Guided by artistic desire and intense 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 in February 2020, 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. In contrast, Lundberg is dedicated to delivering to you all of the real, raw, authentic moments that you would never otherwise have the opportunity to experience.
Two weeks have already flown by, and Lundberg is back with another new installment of Uncontaminated Sound – The Interviews. This week he welcomes Peter Walker of experimental audiovisual collective Arthur King. Based in Los Angeles, the collective works with a wide range of musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, set designers, and more to create some of the most original, expansive art you’ll ever witness. They use various methodologies to creatively engage with their audience, using a process-based approach.
This past spring, Arthur King released another part of their Changing Landscapes series, titled Changing Landscapes (Isle of Eigg) via AKP Recordings that features a collection of recordings from a week that was spent exploring the Isle of Eigg in Scotland. Along with Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, the collective spent an entire week on the island, collecting photographic, audio, and video source material to create a truly one-of-a-kind piece of work. The recordings feature sounds of sheep, wind turbines, streams, waves, rain, wind, and time spent at the local pub.
After this intensive week of fieldwork, the members got together for an improvised performance at a small house on the island that featured both more standard instruments, and the audio material collected from the island. The performance also acted as the recording session for a full-length album, which is truly a sonic experience like no other.
Commenting on his conversation with Walker, Lundberg said, “Arthur King is not King Arthur nor a singular person. Los Angeles-based, Arthur King is best described as an experimental music and art collective. Founded by Peter Walker, the collective applies the scientific method (plus their own) to projects and dives deep into mixing field recordings of natural phenomena into the final product. In conversation 041, Peter and I sit down to discuss the process and, at times, get a bit heady and hypothetical. Please enjoy this pleasant 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.