Sousa Archives to house material from Pogo Studio

Sousa Archives to house material from Pogo Studio

CHAMPAIGN — Although Mark Rubel has left town, a lot of his stuff is staying right here.

The dean of music engineers in the area, Rubel is closing his Pogo Studios in downtown Champaign as he moves into a teaching and engineering job at a prestigious Nashville studio.

His last project here was a song to benefit tornado victims, "Gifford and Washington," featuring David Howie and Lou DiBello. You can hear it on YouTube at

Many of his artifacts, which are records of three decades of Champaign-Urbana music, will be going in to the University of Illinois Sousa Archives.

Rubel, who has a wry take on a lot of things, finds the move "hilarious and poignant and meaningful."

"I think I'm going to have myself taxidermied, and they can keep me with all the other stuff," he said Tuesday.

The archive, named for the historic American bandleader John Philip Sousa, is hosted in the Harding Band Building, 1103 S. Sixth St., C.

The Rubel collection includes audio recordings, session logs, track sheets, photographs and artifacts from 30 years of Pogo Studio. Rubel recorded such musicians as Adrian Belew, Alison Krauss, Hum, Menthol, Starcastle and the Vertebrats. He also taught at Parkland College and Eastern Illinois University, and recordings are saved from those eras.

Scott Schwartz, director of the Sousa Archives, said the new collections fit within the collections development mission of the archives and Center for American Music.

"And specifically, our new focus on documenting Urbana-Champaign's local music scene," he said.

"Pogo Studio: Capturing the Sounds of the Champaign-Urbana Music Scene 1985-2014" will open July 1 at the archives. Its run will last until June 24, 2016.

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