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Bruce Swedien

Bruce Swedien

The Platinum Viking 1998

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Bruce Swedien, Extasy Recording Studios, LA 2001

Where did it all begin?

When I started in this business, the goal of recording a popular record, or any kind of record, was to present the music as though the listener was there, and to recreate the original soundfield with as much accuracy and clarity as we could. One record, in my estimation, is responsible for a major revolution in recording—Les Paul and Mary Ford, “How High the Moon.” It was so successful and broke through just like a shining light. All of sudden it dawned on me, and perhaps subconsciously the public realized it as well, that it was no longer necessary to present popular music in concert-like form. I discovered that it was perfectly all right to bend reality. On that record there is only one instrument and one voice. Les Paul plays all the in....


  

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