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Mikhail Chekalin

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Михаил Чекалин (Mikhail Chekalin), born in Moscow in 1959, is a Russian experimental musician who mostly works in the field of electronic music, although he has also produced works for organ, voice and musique-concrete. He is regarded as one of the founding and leading figures in Russian electronic music, and despite being excluded from releasing his albums officially by the Soviet authorities until the end of the 80s he still created a large body of work and found recognition amongst critics and fellow artists in the east and west.

Discography

LPs:

  • 1988 - "Vocalise in Rapide" (84-85) - Melodia C60 27165
  • 1989 - "Post-Pop - Non-Pop" (84,87,88) - Melodia C60 28737
  • 1991 - "Meditative Music for the Decomposed Electro-Organ 1" (81-82) - Melodia C90 31373
  • 1991 - "Meditative Music for the Decomposed Electro-Organ 2" (82) - Melodia C90 31671
  • 1991 - "Meditative Music for the Decomposed Electro-Organ 3" (81-83) - Melodia C90 31673
  • 1991 - "Practical Music Making I" (82-85) - Melodia C90 31679
  • 1991 - "Between Spring and Autumn by Stealth" (1986) - Melodia C90 31675
  • 1991 - "Practical Music Making II" (84-87) - Melodia Ñ90 31677
  • 1991 - "The Green Symphony" (1988). "The Night Rite With Voices" (1984) - Melodia C90 31375
  • 1991 - "Boarder State" (1988) - Melodia C90 31377
  • 1991 - "Symphony-Phonogram" (1989) - Melodia C90 30665
  • 1991 - "Introduction into Intuition" (1989) - Melodia C90 31681
  • 1991 - "Concerto Grosso 1" (1989) - Melodia C90 30667
  • 1991 - "Concerto Grosso 2" (1989) - Melodia C90 30669

CDs:

  • 1991 - "Russian Mystery" (1989) - Melodia SUCD-60 00295
  • 1993 - "Night Pulsation" - Erdenklang /DA-Music (Germany) 30632
  • 1993 - "Film-Music 1" (1991) - Russian Disc RDCD 00072
  • 1993 - "Double Album With the Symphony in New Age Style, Volume I" (91-92) - Russian Disc RDCD 00073
  • 1993 - "Double Album With the Symphony in New Age Style, Volume II" (91-92) - Russian Disc RDCD 00074
  • 1995 - "Album With A Symphony" (82-92) - Solyd SLR 0040 / CD Baby Music
  • 1996 - "Nonkonformist" (2CD) (1983-96) - TAU 00145/147
  • 1997 - "Analog Magic" (4CD) (1979-89) - TAU 00150
  • 1997 - "Porcelain God" (1996) - TAU 00151 / MuseaRecords
  • 1999 - "Avoiding The Desire For Cutting And Piercing Objects" (1998) - TAU 00157 / Musea Records
  • 2000 - "Concerto Grosso 1 (1989). Dissonata (1990). Pagan Vocalise (1992)" - Boheme CDBMR 009169 Musea Records
  • 2001 - "Concerto Grosso 2. Bonus Tracks" - Boheme CDBMR 012189 / Musea Records
  • 2001 - "Probability Symphony in the Style of Jazz in Five Parts for Four Players" - Leo (UK) GY 407 (allmusic.com)
  • 2001 - "Last Seasons (1998). Black Square (1996)" - DA-Music /CCn'C (Germany) 01612
  • 2002 - "Saturn. Izdelije ¹..." - CDL 885-02 / Musea Records
  • 2003 - "FortePIANO" (2002) - CTCD 043 / Musea Records
  • 2003 - "Meditative Music For A Prepared Organ, Vol.1" (1979-83) - Citadel CTCD 045 / Musea Records
  • 2003 - "Meditative Music For A Prepared Organ, Vol.2" (1979-83) - CTCD 046 / Musea Records
  • 2004 - "The Symphony - Phonogram, Vol.3" (1980-1989) - Nex NG 4045 / MuseaRecords
  • 2004 - "Green Symphony / Borderline State, Vol.4" (1980-1988) - Nex NG 4043 / MuseaRecords
  • 2004 - "Between Spring And Autumn By Stealth, Vol.5" (1986-1993) - Nex NG 4044 / MuseaRecords
  • 2004 - "A Pagan Suite" (1990-1991) - Nex NG 4046 / MuseaRecords
  • 2004 - "Paradigm Transition" (1996)- Mir Records Eurock USA / MuseaRecords / TowerRecords
  • 2004 - "Untimely" (2002-2004) - Mir Records Eurock USA / amazon.com
  • 2005 - "Poruganie Patsifika" - Mir Records Eurock USA / Amazon.com
  • 2005 - "59 Poems of Russian Poets About Love" music-poetry OST, DVD DirectMedia
  • 2006 - "The Fall of Celestial" lyrics by Li Bai for narrator and instrumental phonogram in 7 parts, DVD - DirectMedia
  • 2006 - "Lioshiki" musical fairy for child, DVD DirectMedia
  • 2008 - "What Is PO..." Mono Opera on texts by A.Vvedensky, D.Harms, I.Bahterev for Drama Actress (Natalya Vlassova) - DirectMedia
  • 2008 - Kidnapping Europe - DA Music/CCn‘C Records
  • 2010 - Catharsis - Mir Records Eurock USA / emusic.com / cdbaby.com / itunes.apple.com
  • 2011 - Blowing Off The Inferno Mikhail Chekalin and Ulli A. Ruetzel - CCnC Records / CD Universe
  • 2011 - The Return Of The Inferno Mikhail Chekalin and Ulli A. Ruetzel - VIRGIN mega.fr CCn'C RECORDS / CD Universe / Amazon.com / tradebit.de /itunes.apple.com 34.
  • 2012 - Living With The Inferno Mikhail Chekalin & Ulli A. Ruetzel CCn'C / Amazon.com / itunes.apple.com / rhapsody.com

Previously Unreleased HISTORIC EDITIONS - 1970s/early 1980s Vol.1-6

  • Historic Edition Vol. 1 [1970s-1980s] MCD1005 - Mikhail Chekalin A Well Prepared Electric Organ
  • Historic Edition Vol. 2 [1970s-1980s] MCD1006 - Mikhail Chekalin Background-Underground
  • Historic Edition Vol. 3 [1970s-1980s] MCD1007 - Mikhail Chekalin Free Piano
  • Historic Edition Vol. 4 [1970s-1980s] MCD1008 - Mikhail Chekalin Just Bits And Pieces
  • Historic Edition Vol. 5 [1970s-1980s] MCD1009 - Mikhail Chekalin Open Piano/Psychedelic Nokturne...
  • Historic Edition Vol. 6 [1970s-1980s] MCD1010 - Mikhail Chekalin Tercium Organum/Disturbances...
  • MCD1012 [1989] - Mikhail Chekalin Music for Film
  • MCD1011 [1989] - Mikhail Chekalin Dissonata
  • MCD1013 [1990] - Mikhail Chekalin Existentions
  • MCD1014 [1990] - Mikhail Chekalin Reflections
  • MCD1017 [1993] - In Concert I Mikhail Chekalin / Alexander Eisenstadt CD 1
  • MCD1018 [1993] - In Concert II Mikhail Chekalin / Alexander Eisenstadt CD 2
  • MCD1015 Double Album-Vol.1 [1992] - Mikhail Chekalin A New Age Symphony
  • MCD1016 Double Album-Vol.2 [1992-93] - Mikhail Chekalin Identifications
  • MCD1019 [1996] - Mikhail Chekalin Ad Marginum
  • MCD1020 [1998] - Mikhail Chekalin Piano Variations
  • MCD1021 [1999, mixed 2002] - Mikhail Chekalin Incantation Songs
  • MCD1025 [1991] - Mikhail Chekalin A Pagan Suite *
  • MCD1026 [1994] - Mikhail Chekalin and New Jazz Trio Probability Symphony * (original live rec.)
  • MCD1027 [1996-97] - Mikhail Chekalin Porcelain God *
  • MCD1028 [1998] - Mikhail Chekalin Avoiding the Desire for Cutting And Piercing Objects *
  • MCD1029 [1998-2000] - Mikhail Chekalin Saturn
  • MCD1031 [1979-1983] Mikhail Chekalin - Meditations for Prepared Electric Organ Vol. 1
  • MCD1032 [1979-1983] Mikhail Chekalin - Meditations for Prepared Electric Organ Vol. 2
  • MCD1033 [1980-1985] Mikhail Chekalin - Vocalise in Rapid ("Melodia" LP plus bonus-tracks 80s)
  • MCD1035 [1982-1987] Mikhail Chekalin - Post-Pop-Non-Pop ("Melodia" LP plus bonus-tracks80s)
  • MCD1034 [1986] Mikhail Chekalin - Between Spring And Autumn by Stealth ("Melodia" LP + tr.)
  • MCD1036 [1987-88] Mikhail Chekalin - Green Symphony/ Borderline States ("Melodia" LP + bonus)
  • MCD1037 [1988-89] Mikhail Chekalin - Symphony-Phonogram ("Melodia" LP plus bonus-tracks 80s)
  • MCD1038 [1989] Mikhail Chekalin - Concerto Grosso 1 & 2 ("Melodia" 2 LP albums)
  • MCD1030 [2002] Mikhail Chekalin - Ôorte Piano
  • MCD1022 [2007] Mikhail Chekalin - The PostElectric Symphony
  • MCD1023 [2008] Mikhail Chekalin - Post-Realism 1
  • MCD1024 [2008] Mikhail Chekalin - Post-Realism Vol. 2
  • MCD1039 [2011-2012] Mikhail Chekalin - Supremus Continue
  • MCD1040 [2014] Mikhail Chekalin - Requiem for Unofficial Moscow Artist / PostSymphony No. 12
  • MCD1041 [2014] Mikhail Chekalin - MonoOpera "What Is Po..?"
  • MCD1042 [2014] Mikhail Chekalin - Symphony # 13
  • MCD1043 [2014] Mikhail Chekalin - PostAmbient Symphony
  • MCD1044 [2015] Mikhail Chekalin - Mahavox Symphony 1
  • MCD1045 [2015] Mikhail Chekalin - Mahavox Symphony 2
  • MCD1046 [2015] Mikhail Chekalin & Alexander Eisenstadt - Piano No Concerto, Protest, Anthems
  • MCD1047 [2016] Mikhail Chekalin - Kidnapping Europe
  • MCD1048 [2016] rec. in may 2009 - Live PostRequiem Alive-50
  • MCD1049 [2016] Mikhail Chekalin - NeoAmbient PostMeditative / Are We Here, Are We Long Gone
  • MCD1050 [2018] Mikhail Chekalin - The Eurock Post-Symphony

DVD

  • 2007 - "Poruganie Patsifika" - DVD, DirectMedia
  • 2008 - "Pourganie Patsifika" - Mir Records Eurock USA
  • 2009 - Video History of Light & Sound vol.1 - Mir Records Eurock USA
  • 2009 - Video History of Light & Sound vol.2 - Mir Records Eurock USA
  • 2009 - Mikhail Chekalin ALIVE@50 - Mir Records Eurock USA

Sampler CDs:

  • 1992 - "Looking East - Estonia And Russia" - Erdenklang (Germany) 29612, three tracks
  • 1996 - "Deus Ex Machina" - Indigo (Germany) 1368-2, one track
  • 1999 - "Beautiful Morning - Wonderful Night. Romantic Vampires" - KOCH (Austria) 333 182, two tracks
  • 2007 - "Music from Utopia" one track - CCnC (Germany)
  • 1994 - "NEW AGE" EMI ‎– 7243 8 29881 1 3, LP One Track

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