Steampunk. What the f*** is it? According to Dictionary.com Steam punk is a genre of science fiction set in Victorian times when steam was the main source of machine power. Sure, simple enough, but how come people are using this term in ways that were never intended?
“Did you see that guy's computer?”
“Yea he totally Steampunked it out!”
What about those people who run around wearing period costumes saying they are “Steampunks”? Well, this report will bring you the answers and will steampunk your face off. Promise.
It is probably safe to say that Steampunk as a genre was invented byand Bruce Sterling when they penned the book The Difference Engine. This book features steampowered drag-racers, clockwork computer mechanisms and bizarre androids of brass. Nowadays, steampunk has catapulted itself into mainstream media in games like 2k Games' Bioshock series, movies like Sherlock Holmes and a plethora of books.
Hailing from Chapelhill-Carrboro, North Carolina, two young ladies have stepped forward to carry the steampunk torch – Klaude and Emmett Davenport. The Sisters Davenport are musically redefining a genre of life previously dominated by gothic overtones with playful vibes of intrigue. Their show, The Clockwork Cabaret, showcases a wide variety of music from eclectic artists. The sisters also host a fabulous bash called the Clockwork Ball.
But these aren't the only hands propogating retro subcultures! A number of musical artists, who they've been tasked to display, fill the airwaves with the sounds of grinding gears, spilling oil and crackling phonographs. Such artists are The Vernian Process, Max Raabe and the Palast Orchester, Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer and The Slow Poisoner. Beat Circus andto name a couple others.
And when the Sisters cannot be there, there is always the Ning.com steampunk networking site, The Steam Punk Empire. This site connects Steam-Punkers with other Steam-Punkers. They can make groups and visit venues of other steam-punkers. This site was created from the Ning.com Social Networking Tool, by Hephzibah Marsh.
And are you getting tired of that same old futuristic computer? Well check out ways to build one at the Steampunk Workshop. They also have great ideas for making steampunk etchings and even a steampunk motorcycle. If that's not awesome, I don't know what is.
There is a variety of ways to get into Steampunk and the Davenport Sisters and The Steampunk Empire are only a couple. I'll have to throw up some info about others another time.
For now you can look up the Davenport Sisters for free on the Itunes Store! Just search Clockwork Cabaret under podcasts!
I decided to do this report because my article about the The Davenport Sisters, was found to be fallacious in my naming of Bruce Sterling and William Gibson as the originators of the genre.So I struck the board and