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Vyacheslav Mescherin
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Vyacheslav Mescherin

Vyacheslav Mescherin (died 1995) was a Soviet musician who used synthesisers to produce his music. For a long time he was the director of the Moscow Orchestra of Electromusical Instruments. It was informally known as Vyacheslav Mescherin Orchestra, and for some quirk of translation, Mescherin's name entered many song lists in the form of Vyacheslav Orchestra Mescherin.

Although Mescherin's name is relatively unknown in both North America and the former Soviet Union, his music is known in both countries in different ways.

In the Soviet Union, Mescherin's music could be heard virtually everywhere, in elevators, on television backgrounds; the Soviet government asked him to prepare a version of the Internationale (The former national anthem) for use in a Sputnik satellite in 1959.

In the United States two pieces of Mescherin's music are well-known. "Popcorn" which became popular in the 1970s by one man band Hot Butter was created by Mescherin (although there is a little bit added in the Hot Butter's version, the song is definitely the same). Even more so the Disneyland parade song was purchased by Disney in the 1960s.

Mescherin's music has been collected in two albums entitled Easy USSR Volumes I and II (1960s and '70s, and 1970s and '80s, respectively).

He had produced over 1,000 music tracks all of which are archived in the old Soviet Sound Recording Museum in Moscow

External Links:

The Orchestra of Electro-Musical Instruments Swings the Sputnik Once Again

Translation of Radio Transcript I can't find the russian version of the transcript anymore.

Download half of Easy USSR I This website has the original version of the "Popcorn" song. It is the last one.

Has some .RAM files of Mescherin's music