Producer/engineer/composer Allen Clapp has worked with major-label acts as well as bands making their very first album, helping shape sounds and giving focus and direction to ideas. His work has been licensed by Coca Cola, Target, Buena Vista Home Entertainment, and Samsung.
Clapp began his recording career with just a Tascam Porta-One cassette four-track recorder, a Roland Space Echo, and a Radio Shack tie-clip microphone in the early 1990s. Using whatever spaces were available to him—a church fellowship hall, a VW microbus, a tiny bedroom—he recorded his first collection of songs, “One Hundred Percent Chance of Rain” for the Bus Stop Label.
A few years later, he and his wife Jill Pries formed The Orange Peels with help from longtime friend Larry Winther (the Mummies) and crack session musician Bob Vickers (Cerebral Corps.). The band used their recording budget from the Quattro label in Japan to build their first 16-track studio in a mid-century modern Eichler Home in the heart of Silicon Valley.
After recording a dozen albums for various artists in the original Mystery Lawn Studio, Allen and Jill decided it was time to leave the city and set up shop in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains. In the spring of 2014, they moved to a funky 1970s hexagonal house on two acres on a mountaintop in Boulder Creek, CA, and built v2 of the studio in the lower level.
Now called Mystery Lawn Mountain, the space offers an undisturbed, retreat setting where creativity is easy to access and the distractions of the outside world are minimized. If you’re visiting or recording here, please take a look around and explore some nearby restaurants, watering holes and unique attractions.