Steampunk Classics

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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