On July 2, Raphael Weinroth-Browne will release Worlds Within Live, a live version of his 2020 debut Worlds Within. The Canadian composer and cellist creates evocative, emotional instrumental compositions that fall somewhere between post-rock and modern classical music, and his new video for “Tumult I-II-III” is a showcase for the haunting atmosphere and intensity of his performance. In the video, Weinroth-Browne performs in his home studio, looping elements until he creates a kind of one-man symphony. It’s breathtaking.
Weinroth-Browne released a statement about the track and video: “Tumult I-II-III is a medley of the first three parts of the Tumult suite from Worlds Within. It is the dynamic apex of the album and contains some of the more metal-influenced sections as well as some percussion loops, which I created by tapping rhythmically on the bridge pickup and running the signal through a delay pedal. This results in a unique sound reminiscent of electronic/programmed drums, but with a more organic quality. My aim with this portion of the album was to create something both cinematic and heavy, juxtaposing long hypnotic groove sections, guitar-esque solos, and cascading melodies.
The piece opens with short, fragmented motifs, like disparate thoughts that slowly intertwine and form a tangled web, a mind lost in chaos and confusion. These repeating rhythmic loops are akin to insistent voices that echo over and over again. Each movement of the piece builds up from a single cell to a fully formed structure, dissolving almost as soon as it is complete, with musical themes reconstructing themselves again from nothing like old thoughts in a new guise. This triptych ends as it begins, emerging darkly triumphant from an arduous struggle.”
Watch Raphael Weinroth-Browne’s “Tumult I-II-III” video below.
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