Legendary audio engineer and Michael Jackson collaborator Bruce Swedien has died. His daughter, musician Roberta Swedien, shared on Facebook that the renowned recordist died on November 16. He was 86 years old.
Following his sad death, Michale Jackson estate paid tribute to the legendary audio engineer by writing a touching letter on Instagram. In the statement, Swedien has been identified as one of the most creative sound engineers. It was mentioned that he was involved in the creation of some of the most memorable moments for music’s most iconic artists.
He was best known for recording and mixing Michael Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall,’ ‘Thriller,’ and ‘Bad.’ Jackson’s hit songs won Grammy thanks to Bruce’s effort and talent.
the statement continued, and referred to the friendship between Michael Jackson and Bruce Swedien, it was stated that Swedien transferred some of his experiences and knowledge to Jackson as he got older. Finally, a condolence message was sent to Bruce’s family.
Here’s the statement:
“As one of the most imaginative audio engineers to ever walk into a recording studio, Bruce Swedien was involved in the creation of some of the most memorable moments for music’s most iconic artists. His contribution to Michael Jackson’s sound was invaluable, earning him Grammys for the Thriller, Bad and Dangerous albums.
Moreover, Bruce’s professional collaboration with Michael became a close friendship they both cherished. Bruce was a kind, generous soul who as he grew older continued to share his knowledge of his craft with younger generations. He will be missed by all whose lives and careers he touched.
Our thoughts are with his wife Bea and his daughter Roberta and their extended family at this difficult time.”
See the Instagram post below.