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Pachyderm Recording Studio, is a residential music recording studio located in rural Cannon Falls, Minnesota, United States, 35.8 mi (57.6 km) southeast of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. It is located in a secluded old-growth forest with a vibrant trout stream.

The studio was founded in 1988 by Jim Nickel, Mark Walk and Eric S. Anderson, with acoustic design by Bret Theney of Westlake Audio. It boasted the same Neve 8068 recording console that was used in Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios as well as Studer tape machines. The house was designed by Herb Bloomberg, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Engineers at Pachyderm include Brent Sigmeth, Julio Roque, Zach Hollander and Andy Lindberg. The studio is currently owned by the family of John Kuker, and day-to-day operations are run by house engineer Nick Tveitbakk.

The studio went into a decline in the mid-2000s, after original co-owner Jim Nickel sold the property to real estate investor Matt Mueller. It went into a state of disrepair for many years, though bands occasionally still recorded there.[1] It was purchased by engineer John Kuker in 2011 out of foreclosure and remodeled over the next three years. Many of the renovations have been made with period correct materials. Kuker unexpectedly died on 2 February 2015 in Valley Village, CA at the age of 40.

The studio is currently operational, the home, studio and grounds have been completely renovated. Musicians are able to use and record with the wide variety of musical equipment and guitars that Kuker collected.[2]

Selected recordings made at Pachyderm

  • Armchair Apocrypha – Andrew Bird
  • Arise Therefore – Palace
  • From Here to Infirmary – Alkaline Trio
  • Grave Dancers Union – Soul Asylum
  • Hollywood Town Hall – The Jayhawks
  • In Utero – Nirvana
  • Rapture – Bradley Joseph
  • Rid of Me – PJ Harvey
  • Seamonsters – The Wedding Present
  • Stuart Davis – Stuart Davis
  • Sound As Ever – You Am I
  • The End of All Things to Come – Mudvayne
  • Throwing Copper – Live
  • Fontanelle – Babes In Toyland
  • Prog – The Bad Plus
  • Panic Stations – Motion City Soundtrack
  • Polar Similar – Norma Jean

Other works by:

Hey Mercedes, Grayson, Trampled By Turtles, Deadman Winter, Haley Bonar, The Big Wu, Sybris, Greg Brown, Howie Day, Explosions in the Sky, Swig, Golden Smog, Joe Henry, Indigenous, Mason Jennings, Alice Peacock, The Paper Chase, Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Brian Setzer, Son Volt, Superchunk, Number One Cup, The Appleseed Cast, The Breeders, The Polyphonic Spree, The Wedding Present, Hum, Angry Fix, They Might Be Giants, Useful Jenkins, Hippo Campus, PHO, Reina del Cid, and U.S. Maple, Devon Worley.


  1. ^ Chris Riemenschneider (February 9, 2012). "Pachyderm studio space to rock again". Star Tribune. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ Andrea Swensson (January 9, 2015). "A new life for Pachyderm Studio". The Current. Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Live Nirvana Sessions History: In Utero

Coordinates: 44°31′55″N 92°52′26″W / 44.5320°N 92.8739°W / 44.5320; -92.8739


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