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Spoon drummer and producer Jim Eno adds ‘label owner’ to his résumé

By Peter Mongillo - American-Statesman Staff

Jim Eno’s recording studio sits tucked into a quiet West Austin neighborhood, a few blocks from MoPac Boulevard, next to a construction site that is to be his new home. From a distance, the building looks similar to the other newer, two-floor homes around town, taking up so much of the lot there is no room for a yard; getting closer, though, the place is a bit of a fort — there is no front door, really, just a couple of inconspicuous entrances.

Inside, Eno offers a tour. In the space where the actual music happens, a brick facade covers one wall. He explains that when it was built, the work crew began installing a flat surface, a process he halted in favor of a climbing wall’s worth of large, uneven bricks that allow sound waves to wind about the room in a manner more favorable to recording. Looking up, the room extends through both floors, which helps in the recording of drums; a microphone hangs from the ceiling. Upstairs, the kitchen area overlooks the foundation-in-progress of his new house, which reveals a huge concrete cylinder he explains will be a reverb chamber built into the ground.

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