Steampunk Classics

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by Elrik Merlin on Thursday, 26 June, 2008

Today’s programme in our week of music celebrating the 5th Birthday of Second Life, presented in conjunction with the Caledon SL5B Exhibit, features selections from another of the musical genres popular among residents of Caledon, our own Steampunk/Victorian corner of Second Life.

Titled Steampunk Classics, all the music you will hear today is produced by some kind of machine, whether it relies on compressed air, steam or silicon, from Calliope to Kaleidophon, from Victorian clockwork mechanical musical entertainments to the latest in synthesiser snazziness.

Join Gabrielle Riel as she cranks up some marvellous music machines to bring you mechanical melodic musical masterpieces [Oi! Come off it! Abandon all attempts at absurdly affected alliteration—Editor] from times gone by, times present… and perhaps times yet to come.

This week’s programming on Radio Riel is produced in celebration of the Fifth Birthday of Second Life (SL5B) and can be heard on our Main Stream, It also provides the soundtrack to Caledon’s own SL5B Exhibit: simply press Play on your embedded music player when you visit:

• The illustration shows a contemporary caricature of George Antheil, whose Ballet Mécanique caused a stir in Paris in the 1920s. It called for three xylophones, four bass drums, a tamtam (gong), two pianos, a siren, three aeroplane propellors, seven electric bells, and 16 synchronized player pianos. The technology of the time was not able to do the latter…


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