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Steaming In the New Year

Happy New Year Steampunks, Gypsy Punks, Circus Freaks and all you in between or out where ever you are!

I had a great New Years! Not as bombastic as last year, but this year was cozy with chocolate, friendly cuddles  and champagne.  Much can be said for a quiet night after a chaotic year.  To be able to take a breather at the end and just chill out was very nice.

Okay now to the Steamy Business At Hand: Entertainment Around The World!

In Long Beach, California we have:

Her Royal Majesty’s Steampunk Symposium (A Steampunk Convention) Jan 11th-13th

Literary Talent that will be there: HRMSS

OM Grey

David Lee Summers

Girl Genius

Musical Talent:

Lee Presson and the Nails

Unwoman

Cirque Noir and others

This looks like a well put together event!  If I were in California this weekend I would totally be at the Symposium.  For more information check out their great website at http://www.hrmsteam.com/.

In Dallas, Texas we have:

The PANCAKES & BOOZE Art Show Jan 11th @ 8pm-2am

PANCAKES & BOOZE

PANCAKES & BOOZE

This simply looks fabulous!  If you have an artistic bent this is the place for you.  Full nude body painting, all styles of artists, pancakes and booze.  How much for tickets? $5.  Yes sir and ma’am $5.  Wait that’s not all, live DJ’s too.

If you are an artists it is not too late to submit your work for this show.  I highly suggest it.  Check out this video for a better idea of the vibes from this wonderful event.

In New Haven, Connecticut:

Mad Hatter Productions Presents: LET’S GET MAD! At Afterlife.  Jan 11th midnight-6amlet's get mad

Not for the faint of heart my Electronica friends.  This music is dirty, chopped and acid washed.

There will be a blacklight booth where you can get painted up and glowy-fan-tastic for the night!

$20 at the door

Now we are changing gears. Let’s strip of the Neon Fishnets and your glow sticks.  Put the Ravers to bed, and bring out the leather armaments, fox fur tails and your tankards.

In Frankenmuth, Michigan we have:

The 7th Annual Renaissance Masqued Dinner and Ball Sat Jan 12 3pm-midnight

The entrance fee is only $5! Man I’m lovin’ the prices for all these events!  *ahem*

The fair folk of Frankenmuth will be holding a costume competition, and the face of the renaissance mask contest. (Sounds like a lot of fun! and it’s kid friendly too.)

Also all proceeds will go to the Rescue Foundation.  A good cause, a good time sounds like a win if you are in Michigan this weekend.

Alright, I can’t tell a lie…if I had my pick of all the things to do this weekend (barring travel issues) I would be going to this next event.  Oh My God would I be going to this event.

Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton Oval, Brixton, London, UK

Drunken Balordi + DJ Sacha Dieu Jan 12th 8pm to midnight

Gypsy Punk

Gypsy Punk

This is a fusion of traditional Gypsy, Punk and Rock beats with a contemporary twist.  In terms that I prefer: Gypsy Punk.

I am a SUCKER for Gypsy Punk music.  Eugene Hutz from Gogol Bordello is my hero.  I want his autograph…and an hour of his time.

But for our purposes here we’ve got DJ Sacha Dieu spinning our Gypsy fused beats.  He’s pretty awesome, check his stuff out at SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/sachadieu

Yet again only £5 to get in the door!

A good line up to start off the new year!  I hope that wherever you are you are having a steamy good time!

So what event will I be going to?

I will be in Ft Worth, Texas hacking portals in Ingress…yes dear Messers and Madams that lovely game by Google.

Don’t know what it is?  No worries, here you go: http://www.ingress.com/

Ingress

 
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Posted by on 9 January 2013 in Circus, Clubs, Fun, Holiday, Music, Parties, steampunk

 

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Steampunk: What lurks in the dark?

This past week photos were released of the abandoned subway in New York.  I

New York Subway

found the pictures on Huffington Post rather inspiring as a writer, so I wanted to share.

There was something reminiscent of Steampunk. The whole affair got my grey matter’s cogs turning.  Wouldn’t it be neat to see what other subterranean areas there are lurking beneath our heels?

If you are a fan of Steampunk fiction you are already aware that there is usually a tone of slight creepy abandonment that lies somewhere within most novels.  Thus abandoned subterranean exploration is making its début on The Top Hat Exchange.

New York Subway Tunnel

Apparently the world is riddled with underground abandonment, living tunnels, roads and workstations that look like they have jumped right out of the pages of epic Science Fiction.

I narrowed my results to the following:

Budapest, Hungary

Caves and tunnels run the gamut under Castle Hill.  Word is the

Budapest Tunnels

labyrinth dates back several centuries and it was created for military use.

Civilians used them for shelter during WWII.  Now tourists and visitors can visit the breath-taking tunnels.

If you are a glutton for the creepy you can take a flashlight tour  (I shudder to think how frightening that would be).

OR you can take a fully lit tour.  I would personally opt for this.  Hey, if I’m going to visit century old caverns I want to see what it is I’m paying for.

Now the next stop on the subterranean tour is for all you Gothic kids out there.

London, England

West Norwood Cemetery has tunnels full of coffins stuffed into crevices, man-made shelves, and simply laying out on the ground.  Exploring the deteriorating pine coffins and sturdy mahogany resting places of the dead might appeal to many out there, I think I will pass.

The spectre of ghosts and goblins still scare the wits out of this writer.

Moving on to the Magic Kingdom

Orlando, FL, USA

That is correct, the Magic Kingdom has a whole system of underground tunnels that their employees use.  Not only do Disney employees walk through the passages connecting kitchens, dining areas, and offices but the tunnels are large enough for motorized vehicles.

So as your little girl poses next to Cinderella for a Kodak moment, somewhere beneath your Birkenstocks lurks a truck creeping through the underground tunnels delivering  chicken the Disney cooks will prepare for your lunch or dinner.

Pembrokeshire, Wales

Real life Hobbit House anyone? Yes please.  This fantastical home has fresh

Welsh Hobbit Home

water running into it (by gravity only) from a nearby spring and all the materials are local.  The exception is the plumbing.  Recycled materials were saved from the bin for that…seriously.  I love this house and the minds that put it together from renewable and recyclable materials.

Tokyo, Japan

Japanese researcher Shun Akiba found an old map of the Tokyo tunnel system.

Japanese Spaces

The old map did not match the current maps.  As he researched further more and more inconsistencies were found.  It all points to hidden spaces underground.  Sounds like the beginning of a novel doesn’t it?  Well the Japanese government denies any hidden underground spaces.  But check out these pictures of acknowledged Japanese subterranean spaces.

Subterranean Japan

There are many, many more subterranean wonders around the world.  I could easily ramble on but I will refrain.

I mention these because I found these particular  wonders awe inspiring as an on-looker and as a writer.

Anything that sparks my imagination is (of course) interesting to me and deserves more research.

As much as I find all these wonders awe inspiring there is something almost suffocating about them.  C’mon it’s all underground! I could be buried alive!

If you would like to explore under the earth further please follow the links below for more eerie underground wonder.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/10/the-hidden-abandoned-city_n_781669.html#s179141

http://weburbanist.com/2007/10/15/7-more-underground-wonders-of-the-world-lost-caverns-and-cities/

http://weburbanist.com/2007/09/30/7-underground-wonders-of-the-world-labyrinths-crypts-and-catacombs/

All photos used are from the above websites.

 

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Steampunk Music: Vernian Process

Vernian Process is one of the first groups to declare themselves a Steampunk band in 2003.  Vernian Process is an unrepentant fusion of Darkwave, Progressive, and Neo-Classical styles.

In laymen terms their sound is an unabashed Industrial answer to Steampunk music.  That being said some pieces are incredibly melodic that take you on a soaring flight into the aether, but they are in the minority.

The song Into the Shadows stands out with tolling bells, dripping water, and creaking steps.  The imagery is dark.  It’s music conjures up places where goggles are strapped tightly to the face of the wearer to fight off the London fog, and The Curse of Whitechapel is just a step behind.

Their strength lies in the use of Steampunk sound.  Hammers on anvils, tolling bells, grinding gears, creaking steps, crackling fire, and the tick-tock of clocks convey a wonderful image.  The listener is undeniably transported to a place where Steam and Dieselpunk meet.

Members include:

Joshua A. Pfeiffer: Vocals, Songwriting

Martin Irigoyen: Guitar, Songwriting, SFX

Janus Zarate: Bass Guitar

Free Fargo: Drums

Brian Figueroa: Keyboard, Guitar

Kyle Thomas: Keyboard, Accordion

Erica Mulkey: Live Guest, Cello

 

If their band name leaves you scratching your head, scratch no longer. It was inspired by the 19th century writer Jules Verne (whom every Steampunk aficionado has much love for).

If you find yourself in California the weekend of May 7th, you can see them at Gaslight Gathering, the very first Southern California Steampunk Convention in San Diego.

Check them out at: www.vernianprocess.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/VernianProcess

 

 
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Posted by on 13 February 2011 in Music, steampunk, Summary, Victorian

 

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