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Case Files of the Unknown: Haunted Sites

Robert Lang Studios:

Where Rock and Roll Meets the Supernatural By Karen Frazier

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y family was recently invited by Northwest Paranormal Investigation Agency (NWPIA) to join them on an investigation of the iconic Robert Lang Studios — an astoundingly cool independent recording studio in Seattle’s Richmond Beach area. If there is an epicenter of the Seattle rock scene, it just might be Robert Lang Studios. The list of wellknown musicians who have recorded at Robert Lang Studios reads like a veritable who’s who in rock: Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Presidents of the USA, Dave Matthews, Heart, Linkin Park, Alice in Chains, Peter Frampton, Bush, Bad Company, and Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder. These are just a few of the many who have recorded within the walls of the Spanish-style villa overlooking the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountain Range. As a matter of fact, grunge band Nirvana recorded their last known studio recording, “You Know You’re Right,” at the studio in January 1994 — just a few short months before lead singer Kurt Cobain’s suicide. The four-story building houses not only a studio that has hosted legends of the Seattle music scene since 1974, but also serves as a private residence. The building originally started as a 20’x20’ room, and now sprawls

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Robert Lang Studios, a Spanish-style recording studio that overlooks the Puget Sound and Olympic Mountain Range, is said to be home to the ghost of Dubby, among other spirits.

across the hillside. Lang himself constructed the studio — digging into the hillside, mixing concrete, and hand cutting tile to cover studio floors. Robert Lang Studios doesn’t appear to be your typical corporate studio with sterile sound-proofed rooms. Instead, the recording studio interior takes on the look of a castle with stone walls, floors made of various tiles, and rooms in a variety of sizes and shapes — each with different acoustical qualities.

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According to studio manager Paul Wieser, the unique acoustical qualities of each room could be accomplished using a console, but the result is less organic than having different rooms to choose from. Buried Treasure and a Haunted History Adding to the unique feel of the studio is its incredible history. Founded in 1974, the studio was a dream shared by Lang and his good

June 2010 Paranormal Underground  

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June 2010 Paranormal Underground  

You can purchase paper copies of the magazine via a Publish-on-Demand option by visiting http://paranormalunderground.magcloud.com/. At Para...

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