From the Library: Steampunk Sounds

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by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 6 May, 2009

Today’s programme in From the Library explores the realm of Steampunk and neo-Victorian music. Except nobody really knows what “Steampunk” means: it’s rather in the eye of the beholder. And of course that when we say “neo-Victorian”, we mean something other than the age that was. In the case of both terms, we are thinking more of the age that might have been, where airships majestically ply the skies and vast machines are driven by steam.

Musically, our jumping-off point 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.

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Gabrielle Riel May 6, 2009 at 19:57

Ok - today's program totally rocked! Er...steamed?



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