From the Library: Steampunk Sounds

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.

From the Library is pro­duced in con­junc­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium. For more about the work of the Con­sor­tium, please click here. Today’s pro­gramme was pro­duced by Elrik Mer­lin. You can lis­ten to it on our Main Stream as fol­lows:

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One Response to “From the Library: Steampunk Sounds”

  1. Gabrielle Riel says:

    Ok — today’s pro­gram total­ly rocked! Er…steamed?


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