Guided by artistic desire and limitless curiosity, Robert Lundberg has become a highly regarded photographer and filmmaker lauded for his innovative and versatile documentaries covering music, comedy, art, and film. After spending his formative years in Massachusetts, Lundberg moved to New York City where he more actively pursued a full-time career in art and film. Uniquely focused on seeking out the next big artistic challenge, Lundberg chose to pursue one of his most ambitious projects at the beginning of 2020 when he launched his new documentary series entitled Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews.
Debuting last February, the series follows comedians, musicians, fine artists, and actors with Lundberg’s primary goal to gain a particular insight into their creative processes which can only be thoroughly deciphered by truly going behind the scenes. With Uncontaminated Sound, Lundberg’s purpose is to offer an intimate look into all of the rarely seen or known “little things” that take place during interviews and other similar social and private interactions with artists and performers. Mainstream features are often heavily and unevenly edited, offering viewers only individual, preferred moments that are often heavily vetted by producers and editors. This stands in stark contrast to how Lundberg likes to operate as an interviewer or as an artist. He’s dedicated to the cause of delivering to you all of the real, raw, authentic moments that you would never otherwise have the opportunity to experience.
The weeks and months are coming at us fast and furiously, and Lundberg is back once again with his latest entry for Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews. For episode 37, Lundberg connected with minimalist musical duo Balmorhea for another of his trademark captivating conversations. Named after a small town in Western Texas, multi-instrumentalists Rob Lowe and Michael A. Muller first met while attending summer camp in the remote Texas Hill Country in 2006. Eventually, Lowe and Muller started to welcome in new members, and Balmorhea became more of an ensemble but remained primarily led by the musical ambitions and desires of its two leaders.
Balmorhea released their brand new album The Wind in April, the first with the historic Deutsche Grammophon record label. The album features twelve new tracks that were inspired by various meditations on the fragility of the natural world. There are some glorious arrangements featured on this album, beautiful displays of piano, pipe organ, various horns, and different methods of percussion. Lowe and Muller developed many of the ideas for the record at Lowe’s family house by the River Llano, situated roughly two hours away from Austin, Texas. The Wind was then recorded in Saal 3 of Berlin’s Funkhaus, where Lowe and Muller’s close friend, producer, and composer Nils Frahm works out of. Featuring a long list of classical music contributors, this is an all-encompassing work that is as carefully and tastefully crafted as any piece of music you’ll hear.
In reference to his talk with Balmorhea, Lundberg said, “Music the great connecting force between us humans, the grand equalizer in an otherwise segmented human experience.
A visceral and yet physical experience, the right combination of notes, tones, and compositions can lead to an almost shamanic energized force throughout the body.
My conversation with the musical duo from Austin Texas, Balmorhea, led down this metaphysical path because it had to.
The duo’s tracks force one into the vast space of meta-reality, instantly one is propelled into an almost visual state lead by the strings of audio coming from the record player.
It’s an experience one must not miss. Please enjoy this heady musical discussion.”
Lundberg has more interviews to come with acclaimed artists who have agreed to be a part of Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews in the coming weeks and months. Lundberg has already been bringing you his ongoing series Uncontaminated Sound which takes a look behind the scenes to get a look at performers before they take the stage. The series has featured Macklemore’s Gemini Tour featuring Eric Nally (formerly of Foxy Shazam) and Xperience, Louie Anderson, Sinbad, Ron English, We Are Scientists, Rufus Wainwright and more. Lundberg’s photography has been highlighted in publications such as Huffington Post, Paste Magazine and more.