Today’s featured artist, the Copperfield Ensemble, comes with an event announcement and tour dates. So many good things in one go.
This is how the Ensemble describe themselves:
The Copperfield Ensemble Project is an imagining of Victorian music played today: a cross between Chamber Music and Music Hall, this is Classical music to sing along to.
Born out of an experimental attempt to put the ideas Drustan Durman had bouncing round his head in the summer of 2012 into something he could hear instead of being driven mad by, the experiment continues. With Mel Orriss’ incredible musical ability and The Rev JD’s tweaks and engineering, Drustan’s slightly odd song ideas continue to reach reality in a catchy, breathtaking and completely unpredictable way!
The Copperfield Ensemble will be performing in front of 1500 revellers in the final of The Okehampton Battle of the Bands as part of The Big Party in the Park on 2nd August 2014 – http://www.okehamptonbattleofthebands.org.uk/ before undertaking the first leg of the 2014/15 South West UK tour.
From The Okehampton Times / Battle of the Bands Review:
‘The last heat of the 2014 Okehampton Battle of the Bands crashed its way through the Charter Hall on Wednesday night making it difficult once again for the judges but a great one for the crowd. First Band of the night, and winners of the heat were The Copperfield Ensemble Project. This Okehampton based outfit described themselves as Neo-Victorian Steam Punk and came dressed as the part. A string quartet, amazing vocals and percussion and a hauntingly mesmerizing performance where dark cabaret meets theatre.’
And now for an actual look on what the Copperfield ensemble are like, here is a video of a live performance of ‘Steampunk March No1′:
Today I actually have something substantial to talk about on the podcast: The state of affairs concerning Steampunk in Europe. A lot is happening and has been happening this year, so I can state with some confidence:
Trip to the Moon is an action based sci-fi short film that mixes the charm of the original 1902 film and expands it with a more engaging spin on the story with modern and futuristic technology. Set in an alternate steampunk (Earth) and cyberpunk (Moon) reality, Abraham Lincoln is a televised President who is announcing his trip to the moon to the American people as an historic event for mankind. But is Honest Abe really being honest about his purposes for going there? Will the protestors, including John Wilkes Booth, succeed in their attempts to intervene?
In our story, John Wilkes Booth blames Lincoln for trying to ruin his life by freeing his slaves and interrupting his way of life. Additionally, Booth now sees the further threat of bringing alien life to Earth. Trip to the Moon stays true to the race based fear of the “time period” while adding additional plotlines to the confrontations of John Wilkes Boothe and Abraham Lincoln.
While Lincoln and his associates are on the Moon, things go horribly wrong when the palace of Ruler Zahn, the King of the Moon, is destroyed. He then seeks revenge upon Earth and flies there to kill anyone he can releasing what’s left of his guardians upon the city. Lincoln and his friends must now lead the U.S. armed forces to stop the threat.
Quite a tale and true to the spirit of adventure, alternate history and (weird) science that is at the heart of Steampunk.
Also, Brian has some more details on the film and the project as a whole:
Right, let’s get this thing done, shall we?
Mr. Strange’s minion Gary already contacted me in April and suggested for me to review Mr. Strange’s latest album, The Wonderful World of Weird, which is exactly what I will do now, though it is by far an easy task.
The Wonderful World of Weird is my most difficult music review so far. The tracks cover a wide range of different styles and sounds, often within the same track.
Psychedelic tunes go hand in hand with chilled electronic sounds only to be followed by pure industrial music. This makes for a very unique listening experience, especially, when the distorted lyrics enter your ear.
I found the rapid change of styles also rather confusing, but it compliments the theme and title of the album really well. The Wonderful World of Weird is truly a weird listening experience, particularly on your first encounter with the album. It keeps you on your toes and surprises you with every track. You really do not and cannot really know what to expect next.
I also found some of the music rather disquieting for some reason. Maybe I was half afraid some psycho was about to crawl out off my speakers.
Truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
To sum up:
No track like the other, every new track a surprise and a kaleidoscope of styles used.
If you are into chilly tunes, Steampunk sounds, industrial and psychedelic music,or simply crave something new and unique, The Wonderful World of Weird is definitely an album you should check out.
I also sidled over to the Facebook page and checked out the other creations Reet Neet has to offer, which led to the discovery of this sweet and beautiful little statuette:
Reet Neet has a varied and surprising range of different statuettes featured on Facebook, not only Steampunk and Clockpunk, but other things as well, as you can see. So I strongly suggest you pay them a visit!
A few days ago, I was contacted by the gentleman and artist Jeff Hunt. He pointed me towards the latest video his band, the Jeff Hunt Band, released, since it is Steampunk-themed. I happily share it with you now, please enjoy:
As you may have guessed if you follow this blog and the music reviews in particular, the flavour of Alternative Rock they play is not the kind of music I enjoy, but this obviously not diminish the quality of music the Jeff Hunt Band plays.
I also found the story told in the video and the lyrics of the song very beautiful and touching.
Today’s episode of Minutes at the Edge is all about the weird and wonderful stuff between the starts and the stars themselves.
Especially if the stars in question are weird and wonderful, so please enjoy: