Musicland Studios – The mythical basement of music in Munich

The recording studio was established by Italian record producer, songwriter and performer Giorgio Moroder in the late 1960s. The studio was situated in the basement of the Arabella High-Rise Building. Giorgio Moroder relocated his headquarters to Los Angeles in the mid-1980s, the studio continued for the last few years under the direction of sound engineer and producer Reinhold Mack.

Arabellahaus, where the studio was located in the basement / Image source

When the Munich subway was built into Arabellapark (residential and commercial area) 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. The facility closed at the beginning of the 1990s.

The Musicland Studios was used extensively throughout the 1970s and the 1980s by many artists, including Amanda Lear, Deep Purple, Donna Summer, Electric Light Orchestra , Elton John, Falco, Freddie Mercury, Ian Gillan Band, Iggy Pop, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Meat Loaf, Queen, Rainbow, Roger Glover, Roger Taylor, The Rolling Stones, Rory Gallagher, Scorpions, Spandau Ballet, Sparks, The Stranglers, The Sweet, T. Rex, Uriah Heep, Whitesnake and many more.

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