As lovely as a tree: ‘The Waning Branches’ by Porya Hatami (on Wist Rec)

Morus trees, commonly referred to as mulberries in western culture, have been known to appear occasionally in mythology, stories, rhymes, and even the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. And now we can add to that a lovely long form piece from sound artist Porya Hatami called ‘The Waning Branches’. The music is part of a multimedia work that seeks to chart the growth and sudden decline of a single morus tree in Sanandaj, Iran through the mediums of cartography and sound.

The sound aspect is comprised of just under 19 minutes of minimal ambient music with subtle elements of drone and field recordings woven into the mix. It is quite lovely, especially in the closing minutes as the tone becomes both ethereal and melancholic. The visual element is part of a very attractive environmentally-friendly handmade physical CD package that can be ordered through the Wist Rec label featuring photographs, drawings, maps of the local region, and beet juice ink grown in the assembler’s garden.

Ordering information for the CD package at