Return to Seraph City: Music of the 20s & 30s

We’re pleased to learn that Ser­aph City, the beau­ti­ful Dieselpunk city in Sec­ond Life that was threat­ened with clo­sure just days ago, has been saved, under new own­er­ship. If you’re in-world, do vis­it Edward Pearse’s mar­vel­lous Ancient Egypt­ian-influ­enced Radio Riel Head­quar­ters build­ing, with its remark­able hiero­glyphs!


If you’re won­der­ing what Dieselpunk is, Wikipedia notes: “Dieselpunk is an art style based on the aes­thet­ics pop­u­lar between World War I and the end of World War II. The style com­bines the artis­tic and genre influ­ences of the peri­od (includ­ing pulp mag­a­zines, ser­i­al films, film noir, art deco, and wartime pin-ups) with post­mod­ern tech­nol­o­gy and sen­si­bil­i­ties.” Think Rock­e­teer, Sky Cap­tain and the World of Tomor­row, Dark City, et al.

To cel­e­brate Ser­aph City’s reprieve, we’re play­ing a pro­gramme of music from the 1920s and 30s, com­posed of orig­i­nal record­ings and more recent re-record­ings. The cri­te­ri­on is sim­ply that the piece was writ­ten dur­ing the peri­od, so you’ll in fact hear per­for­mances vir­tu­al­ly from then until now.

The pro­gramme includes jazz, dance music, big band, rag­time and pop­u­lar songs — and much more. And remem­ber, if you enjoy music of this peri­od, you can hear it all the time on Radio Riel’s Dieselpunk stream.

Images by Wild­star Beau­mont

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin. If you are tun­ing in from Cana­da or the Unit­ed States, please click here. Oth­er­wise, click here to start your play­er, if your brows­er is con­fig­ured to do so.

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