Online series Unpicked launches to explore the art of writing and recording music

Unpicked, a new video series which sets out to explore different genres of music by delving into the processes behind the writing, recording or composition of a piece of work, has launched online. In each video, a genre-leading artist will film a live session of one of their lead tracks, while giving an exclusive insight into its making.

The series is a collaboration between artist manager Barbara Thornton and London-based film production company Contra Agency.

The first artist in the series is Rob Lewis, a composer, producer and cellist from London. Filmed at Abbey Road Studios, Rob gives a performance of his single ‘The Sea’.

Rob’s compositions are created in one take using a cello, simple effects and a loop pedal; all manipulated using expression pedals. Loops are kept dynamic by changing the playback direction of the recorded material while adding new textures using unique sounds on the cello. Each composition is written with the idea of mixing it completely live, and as a result no track ever sounds the same twice. The resulting sound crosses the boundaries of contemporary classical and experimental electronic.

As a composer, Lewis has worked on a variety of high-profile projects for TV, scoring numerous documentaries, as well as collaborating Noel Gallagher and David Holmes. Lewis’ debut solo album, Momentum , is now available.

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