Begun in 1993 as the project of Stephen Gardner from Arlington, VA, Chessie explores the physical, emotional, and aesthetic aspects of railways through sound. Gardner, who has worked for and traveled extensively on railways, processes his railroad experiences through various electro-acoustic production methods including analog tape techniques, acoustic instruments, and sequencer-less recordings.
Following two full length LP/CD's (Drop Beat's 1997's "Signal Series" and 1999's "Meet") and various singles, Gardner was joined full-time by Ben Bailes, a sound engineer and producer based in New York City, who has been listening intently to the world around him for as long as he can remember. The two started collaborating in 1998 while Gardner was recording "Meet", and came to enjoy working as a duo.

Chessie Discography Tracks


Chessie - Signal Series album art Chessie Signal Series (Album) Drop Beat Records US 1998 Sell This Version
Chessie - Meet album art Chessie Meet (Album) Drop Beat Records US 1999 Sell This Version
Chessie - Overnight album art Chessie Overnight (Album) Plug Research Germany 2001 Sell This Version
PLG84CD Chessie - Manifest album art Chessie Manifest(CD, Album) Plug Research PLG84CD US 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

spl 01 Chessie - Approach Limited album art Chessie Approach Limited(7") Drop Beat Records spl 01 US 1996 Sell This Version
PR240005 Chessie - Lost, Not Found album art Chessie / Computer Soup Chessie / Computer Soup - Lost, Not Found(10") Plug Research PR240005 US 2000 Sell This Version
Chessie - Dual Mode album art Chessie Dual Mode (Maxi) Lok Musik Germany 2006 Sell This Version

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