The Langs leased the building to Elektra Records in 1968 for one year and Frazier Mohawk became the resident manager. His goal was
to get away from the “city rat race” and create a happier, more productive environment. He called it an “experiment in living.”
Joining him in this experiment were Rolf Kempf, a guitarist, Stephen Solberg, a poet and singer, Sandy Konikoff, a drummer, Pete
Hodson, bass, Ken Zenking, cello and zither, Ned Doheny,
ack Wilce, Jackson Browne, three housekeepers and dancers named Janice, Connie, and Lottie (better known as the three graces of
Paxton Lodge), and T. Hoover.
During their stay at the lodge, these musicians created many things, probably the most interesting of which was the sphincterphone.
Together they remodeled the lodge to accommodate an echo chamber,
a recording room and studio, a photo lab, and dance and art studios.
Many groups played there during the year that they leased it, and
they were able to produce 2 records, which were entitled "Running, Jumping, Standing Still" and "Bamboo".
Overall, they considered their stay there a failure and called it " The Baby Browning Album" after a stillborn baby's headstone they had seen at a local cementery.
It was also during the one year lease that the famed Paxton ghost was first noticed!
When the one year experiment was over, they had spent over 75,000 and produced only 2 albums. They were sent a 10,000 bill for damages that the lodge had sustained during their stay there.