Shaking Through: online documentary series about the birth of a song

"Shaking Through" is a documentary series "about the birth of a song," in which 10 independent musicians per year are presented with a challenge: "Record one song in two days. First take to final mix. No extensions. No safety net."

This edition (2/27/2013 – Vol. 4, Episode 2) features Helado Negro, aka Roberto Lange.

Boing Boing pal Mikael Jorgensen of Wilco says,

Roberto and I were invited to join forces and equipment with the good people of Weathervane Music at Miner Street Studios in Philadelphia last fall to write, record and mix a song in two days and shoot the whole thing in HD for the video series Shaking Through. I'm super excited to be able to share this remarkable experience with you.

More about the project here.


  1. An obscure British band The Beatles recorded their first album “Please Please Me” in 9 hours and 45 minutes.
    The album still seems to be in print, but I’m not sure what became of the actual group.

    PS – I’ve been having major problems lately with the over-use and mis-appropriation of the term DOCUMENTARY.

    In this case, the goal to create a song in two days and the filming of the musicians trying to achieve that goal are of the same process – there’s no real outer perspective presented. To me, this is a television show with fancy lighting, intricate set-up shots with a production quality linked to the overall concept – it’s a show not a documentary – in the same way that “Honey Boo Boo” or “Survivor” are not documentaries but rather TV shows. Filming is not necessarily “documenting” in an artistic sense

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