From the Library: Steampunk Exploration, take 2

Last week’s Steam­punk Explo­ration playlist was over 24 hours long, so no one heard it all. And we still haven’t answered the ques­tion, “What exact­ly is Steam­punk music?”

Per­former self-iden­ti­fi­ca­tion? Minor key and moody vocals? Retro-futur­ism? Appro­pri­a­tion of his­toric styles? Sub­ject mat­ter? Fan appre­ci­a­tion? DJ whim? Unusu­al instru­men­ta­tion? Eccen­tric­i­ty? Goth musi­cians look­ing for a niche? Do-it-your­selfism? All of the above? Oth­er?

Per­haps it isn’t pos­si­ble to say what exact­ly Steam­punk music is. Today’s playlist has been changed slight­ly from last week, notably by the addi­tion of Corvus Corax.

Have a lis­ten today and cre­ate your own definition—and feel free to leave com­ments below with your opin­ions.

From the Library is pro­duced by Radio Riel in con­junc­tion with the Cale­don Library in Sec­ond Life. Today’s pro­gram was pro­duced by Otenth Pader­born.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Cale­don Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Sec­ond Life ref­er­ence libraries in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Cale­don Library Web site, or one of their loca­tions in-world.

You can lis­ten now at — the ide­al URL for you to use in your home par­cel media address in-world — or sim­ply vis­it any Cale­don Library branch in-world and press Play on your embed­ded music play­er.

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One Response to “From the Library: Steampunk Exploration, take 2”

  1. Qwis says:

    I’m at a loss for a poet­ic descrip­tion of it, but the music has been a won­der­ful com­pan­ion at work the past two weeks.

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