5. "Machu Picchu" – Album Version