Legendary audio engineer and Michael Jackson employee Bruce Swedien has died. His daughter, the musician Roberta Swedien, announced on Facebook that the well-known record player died yesterday evening (November 16). “He had a long life of love, great music, big boats, and a beautiful marriage,” she wrote. “We will celebrate this life. He was loved by everyone. “He was 86 years old.
Swedien was born to two classically trained musicians and began recording at a young age. At the age of 21 he was working and recording professionally, first for RCA Victor and then at Universal Recording under recording pioneer Bill Putnam. During this time, Sweden recorded artists such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Dinah Washington. It was also during this time that he first came into contact with an aspiring producer named Quincy Jones, who asked him to work with him on Michael Jackson’s debut album, Off the Wall, after they worked on the soundtrack for The Wiz.
Swedien recorded and mixed Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad and Dangerous and became a close collaborator of Jones and Jackson. “There aren’t enough words to express how much Bruce meant to me,” Jones wrote in a tribute to Instagram. “I have always said that it is no coincidence that more than four decades later, wherever I go in the world, in every club, like clockwork at witchcraft hour, you have ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Beat It’, ‘Wanna Be Starting Something ‘Heard’ & ‘Thriller. ‘That was Bruce Swedien’s sonic genius, and to this day I can hear artists trying to replicate him. I will miss your presence every day “Svensk”, but I will cherish every moment that we laughed, loved, lived and gave together … rest in peace, my brother. “