From the Library: Dieselpunk

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by Gabrielle Riel on Wednesday, 24 March, 2010

Just when you started to really understand the meaning of Steampunk, Radio Riel throws another concept at you… Dieselpunk!

From the font of all knowledge Wikipedia: “Dieselpunk is shorthand to describe a fantasy society with an industrial level of development, informed by Cyberpunk sensibilities.  It is a manipulation on an alternate, future 1950s from the developed technology and society of the 1930’s, where the Great Depression never arrived thus World War II is still being fought as a prolonged Cold War.”

Today and tomorrow’s program on Radio Riel Main is Jazz and Swing, with some Film Noir soundtracks tossed into the mix.  Welcome to music for Dieselpunks!  In addition, Gabrielle Riel will be play two live sets of Swing for dances in Second Life.  The details are as follows:

The Hall in the Proof of Concept Build for Seraph City, a planned Dieselpunk sim in Second Life (

Early Birds’ Swing Dance — 2:00pm — 3:30pm SLT
Night Owls’ Swing Dance — 7:00pm — 8:30pm SLT

Attire can be anything in which you feel comfortable, but we encourage attire from the 1920s — 1940s, dressy or otherwise.  Music will be Jazz and Swing from that era played by Gabrielle Riel, and will run on Radio Riel Main. (

Radio Riel produces this program in conjunction with the Alexandrian Free Library Consortium of Second Life. You can listen to the program now at . Today’s music originates from the music library of Gabrielle Riel.

For more information on the Alexandrian Free Library, current exhibits and the work of Consortium members in general, please visit the Alexandrian Free Library website, or one of their branches in-world.

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