Bjorn Thorsrud

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Bjorn Thorsrud
BornOctober 7, 1963
DiedOctober 20, 2021(2021-10-20) (aged 58)
ArtistsThe Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan, Linda Strawberry
RoleProducer, programmer, engineer
Years active1997-2011
WikipediaBjorn Thorsrud
Instagram@bjornthorsrudl

Bjorn Thorsrud (October 7, 1963 – October 20, 2021) was an American music producer, programmer, and audio engineer who had also engineered, mixed, or has contributed production or programming to every Smashing Pumpkins record since 1998's Adore to 2012's Oceania. Billy Corgan estimates that during this era, he spent more time with Thorsrud in the studio than he did with other band members. He considered Thorsrud as part of his own family, and there was even a Christmas holiday or two shared between only the two of them, as they had no one else to spend Christmas with.[1]

Thorsrud previously worked for the Taj-Motown Record Company and established his own record label, Tri Records. He held a bachelor's degree in physics and music from the University of Nevada, Reno.[2]

Other artists he had worked with include The Frogs, Dave Mason, Whitesnake, and Shania Twain.

On October 20, 2021, Thorsrud died suddenly of what is believed to have been a heart attack.[3][4][1]

Production credits[edit | edit source]

Year Album
2001 Judas O
2001 Rotten Apples
2003 Mary Star of the Sea
2005 TheFutureEmbrace
2009 Teargarden by Kaleidyscope
2012 Oceania

Studio sessions[edit | edit source]

As a producer[edit | edit source]

Session Artist Album(s)
April 6, 2000 – Riviera Theater The Smashing Pumpkins
October 2004-March 2005 – Pumpkinland The Smashing Pumpkins TheFutureEmbrace
May-September 2011 – Pumpkinland II The Smashing Pumpkins Oceania

As an engineer[edit | edit source]

Session Artist Album(s)
August-September 1997 – Chicago Trax Recording The Smashing Pumpkins Adore
August-November 2003 – Chicago Billy Corgan Chicago Kid
October 2004-March 2005 – Pumpkinland The Smashing Pumpkins TheFutureEmbrace
May-July 2008 – Ardent Studios The Smashing Pumpkins G.L.O.W.
September-December 2009 – Pumpkinland II The Smashing Pumpkins Teargarden by Kaleidyscope - Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor
January-June 2010 – Pumpkinland II The Smashing Pumpkins Teargarden by Kaleidyscope - Vol. 2: The Solstice Bare
December 2010-February 2011 – Pumpkinland II The Smashing Pumpkins
February 2011 – Sweet 16 Studio The Smashing Pumpkins

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Billy Corgan. October 21, 2021 Instagram post
  2. "The People". Big Idea, Inc. Retrieved 19 May 2012.
  3. @lindastrawberry (October 20, 2021). "'Heathcliff, it's me, I'm Cathy. I've come home, I'm so cold. Let me in your window..' 😭😭😭 #rip #bjorn 💔" – via Instagram.
  4. @smashingpumpkins (October 21, 2021). "The SP family is saddened by the sudden passing of friend Bjorn Thorsrud" – via Instagram.