you step into MoonHouse Studio, you know you are
Located just a few miles from downtown and with easy
access to great local restaurants, the vibe is relaxed
and warm. Artist / owners Chris Gage and Christine
Albert have created an environment that inspires
creativity with its earth tones, rich wood accents,
local art and thrift store finds.
service and gear are first class all the way. Producer
/ engineer Chris Gage is at the hub of the wheel
in the control room, with direct line of sight into all
four cutting rooms and a talk back system that
facilitates easy communication for everyone involved.
The digital recording technology is state of the art,
and Chrisís uncanny musical talent as a
multi-instrumentalist insures that it is used to support
and enhance the artistís natural creativity, not to
tamper with or change it.
three decades of recording and touring, studio manager
Christine Albert understands the needs of the
creative artist and makes sure that the environment is
nurturing, comfortable and efficient. The studio
provides wireless access to the internet for laptops, a
computer and a printer Ė tools that are essential for
todayís busy professional. The kitchen is stocked with
water, coffee, tea and snacks and the medicine cabinet
is prepared for headaches, laryngitis and indigestion.
strive to make MoonHouse Studio a perfect blend of a
home studio and a commercial facility; it feels like
home, but it's professional all the way.
MoonHouse Studio has evolved
over the years with it's proprietor, Chris Gage.
Originally known as Gee Whiz Recording,
the commercial debut as a record making home studio was
in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1982. Using 4 track reel to
reel tape recorders, then 8 track reel to reels, then 8
tracks synched with midi keyboards, then digital 8 track
recorders synched to Cakewalk in an early Windows PC,
Chris recorded albums and jingles that received local
acclaim and national airplay from 1982 to 1991, when the
studio relocated to Austin, Texas.
From a garage off of Brodie Lane in
southwest Austin, Chris produced demos for many of the
singers he worked with at Opryland's Fiesta Texas in San
Antonio, including future major label artist Rhett Akins.
Gage left Fiesta Texas to join Jimmie Dale Gilmore's
band, who put the studio to fast use making
pre-production demos for his upcoming album on
Elektra Records "Braver Newer World". Along
the way tracks were produced at the studio by Chris Gage
and Paul Pearcy for a SubPop CD release "Jimmie
Dale Gilmore and Mudhoney".
Gage met his current wife and musical
partner Christine Albert in late 1995, and upon their
acquisition of a 6 bedroom house in south Austin in 1999 (dubbed
"The MoonHouse" for the fact that the moon appears in
several upstairs windows over the course of the night)
they remodeled 2 large bedrooms that would then become
the newly named MoonHouse Studio.
This professional home studio saw the
birth of MoonHouse Records and was home to recording
artists Abi Tapia, Todd Hoke, Cowboy Johnson, Michael
Austin, Sharon Bousquet, Albert and Gage, Boyd Bristow, Christine
Albert's "Texafrance-Encore!", Allison Downey, Murphy's
Clifford, Lawrence Clark, Austin Homegrown, Lissa
Hattersley and many others.
In June of 2007 Chris
and Christine began playing with the idea of moving the
studio out of their home. With a single Google
search for "commercial property in Austin", Christine
discovered a duplex in the neighborhood with a zoning
that supported a local business. She swung by the duplex without an
appointment to check it out and the seller pulled up as
she was looking around the yard. Leon, A
lovely man from Ireland, was selling the property (which
had operated as a foreign language studio for years) and
was familiar with Albert and Gage's music. That
first month the stars didn't line up, as Leon had made a
pervious commitment that prevented further discussions
about the possibilities for MoonHouse at the location. Disappointed,
Chris and Christine kept
looking around, knowing that nothing else could be that
A month later they
received a warm email from the seller inviting them to
revisit the property as the situation had changed and it
was once again a viable option. Chris
says "Our hearts were thumping because we knew it
was the right place but weren't sure
how we could pull this off. Our good friends and business
angels, Lisa Rolke and Mark Turner, stepped in
and decided it would be a good long term investment
and the new MoonHouse Studio was born."
Easier said than done. 5 months of remodeling - new air
conditioning, new carpet, raising the ceilings, new
plumbing (of course the plumbing was in the ceiling),
all new doors, mahogany accents, stained glass, track
lighting, finding the perfect grand piano....all
happened thanks to an army of helpers. Kevin
Johnson's woodworking detail sealed the professional
look of the new studio. Check out the 'before and
after' photos here.
Special thanks go out to Baird Banner, Bill Small and
Tommy Byrd for their help with the design and wiring.
The duplex now houses both
MoonHouse Studio and Troupe Gammage's Troupe
House Studio, and the artistic juices are again
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