Mutato Muzika

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

Mutato Muzika
production company
Founded1989; 31 years ago (1989)
FoundersMark Mothersbaugh
Key people
Mark Mothersbaugh
ServicesMusic Production
Music Composition
OwnerMark Mothersbaugh

While Devo members Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald 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 served as a producer/engineer there.[1]

Mutato Muzika has produced music for many films, including Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, 13, Lords of Dogtown, Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and Catfish. Television music includes Rugrats, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, Pee-wee's Playhouse, Big Love, Eureka, Shameless, Enlightened and Regular Show. Mutato Muzika-produced video game scores include Crash Bandicoot and The 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 Forum in Inglewood, California, former home of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and NHL's Los Angeles Kings. Previously known as "The Beauty Pavilion", 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
  • Andrea Feyler – studio manager
  • Albert Fox – associate composer
  • John Enroth –Associate composer
  • Wataru Hokoyama - orchestrator + conductor
  • Ethan Obbema - media assistant
  • Hana Blaquera – art archivist / collections manager
  • Arthur Sadler – office coordinator



Mutato Muzika has received credit for recordings in the following films:


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

Video gamesEdit


  1. ^ a b "Devo The '70s Stars of Techno-Pop Now Write Tunes for 'toons". June 7, 1996. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  2. ^ Roberts, Randall. "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 linksEdit

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