In the Studio with Michael Jackson

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(Book). No one was closer to Michael Jackson at the height of his creative powers than Bruce Swedien, the five-time Grammy winner who, with Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, formed the trio responsible for the sound of Jackson's records records that topped the charts and shook the world. Friend, co-creator, and colleague, Bruce Swedien was a seasoned recording engineer plucked from a job at legendary Universal Audio in Chicago when he began working with Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones on the soundtrack to The Wiz , and he was the master

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Overview

(Book). No one was closer to Michael Jackson at the height of his creative powers than Bruce Swedien, the five-time Grammy winner who, with Jackson and producer Quincy Jones, formed the trio responsible for the sound of Jackson's records records that topped the charts and shook the world. Friend, co-creator, and colleague, Bruce Swedien was a seasoned recording engineer plucked from a job at legendary Universal Audio in Chicago when he began working with Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones on the soundtrack to The Wiz , and he was the master technician who gave the records their sound as the trio progressed to Jackson's greatest triumphs, Off the Wall and the iconic, history-making Thriller , which revolutionized music and video and fixed Jackson in culture as the King of Pop. In the Studio with Michael Jackson is the chronicle of those times, when everything was about the music, the magic, and the amazing talent of a man who changed the face of pop music and culture forever. In his laid-back style, Bruce Swedien offers anecdotes about being part of Quincy Jones' extended "family" and reveals the technical details of creating Michael Jackson's biggest-selling albums, as well as Bad , Dangerous , and HIStory . Including over 100 photos, In the Studio with Michael Jackson provides an insider's look that will thrill anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of hit making and the history of some of America's most influential music.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781423464952
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 7/27/2009
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 726,219
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Note Rusty Cutchin ix

Foreword: Svensk Quincy Jones xi

Preface Rod Temperton xiii

Introduction: Bruce Swedien Through my Eyes Tom B&aumlet;hler xv

Prologue Trond Braaten xix

Chapter 1 Recording Michael Jackson, Album by Album 1

The Albums 1

In the Studio with Michael Jackson 2

Meeting Quincy Jones 2

Meeting Rod Temperton 4

Michael Jackson 5

How I Met Michael Jackson 6

Recording Michael's Albums 7

Working with Michael Jackson 9

The Wiz 12

Off the Wall 18

Thriller 24

Victory 39

Bad 41

Dangerous 48

HIStory 53

Invincible 60

Studios Used for the Recording of Michael's Albums 62

My Recollection of Working with Michael Jackson on HIStory Chuck Wild 63

Christmas with Michael During the HIStory Album Bea Anderson-Swedien 64

Funky Tabla Roberta Swedien 64

The HIStory Playback Session-for the Label Bigwigs! Bea Anderson-Swedien 67

Chapter 2 The Future of Music is in Good Hands 69

Russ Ragsdale 70

Phil O'Keefe 73

Martin Kantola 75

Keith Henderson 78

Arjan "Boosh" Boes 80

Ashish Machanda 83

Peter Wade Keusch 85

Chapter 3 More on Bruce Swedien 89

Looking Back 25 Years: The Bruce Swedien Interview Bonzai 89

Bruce Swedien, the Mentor: A Dutchman Reflects Han 95

Bruce Swedien, the Engineer: Press Clipping, 1957 96

John Jennings, Royer Labs 96

Art Noxon, Acoustic Sciences Corporation 101

Chapter 4 More About the Recording Process 103

Room Light Levels During the Recording and Mixing Process 104

I Like to Think of My Stereo Field as a "Sonic Sculpture" 105

The Acusonic Recording Process 106

Tape Machines and Multitracking 107

A Case Full of Monster Cable Goes with Me Everywhere110

Microphones Are the Holy Grail 111

Recording Vocals 118

Recording and Mixing Drums, Vocals, and Other Sound Sources 124

Large-Scale Mixers 126

Speakers, Amplifiers, and Volume Levels in the Control Room 128

Monitor Speaker Settings 129

Outboard Equipment 132

My Favorite Reverbs for My Work with Michael: A Little Reverb HIStory 138

A Beautiful Nymph Named Echo Appears in Greek Mythology 139

Electronic Reverb Settings 140

Bernie Grundman: Bernie Grundman Mastering Studios in Hollywood and Tokyo 143

Influences 147

Discography 155

Honors and Awards 175

Index 179

About the Author 189

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  • Posted August 10, 2009

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    IN THE STUDIO WITH MICHAEL JACKSON

    To tell you the truth, This book gave me an insight of what MICHAEL Jackson was like to work with. I LOVED reading stories about him and the experiances that people had working or being in his presens.

    This is a Great book for people in the Music production and music engineering feild. It has soo many information on the production of Off the wall, Thriller, BAD, Dangerous, HIStory, and Invincible. It gives an indepth look of how the BIGGEST Selling album was made. It was Great to read WHAT happened when MICHAEL JACKSON, Quincy Jones, and Bruce Swedien worked together.

    For any Producer, this is A great book to have.

    And if you are a Michael fan and Love his music...its very interestin. It also has Rare Pictures inside.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2009

    Great for Music Engineers but Not for Fans

    This book is a very detailed book that one familiar with the technical aspects of recording would enjoy, but it is not for the average fan. Michael Jackson is, of couse, mentioned in the book, but the anecdotes about him are in the context of creating studio recordings.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2009

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    A great book that highlights Michael Jackson as a musician and Bruce Swedien's expertise in the studio.

    If you ever wanted to know how Michael Jackson really was in the studio I recommend that you read this book. Michael was not just an entertainer - he was a hard working man who was hands-on in the studio as well. This book provides a window into his extraordinary talent, creativity, professionalalism, politeness, generosity, humor and extreme sensitivity. Bruce Swedien and others give personal accounts of some of their experiences while working with Michael. I read this book in 2 days! In the second part of this book Mr. Swedien focuses more on the mechanics of music engineering when he graciously shares details to engineering his masterful work, his accomplishments and career over the years - this part of the book is best for those who want to learn about recording and producing music in the quality of Bruce Swedien and others whom he has worked with. The first half of this book is more about Micheal Jackson. All in all, this book is a keeper for MJ fans, music lovers and music studio technicians who want to learn from Bruce Swedien.

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