Ted James

Los Angeles-based sound designer, recording artist and certified Logic Pro trainer.


Shaking Through: Helado Negro

The majority of the day was an interesting volley of trial and error instrumentation. As sections of the song repeated infinitely, parts were auditioned, tweaked, discarded, re-approached and the lucky few became permanent fixtures to the song. By sunset, acoustic instruments started being added to the dabble. 

There is so much that is exciting to me in this video.

Watching Lange and Jorgensen work together to create Mitad del Mundo was for me, an exceptionally inspiring experience. With such a monstrous rig, the sheer amount of time taken to audition patches and phrases must have been one hell of a shift, but the finished recording is stellar. 

First off, if you're into synthesizers, there's some pretty mouth-watering eye-candy on display in these videos (If you're not into synthesizers, I'm not really sure what you're doing here). There's even a brief EMS Synthi overview in the Technique portion of this episode. Miner Street got a pretty hefty care package from Moog Music to use for this session and it certainly got put to good use. Moogerfoogers, a Voyager and 3 Slim Phatty's would make for a pretty fun afternoon in any setting, but when you see the whole rig that Lange and Jorgensen wire up around these pieces you might start thinking about selling your car and getting yourself an ARP 2600 to replace it.

As a self-taught, untrained player who has been writing electronic music in much the same way as described in these videos, I felt relieved in a way, to hear Lange talk about his initial reservations for working with other musicians. Not knowing exactly how to communicate musical ideas in an 'official' capacity can be a big cause for stress in a collaborative project. I could really identify with these guys reading each other's cues, trusting each other's choices (in what is working and what's not) and balancing the creative process with the complex landscape of 'wiring it all up right to make it all work on the fly'. Finding the right people to work with in making music in this fashion can be truly rewarding. Seeing this sort of thing captured on video and and verbally reinforced is really what makes this Shaking Through installment a favorite of mine.

Catch the preview video for Shaking Through: Helado Negro below, a if you're not familiar with Helado Negro, you should check out 2010's Pasejero and 2011's Canta Lachuza to start.