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Bruce Swedien is an audio engineer and music producer of Scandinavian descent born in Minneapolis in 1934. He is known for his work with Quincy Jones.

Swedien is a five-time Grammy winner and was nominated 13 times. He assisted in producing the best-sold album in the world, Thriller by Michael Jackson. He was the sound engineer for Jackson for many years.

He also recorded and mixed for jazz artists such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Quincy Jones, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock and Jeff Oster. His pop work includes Patti Austin, Natalie Cole, Roberta Flack, Mick Jagger, Jennifer Lopez, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Rufus, Chaka Khan, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, Sarah Vaughan, and the zouk band Kassav'. He wrote the scores for Night Shift, The Color Purple and Running Scared.

On 10 November 2001, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in philosophy from the Luleå University of Technology, Swedien for his achievements as a sound engineer. Swedien also held "masterclasses" at the Swedish National Radio for practicing sound engineers.

Swedien is notable for pioneering the 'Acusonic Recording Process' which involves pairing up microphones together on vocals and instruments when making 24 and 48 track recordings. This achieved an enhanced roomy ambient sound, some of which is evident on albums produced in collaboration with Quincy Jones on tracks such as 'Sounds And Stuff Like That!!', George Benson's 'Give Me The Night', and Michael Jackson albums 1979-2001.


  • Swedien, Bruce (2003). Make Mine Music. Norway: MIA Musikk. ISBN 8-299-67561-8.
  • Q & A with Bruce Swedien: [1]

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