Most of Mark's life has been dedicated to his most prolific music endeavor, DEVO - a college art project that blossomed into a long career for the Akron quintet.
DEVO is widely known and respected as one of the most important bands to emerge from the 70's & 80's. Starting with their debut LP in 1978, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, DEVO continued to release nearly 20 albums over the next 20 years, and spread their controversial message about the devolution of the human race to a worldwide audience. DEVO continued to release albums which featured minor hits throughout the 80's. They've performed live sporadically, but consistently, since the mid 1990's, and have done mini-tours in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
Shortly before DEVO took a hiatus in the mid 1980's, Mothersbaugh scored a Hawaiian Punch commercial, orchestrating factory sounds to create a rhythm track for a computer animation of dancing machinery & robots. More projects were sent his way, including the Pee Wee's Playhouse TV show, for which Mark provided the very memorable theme. He also scored several complete episodes of Pee-Wee's award-winning CBS TV series. Soon after, Mark found himself providing the soundtracks to 100 episodes of the Disney Channel's Adventures In Wonderland, along with some 420 songs. More scoring projects continued to seek Mark's talents throughout the 1990's, and necessitated a move to a larger studio, now located in the big, round, bright green building on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood.
Mark still creates music on a daily basis at Mutato Muzika, his Los Angeles based company, which is responsible for a plethora of current television, movie, and commercial scoring. Mutato's recent projects include the movies The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Welcome to Collinwood, Rugrats The Movie, and Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. Recent scores for TV include The Mind of the Married Man, Hidden Hills, MD's, LAX, as well as advertisements for Target, Swiffer, Apple Computers, Hummer, Sprint, and Mastercard.
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