Magoo (Australian producer)

Magoo is the professional name of Lachlan Goold, a multi award-winning Australian music producer based in Brisbane, Queensland.

After working briefly in mechanical engineering, Magoo began in music as a live sound engineer, touring nationally before producing seasoned local Brisbane bands the Dreamkillers and Pangaea in the early 1990s. By the mid-1990s Magoo had recorded music by Powderfinger,[1][2][3] as well as two EPs by Regurgitator. He rose to prominence with his production work on Regurgitator's debut album, Tu-Plang,[4] which also earned him his first ARIA award nominations in 1996.

In the late 1990s, Magoo was engaged to produce or engineer for a number of high-profile acts such as Midnight Oil and Skunkhour. In 1998, Magoo won the ARIA awards for both production and engineering, the former for his work on the Regurgitator album "Unit", and the latter as a collective award for his work with Midnight Oil, Regurgitator and Skunkhour. He also produced records for Custard' "Loverama", and ARIA-nominated artists Not From There,[5] Jebediah,[6] and Shihad; as well as records for Australian artists Front End Loader, Happyland, Screamfeeder, Sekiden, Isis, Dave McCormack and the Polaroids, the Boat People, gota cola, and Broken Head.

From 2002 to 2010, Magoo established his own recording facility, Black Box Recording, with Brisbane producer/engineer Jeff Lovejoy, continuing to work with classic Australian acts, such as Regurgitator, Spiderbait, Gerling, and Renee Geyer, End of Fashion,[7] Dan Kelly and the Alpha Males,[8] and Butterfingers.[9] From August 31 to September 21, 2004, Magoo was part of a recording experiment conceived by Paul Curtis and Regurgitator in Federation Square, Melbourne. Referred to as, "Band in A Bubble'[10][11] the project was a televised event on Channel V and captured the recording process for 24 hours a day, 21 days continuously. Between 2007 to 2014, Magoo co-owned Applewood Lane—a boutique recording retreat, west of Brisbane, which was set in a converted church. He produced and recorded with artists the Jungle Giants,[12] Saskwatch,[13] Art Vs Science,[14] Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses,[15] An Horse[16][17][18] and The Gin Club.

In 2007, Magoo received ARIA award nominations for his work with Kate Miller-Heidke[19] and Operator Please. Applewood Lane[20] closed in 2014, and Magoo has continued to mix and record for independent artists. He is currently a PhD student researching DIY recording and the changing nature of the recording studio. In 2017, Magoo served as a judge for Happy Mag's inaugural Needle In The Hay vinyl competition.[21]

Awards and nominationsEdit

ARIA awards and nominations:[22][23]


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  4. ^ "How toothpicks helped make Tu Plang, Regurgitator's debut | Double J". Double J. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Sand on Seven by Not From There". Dicogs. 1998. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  6. ^ "ABC Rage Playlist". / 25 May 2002. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Rough Diamonds End of Fashion". 2003. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
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  9. ^ "Butterfingers - Breakfast at Fatboys". Your Zen Mine. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
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  12. ^ "The Jungle Giants - Debut Album Recording (Behind The Scenes) - Applewood Lane Studios - Music Feeds". Music Feeds. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  13. ^ Cowen (2 April 2014). "Renovated Church Perfect for Saskwatch Recording". Queenslant Times. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Hottest Australian Albums of All Time". ABC. 16 July 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Tex Perkins and the Dark Horses". Discogs. 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  16. ^ Johnson, Daniel (25 April 2012). "Home Straight". The Music. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  17. ^ Conner, Shawn (4 January 2010). "Interview - Kate Cooper of An Horse". Snipe News. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  18. ^ Hammond, JP (1 February 2009). [Mess + Noise "Rearrange Beds"] Check |archive-url= value (help). Archived from the original on 16 July 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  19. ^ Rule, Dan (5 July 2007). "Kate Miller-Heidke". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  20. ^ [ARIA-Winning Producer Puts Studio On Market For $675,000 "ARIA-Winning Producer Puts Studio On Market For $675,000"] Check |archive-url= value (help). The Music. 16 May 2014. Archived from the original on 16 July 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  21. ^ "Happy Mag's inaugural Needle In The Hay vinyl competition is here!". Happy Mag. 17 May 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  22. ^ "Winners by Award – Producer of the Year". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  23. ^ "17th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 23 February 2004. Retrieved 5 November 2016. Note: User may be required to access archived information by selecting 'The History', then 'By Award', 'Producer of the Year' and 'Option Show Nominations'.

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