Denny’s Adventures in Allee Willis’ “Willis Wonderland” (Part 144 – August 2010)

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Submitted by denny June 24th, 2011
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This gigantic record is actually a demo I believe, an acetate or something like that. Allee help?!

This incredible mosaic hangs in the studio at “Willis Wonderland”. Here is a picture of the framed cropped out.

Original sign!

Seed pods turned into percussion instruments?

African bongo drum.

5 Responses to “Denny’s Adventures in Allee Willis’ “Willis Wonderland” (Part 144 – August 2010)”

  1. Allee Willis

    Allee Willis

    The huge record in photo number one was actually made in the 1930s. It’s an acetate, which was a test pressing that they made back in the day before they would commit to vinyl or whatever they were using back then. I have no idea why the record is so huge or why it has four holes in the label but it was such an oddity I had to have it.

    I love the musical instrument mosaic. The colors are great and it’s really delicate looking up close. It’s almost 3 feet long and about 14 inches high.

    The Piano Studio sign is made out of metal and is definitely an original sign. It hangs over a closet in my recording studio and people constantly ask me if there’s a real piano studio behind the curtain. In fact, it’s a tiny walk-in closet filled with clothes.

    The seed pods in photo #5 are, in fact, a percussion instrument. I collect percussion instruments, which I use constantly on my records. I have at least 10 different kinds of seed pod shakers and others in that category from goat toenails to nuts.

    The drum in the last photo is called a djembe. (Pronounced -jim-bay)

    Everything here is in my recording studio.