From the Library: An Age Remembered

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 25 March, 2009

Today’s programme in From the Library continues the theme initiated by Otenth yesterday, namely that of Steampunk and neo-Victorian music. Except of course that when we say “neo-Victorian”, we mean something other than the age that was: more the age that might have been, where airships majestically ply the skies and vast machines are driven by steam.

We’re remembering the anniversary of the death, 104 years ago yesterday, of early science-fiction writer and visionary Jules Verne. Verne predicted a world of cars, television and the Internet, as well as helicopters, submarines, projectors and music players. In his From the Earth to the Moon he describes a ship containing three astronauts being launched from a spot in Florida just 130 miles from Cape Canaveral.

Musically, our jumping-off point, logically enough, is the sound of Vernian Process, aka Joshua Pfeiffer, who is also a resident in-world of the New Babbage community. We go from there to include other artists from the Gilded Age label via the compilation double-album that gives today’s set its title (and graphic), An Age Remembered. We’ve also rustled up some Dark Cabaret and a little Goth music, along with a trip to Abney Park and some music from the Mediæval Bæbes and their various members’ solo efforts, some of which are not as well known as they should be. And of course a great deal more.

The result is an often raucous and sometimes eerie mix, on occasion noisy and industrial, with a certain dark passion mixed with the essence of fire, steam and steel. Do not touch exposed moving parts.

From the Library is produced in conjunction with the Caledon Library; today’s programme was produced by Elrik Merlin. You can listen to it on our Main Stream as follows:

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