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

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 12 March, 2014

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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