Devo's Amazing Synth Collection

Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh has a studio on Sunset Strip called Mutato Muzika where he and his team of composers knock out an impressive amount of soundtracks for Hollywood films, TV shows and adverts, and the games industry; ‘The Lego Movie’ for one, and most of Wes Anderson’s films also. The building is painted lime green and is circular. It was built for a cosmetic surgeon called Dr. Richard Alan Franklyn in 1967, and he named it ‘The Beauty Pavillion’. Franklyn wrote a couple of books about his trade, one was called ‘Developing Bosom Beauty’.

It’s been Mothersabugh’s studio for over 20 years now, and serves as Devo’s HQ, so as you expect, it’s regular Aladdin’s Cave for synth freaks in there. A place where a vintage Minimoog is the least exotic item on display is somewhere you want to see, right?

There’s a Synthi AKS, a Synthi A, an Oberheim 2-Voice, a Nimbus (a what? It looks positively Edwardian), and some interconnected keyboards that might have come from the leisure lounge on the Starship Enterprise. In the video below, posted at, Mark Mothersbaugh tells the story of how he came to own Dr Bob Moog’s very own Memory Moog, with his sounds still stored in it.

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Once you’ve seen this video, you will be saying ‘We smell sausages’ at every opportunity. You’ll understand once you’ve watched it.

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