Steampunk

ripley

Well-known member
Yes, also the sound of decayed record grooves - hiss crackle pop.

and the musical saw, of course. the poor man's theremin?
 

tryptych

waiting for a time
ooh that said, on the electronic side, I'd love to see one of those things that sparks across two prongs and makes a nice zzzzapping sound.. what are they called?
You mean a Van de Graaf generator? Or possibly a tesla coil? There are actually musical tesla coils - I have a feeling this has probably been posted already on dissensus but it's so good it deserves another - seems pretty steampunk to me, along the lines of the tesla coils in The Prestige

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=3ff_AXVlo9U

EDIT: Gah! How do you embed youtube clips?

The accompanying text explains:

This is a solid-state Tesla coil. The primary runs at its resonant frequency in the 41 KHz range, and is modulated from the control unit in order to generate the tones you hear.

So just to explain a little further, yes, it is the actual high voltage sparks that are making the noise. Every cycle of the music is a burst of sparks at 41 KHz, triggered by digital circuitry at the end of a "long" piece of fiber optics.

What's not immediately obvious in this video is how loud this is. Many people were covering their ears, dogs were barking. In the sections where the crowd is cheering and the coils is starting and stopping, you can hear the the crowd is drowned out by the coil when it's firing.

This Tesla coil was built and is owned by Steve Ward. Steve is a EE student at U of I Urbana-Champaign. He and Jeff have been going to Teslathons, which is where they met.

It's been suggested that a good name for this coil would be the "Zeusaphone". "Thoremin" has also been mentioned, though personally I think we need Theramin type inputs for that.

To answer a few questions I've received, YES, someone did yell "Play Freebird!" after the first round of music.
 
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ripley

Well-known member
You mean a Van de Graaf generator? Or possibly a tesla coil? There are actually musical tesla coils - I have a feeling this has probably been posted already on dissensus but it's so good it deserves another - seems pretty steampunk to me, along the lines of the tesla coils in The Prestige

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=3ff_AXVlo9U

EDIT: Gah! How do you embed youtube clips?

The accompanying text explains:
Oh Right! I think that's what I was thinking of. wheee!
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
I've just started reading a book called Glass Dreams of The Dream Eaters which seems kinda steampunkish - at least it's set in an alternative victorian type (or probably a little earlier) reality and features masque balls and machines that make people act weird (it seems) as well as the usual parade of prostitutes, assassins and mysterious army regiments. I'm only a hundred pages in (out of about eight hundred) but it's definitely a page turner.

http://www.glassbooks.co.uk/launch.html?
 

reverendmedia

Wild Horses
Hi! First post! :)

In Fritz Lang's Metropolis, the bowels of the city are steam driven (by the looks of things). Not strictly Victorian though I suppose....

More modern examples might include Otomo's Steamboy, and the Steampunk comic (released on Wildstorm's Cliffhanger sub-label), beautifully drawn by Chris Bachalo:



Did a quick google and found the pedant's view on the inclusion of 'punk' in 'steampunk':

"No Retro-Future!"

:rolleyes:

Really like the idea of an Airkraken though!



This amazing too:

 
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IdleRich

IdleRich
I like the idea of this Steampunk business but virtually all the music I can find is awful - just goth or punk (ok, maybe the clue is in the name) dressed up in Victorian clothes and with steampunk lyrics. Can anyone link me to something a bit more interesting than that. The best I've found so far is that Thomas Truax guy but that's not really changing my world.
 

nomos

Administrator
Most of what I know about steampunk comes from Boing Boing where it usually seems to mean repackaging consumer electronics in bulky wood and metal enclosures. Not very steam or punk imo. It's kind of turned me off the rest even though I know that's not fair. Flying Kraken sound good.



Xtina's new "future"-y image looks like a Terry Gilliam drawing of steampunk glued to a poster for Valykyrie :slanted:
 
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Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
Staff member
So after cyberpunk there was steampunk and biopunk, which makes me think: has anyone done 'stonepunk' yet?

Oh, wait a sec...



...never mind.
 
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Mr. Tea

Shub-Niggurath, Please
Staff member
Played this recently - good survival horror game, set in (and beneath) London in 1899. Steampunk with heavy elements of biopunk.

 

john eden

male pale and stale
Andy’s band did good and got him to America a few times. They managed to inject a proletarian point of view into a scene where many preferred gadding about like the lord of the manor.

They are still going and play venues like Islington Academy. I think they are a bit weary of some of the cliches involved with the scene and all have other projects (music, comedy) on the go.
 

sadmanbarty

Well-known member
the victorian aesthetic is gross in general.

its amazing to think that the 1800's was a whole century without a single person producing anything of any artistic merit.
 
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