It's a hard life being a musical airship pirate.
You can never tell which to loot first when you land, the instrument dealer or the liquor store.
Thankfully, Abney Park can build their own gear, so there's always more time for rum.
Since their beginning in the early 1990's, Abney Park has grown to be the quintesential spokespeople for the steampunk sub-culture. Talented and well spoken, they've has been touted in print, on the web, and on television (MTV, G4TV, etc.) as the go-to people for all things steampunk.
I had the chance to speak with the captain of this rowdy crew after they returned from their stunning show at DragonCon 2009. With over 30,000 freaks, geeks, and fantasy/sci-fi punks buzzing around Atlanta that weekend, there was quite the story to tell.
Click here to read our Icons of Steampunk interview with Captain Robert of Abney Park
- Current Mood: cheerful
- Current Music:Abney Park - Until the Day I Die
Dirty secrets of The Magician and The Conductor
While exploring one of London's less reputable neighborhoods, I bumped into a Magician and a Conductor who wished to tell me their story.
The Clockwork Quartet (in character) are a band of traveling musicians who entertain the passengers aboard a train that travels back and forth between London and Dover. It is the individual stories of passengers they meet that the Quartet brings to life in song form.
The band features an unusual selection of instruments: Violin & Stroh Violin, Cello, 6 String Banjo & Guitar, Bass Banjo, 5 String Banjo & Piccolo Banjo, Accordion, Oboe & Musical Saw, and two percussionists who use a double kit composed of scrap metal, metronomes, clocks and other found objects. In addition, almost everyone in the band sings at one point or another.
I walked away 50 quid light and I think my pocket watch is missing, but it was worth it to hear what they had to say.
- Current Mood: chipper
- Current Music:Clockwork Quartet - The Watchmaker's Apprentice
Why it's superior: For one, it's unique, and two, well, take a look for yourself!
Hopefully, we will get to see more pictures of it in action.
And here are some fantastic new designs from our own acanthusleaf http://acanthusleaf.livejournal.com/412
- Current Music:"Anita" The Nuns
The Chronophage "hypnotises the watcher with its perpetual motion, punctuated by an extraordinary repertoire of slow blinks, jaw-snaps and stings from its tail," says Dr Taylor.
Thank you, Stephen Hawking, thank you!
EDITED TO ADD: (Oops, I got this from a friend's LJ, didn't realize she'd gotten it from steamfashion)
Why it's superior: A beautiful outfit put together with a high degree of skill, attention to detail, great makeup, a smart hat with clever and witty trimmings, and it's all crammed into one outfit. What's not to love?
I'm also trying to get you ladies and gents to share more awesome costume! So if you've got some links saved on your computers with superior steam in 'em, then share in this poll. If you've got more than one, share it in the comments. I'll make some posts when some have accumulated. It doesn't matter if it's things people have seen before, as long as they haven't been shared in the community. OK? OK.
I belong to steamfashion and it is on my friends list.
If posts made on steamfashion appeared on my friends list from this community shortly after appearing in the former, then
I know of superior steampunk costuming that has not been shared with this community.
Paste the URL for some pretty pictures of steampunk costume below, if you've got one. msmcknittington will make a post shortly sharing it with the community.
This is why it's awesome, in 255 characters or fewer.