Legendary audio engineer and Michael Jackson collaborator Bruce Swedien has died. His daughter, musician Roberta Swedien, shared on Facebook that the famend recordist died final evening (November 16). “He had an extended life full of affection, nice music, large boats and a phenomenal marriage,” she wrote. “We’ll have fun that life. He was liked by everybody.” He was 86 years outdated.
Born to a pair of classically skilled musicians, Swedien leapt into recording from an early age. By age 21, he was working and recording professionally, first for RCA Victor after which finally underneath recording pioneer Invoice Putnam at Common Recording. Throughout that point, Swedien recorded artists like Rely Basie, Duke Ellington, and Dinah Washington. It was additionally throughout that point that he first got here into contact with a then-up-and-coming producer named Quincy Jones, who requested him to collaborate with him on Michael Jackson’s debut album Off the Wall after they labored on the soundtrack for The Wiz collectively.
Swedien recorded and blended Off the Wall, Thriller, Dangerous, and Dangerous, turning into a detailed collaborator to each Jones and Jackson within the course of. “There aren’t sufficient phrases to specific how a lot Bruce meant to me,” Jones wrote in a tribute posted to Instagram. “ I’ve all the time stated it’s no accident that greater than 4 many years later irrespective of the place I’m going on the earth, in each membership, like clockwork at the witching hour you hear ‘Billie Jean,’ ‘Beat It,’ ‘Wanna Be Beginning One thing,’ & ‘Thriller.’ That was the sonic genius of Bruce Swedien, & to this present day I can hear artists making an attempt to duplicate him. I’m going to overlook your presence each single day “Svensk”, however I’ll cherish each second we shared collectively laughin’, lovin’, livin’, & givin’… Relaxation In Peace my brother.”