Happy Birthday, Bruce Swedien!


Five-time Grammy Winner celebrates his 80th birthday

Last Updated: February 20, 2014 5:31 pm GMT
(Montclair, New Jersey--February 20, 2014) Iconic recording engineer and author Bruce Swedien looks back on nearly six decades of recording and mastering some of the greatest songs of our times. His longevity and relevance serves as a testament to his talent as his career in music began with the post-swing era and continues through today's age of ever-evolving multi-media digital technology.

First publicly recognized in 1962 with a Grammy nomination for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' Big Girls Don't Cry, Bruce went on to earn a total of 13 Grammy nominations and record and mix Michael Jackson's Thriller, the best-selling album in the history of recorded music.

A Minneapolis native, Bruce’s recording interest began at the age of 10 when his dad gave him a disc-recording machine. He spent his summer vacations and weekends in a small basement recording studio, and went on to study electrical engineering at the University of Minnesota with a minor in music. In 1957, Bruce moved to Chicago, to work for RCA Victor recording studios, recording among others the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Jimmy Dorsey's last recording. He also worked at Bill Putnam's Universal Recording at Chicago where he recorded virtually every major artist in "the Windy City", among them Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington and many more. During that time, he met and worked with Quincy Jones, a relationship that has happily endured to the present time.

Bruce authored many articles for major industry-made journals and magazines and has given many lectures and music recording seminars for Universities, Colleges and other organizations, including the Audio Engineering Society, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, and industry societies in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Japan, Germany and Mexico City. His popular "In the Studio With Bruce Swedien" Workshops are designed for those professionally involved in the technical aspects, the performing, and the production of high-quality recorded music. Bruce demonstrates a process of listening that involves analysis, serious thinking and thoughtful judgment.

Last year, The Bruce Swedien Recording Method, a timeless reference for anyone interested in capturing and mixing the best possible music recordings, was published by Hal Leonard. This book explains many of the techniques Swedien has used to capture his unforgettable drum, bass, guitar, keyboard, vocal, string, and brass sounds.

“For someone who wants to learn how to record great music, there’s no one better to emulate than Bruce Swedien. Pay attention to how he records music, but just as important, pay attention to why he records music and to the care and love that go into how he works,” writes Quincy Jones in the book’s foreword. The Bruce Swedien Recording Method provides the reader with a unique insight into the approach and the mindset Swedien used to record the best-selling records of all time.

Hal Leonard Books has had the great honor of working with Bruce to bring his legendary music knowledge and experience to the world and it is with this they wish him the happiest of 80th birthdays.

The Bruce Swedien Recording Method
$39.99 (US)
Inventory #HL 00333302
ISBN: 9781458411198
Width: 8.5"
Length: 11.0"
334 pages


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