Musicland Studios

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Arabella skyscraper , in the basement of which the studio was located

The Musicland Studios were a recording studio in Munich that was founded by record producer Giorgio Moroder in the early 1970s and which existed until the second half of the 1980s.


The studio was located in the basement of the Arabella House (now the Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Hotel ) in the Bogenhausen district . In the 1970s and 1980s, world-famous artists and bands such as The Rolling Stones , Led Zeppelin , Donna Summer , Freddie Mercury , Queen , Electric Light Orchestra , T. Rex and Deep Purple recorded their albums here. Among other things, the disco hit I Feel Love by Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder was recorded in the Musicland Studios, which is considered a pioneering piece of electronic dance music and an important forerunner of house and techno music due to its then innovative production technology with synthesizers .

After Giorgio Moroder relocated his headquarters to Los Angeles in the mid-1980s, the studio continued under the direction of sound engineer and producer Reinhold Mack ("Mack") for the last few years. When the Munich subway was built into Arabellapark in the second half of the 1980s and the route passed only a few meters behind the studio wall, high-quality sound recording was no longer possible due to the vibrations and the Musicland Studio was closed. The sound engineer Reinhold Mack called in 2011 in an interview with the BR-youth magazine Zündfunk as another reason for the exodus a rent by the Schörghuber Group belonging to the landlord.

Albums recorded at Musicland Studios

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Billboard, June 6, 1998, p. 65 . Retrieved August 28, 2011.
  2. ^ A b Mirko Hecktor, Moritz von Uslar, Patti Smith, Andreas Neumeister: Mjunik Disco - from 1949 until today . Blumenbar Verlag, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-936738-47-6 , pp. 212, 225 .
  3. ^ Georg Purvis: Queen: Complete Works, Titan Books, 9th chapter. ISBN 978-0-85768-725-8
  4. Gerry Mcavoy, Pete Chrisp: on the road - My life with Rory Gallagher and Nine Below Zero, HEEL Verlag 1984, Chapter 9. ISBN 978-3-86852-675-2