Mutato Muzika

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Mutato Muzika building on Sunset Boulevard

Mutato Muzika is a music production company established in 1989 by Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh. The name is a portmanteau of the words mutant and potato, which is a nod to Devo's fanbase which are called Spuds.[1]

While Devo members Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald V. Casale and Bob Mothersbaugh, with drummer Josh Freese, often meet, rehearse and confer in its West Hollywood, California studio facilities, Mutato Muzika is a full-service music production company.[2] Until his death in 2014, Bob Casale ("Bob 2") served as a producer/engineer there.[1]

Mutato Muzika has produced music for many films, including Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, 13, Lords of Dogtown, Nick and Nora's Infinite Playlist, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Catfish. Television music includes Rugrats, Scooby-Doo, Pee-wee's Playhouse, Big Love, Eureka, Shameless, Enlightened and Regular Show. Mutato Muzika-produced video game scores include Crash Bandicoot and Sims. Mutato Muzika also provides music for commercials, including spots for Apple's PC vs. Mac, Martini & Rossi's George Clooney/Giorgio, and Logitech.[citation needed]

The company is housed in a round bright green building at 8760 West Sunset Boulevard. The building is rumored to have been designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer (although no architect's name is listed on the building permit), modeling the exterior after the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California, former home of the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) and Los Angeles Kings (NHL). Previously known as "The Beauty Pavillion", it was built in 1967 for plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Alan Franklyn, who wanted the roof to have skylights in order to illuminate the operating room in the center of the structure.[3] The building was painted green after Mothersbaugh took ownership of it.[4]


  • Mark Mothersbaugh, Composer, songwriter, vocalist, founder
  • Natalie P. Montgomery, Executive Producer, Ad Sales
  • Andrea Feyler, Studio Manager
  • Josh Mancell, Composer
  • Albert Fox, Composer
  • John Enroth, Composer
  • Marc Baker, Art Assistant
  • Bradley Denniston, Engineer
  • Raymond Plaza, Media Assistant
  • Sam Sinclair, Office Coordinator


Mutato Muzika has received credit for recordings in the following motion pictures:


Mutato Muzika has received credit for recordings in the following television programs:

Video games[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Devo The '70s Stars of Techno-Pop Now Write Tunes for 'toons". June 7, 1996. Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Randall Roberts. "Are You Not Devo? You Are Mutato". LA Weekly. Retrieved 15 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Mutato Muzika". Los Angeles Conservancy. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Vaziri, Aidin (22 April 2001). "POP QUIZ / Q & A with Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh". SFGate. Retrieved 26 September 2015. 

External links[edit]

  • Official website
  • Studio tour video from 2010 with Keyboard magazine, showing vintage instruments and the building's interior