April's Aether Salon brought Miss Emilly Orr to New Babbage to discuss Steampunk music - "Steamwave," in her term. Miss Orr's blog has long discussed Steampunk music, among many topics, both Second Life-related and related to her excursions around the Aetherwebs.
Miss Orr spoke broadly of Steamwave, describing it, in part, as "mak[ing] art that is fiercely individual." She pointed to a group, Steam Powered Giraffe, as a prototypical Steamwave band. Later, she observed that the kind of music that fell into the category was fluid, including musicians who incorporated rap into their songs, such as Professor Elemental, Mr. B, the Gentleman Rhymer, and the Desert Rose Theatre (in their takeoff of "Baby Got Back," entitled "Lady Has Bustle").
Unfortunately, about three-quarter of the way through Miss Orr's talk, I fell into a swoon - too much absinthe too early in the day, I fear - and missed the end. [Or the typist opened one program too far and Firestorm crashed. Take your pick.] Nonetheless, the entire talk is available at the Aetheric site of the Aether Salon.
Baron Klaus Wulfenbach with Miss Orr
Some of the attendees. Though the Salon looks sparsely populated in these pictures, at one point the two Babbage sims had 29 residents, all at the Salon.