Steampunk music itself embraces a pretty wide range of musical tropes and sounds that can all be considered within the genre. But there’s definitely some music that fits in the retrofuturistic music scene that doesn’t quite fit in to Steampunk. Calling it Steampunk music seems to be simply a lack of a better term to describe the creation.
And now, we have a term that encompasses all of these different musical branches into one large, umbrella term dubbed Victrolacore by Jonathan Hagey, the Kingpin of Kingpinchic.com. In an interesting article entitled Victrolacore: Satirical Music for the Sartorical Gentleman, he describes this new genre like this:
The key elements of this branch of the punk bush are the reuse of previous cultural expressions now considered quaint and old-fashioned. Samples taken from recordings of the 20s and 30s; use of antiquated instruments like the banjolele or the harmonium and lyrics peppered with out-of-date colloquialisms are commonly combined with a modern musical approach, like hip hop or industrial structures and then viewed through the gin-soaked lens of satire.
Think Mr. B, Professor Elemental, and the now retired Doctor Steel as prime examples of this musical branch. You can check out the entire article here.
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