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Built inside the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona) in Tasmania—home to a massive collection of art, a winery, a restaurant with James Turrell artworks on the menu, and an unending live music program—Frying Pan is a fresh-cooked recording studio designed around the original mixing desk from Abbey Road Studios.

One of Mona’s tunnels takes you from the museum’s underground galleries to the studio. Very atmospheric.

A taste of what it’s like to walk through the studio space

(then magically fly through the window).

Frying Pan is a space to make art, surrounded by art.

The studio’s centrepiece is the legendary REDD.17 console, which lived at Abbey Road Studios from 1958 to 1980.

What happens when a museum acquires a piece of music history? Why, they build an entire recording studio around it, of course.
—Chris Townend, producer, sound engineer and studio designer. 

Did we mention the natural light? We’ve got that, too.

A small sample of the goodies surrounding the REDD.17.

For the truly old-school among us, we’ve got a pair of lovingly restored and maintained Studer tape machines. 

One of Mona’s tunnels takes you from the museum’s underground galleries to the studio. Very atmospheric.

A taste of what it’s like to walk through the studio space

(then magically fly through the window).