Helado Negro is one of the many names that Roberto Carlos Lange has performed under. You may also know him as ROM, Epstein, Boom & Birds, or from his recent (and highly recommended) collaboration with Julianna Barwick, Ombre, as well as his contributions to Prefuse 73 and Savath & Savalas.

Roberto Carlos Lange earned his nickname, Negro (a name used as a term of endearment), growing up in South Florida. He went off to college in Savannah, Georgia and discovered visual and auditory art. He and David Ellis were working on some kinetic sound sculptures.

"These include typewriters that self-type the lyrics to Grand Master Flash's 'The Message' (in rhythm to the song, none-the-less), musical owls drawn out of liquor bottles, owl costumes made out of straws, flying musical birds, motion paintings, and trash cans (full of trash) that are actually living drum machines," says Negro's label, Asthmatic Kitty. Helado Negro has worked on several projects, including Epstein, School of Seven Bells, Prefuse 73, and has released two albums, Awe Owe and Pasajero on Asthmatic Kitty. His third album, Canta Lechuza, comes out May 10.

He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, where I had a chance to chat with him while he was working on some kinetics with David Ellis...

Strangest venue or gig you’ve ever played?
While touring in Japan we had several strange experiences. we were traveling through smaller towns when we stopped by this strange place filled with fast food joints and strip malls... and a truck lot is where we ended up playing; weird to be at some abandoned spot with a total of five people and giant speakers surrounding the room, I was thinking “where the hell are we?”

Another strange (awesome) venue we played was on a mountain top, while in the pouring rain, ape shit crazy, so random to just end up on a hippie commune in Japan. They had some super earthy hippie products too...  for instance reusable lady pads, I put them on my eyes before I go to sleep. And we stopped at a beer joint and ate whale and octopus jerky... I had to try it, the whale jerky.

How did you begin your career and who were your influences?
I just got into it...my  first step in the direction was buying records, playing guitar, sampling records...seeing where I could tear things apart and reorganize them, veer from a traditional learning structure.

What was the last record you bought?
This is funny because its like when I get into a record store those 300 albums that I wanted and thought of throughout the day just escape my memory, so recently I bought an album from the originals, still have yet to open it, judging from the cover I would say it is R n B and Soul; Abner Jay; also Juliana Barwick, we’re actually working on a record right now.

Seen Any good shows lately?
Oh shit, I have a hard time attending live shows which reflects how I feel when performing live as well. I can only take so much. If they were only ten minutes, no more then thirty minutes, I’d enjoy it much more.

What is the worst/best advice you have ever been given?

My High School guidance  counselor said I should go to community college. The best advice I have ever been given was don’t go to community college.

Anything else you want the people to know? Or not to know?

I do have to go to the bathroom...and I love interviews.