LITTLE BIT ROCK AND ROLL: Elders Real Estate agent Matt Towner inside one of the Rockinghorse Studios music sound recording ro
LITTLE BIT ROCK AND ROLL: Elders Real Estate agent Matt Towner inside one of the Rockinghorse Studios music sound recording ro

Studios a little bit country

By HANNAH ROSS news@northernstar.com.au

FOR almost 20 years, Alan De Vendra has led the rock 'n' roll lifestyle without ever having to step beyond his front gate.

He has mingled with musicians from New York to Tokyo, and watched on as band members chased each other around his private golf course brandishing golf clubs against each other.

Now Mr De Vendra is closing the doors on his time as owner of the Rockinghorse recording studios at Coorabell.

He recently placed the 30-hectare property and state-of-the-art studios on the market for $3.7 million.

Mr De Vendra said it was against popular wisdom he decided to establish a recording studio in the middle of nowhere in 1990.

But he went out on a limb to establish Rockinghorse and in the process started something of a trend for musicians wanting to get away from it all and bond with their band mates while recording an album.

Lismore lads Grinspoon launched their career with a recording session at Rockinghorse, and big name acts such as Spiderbait, Yothu Yindi, Pete Murray and George have also made albums at the studio.

"Recording here can even change the sound of a band. They come here and are isolated from their partners and friends. They can focus totally on the music and they've got nowhere to run to," Mr De Vendra said.

He said one such example of a band's transformation was when The Cruel Sea arrived to record One Legged Dog.

"As a band they were totally stale. (Lead singer) Tex Perkins had a broken leg and their company sent them here to record. They were at each others throats when they arrived. Then they came away from the studio with One Legged Dog."

The property has a 1.5 kilometre frontage to Wilsons Creek, an owner's residence, a six-bedroom guest villa, a three-bedroom cottage, a pool and golf course.



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