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‘Steampunk Music’

  1. * MADemoiselle Veronique’s next Steampunk Perv-ormance @ Pyrate Daze, Santa Ana 8/27 & 28

    August 18, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    “Westways Magazine” published by The Auto Club of America named Pyrate Daze as one of their “5 Worth The Drive” Events for August, 2011. Add to that the perv-ormance of your very own MADemoiselle Veronique Chevalier at 5pm on both Saturday AND Sunday, August 27th & 28th, and vous have NO reason to stay home!

    Also featuring:

    Rillian & The Doxie Chicks

    Zoe Boekbinder

    The Pirates Charles


    Aoha Nui Hula

    Cirque Noir & MORE!!!

    Here is a photo of page 68 of the August 2011 Issue of “Westways”:

    Here is the promo video. (Try not to blink or vous won’t see my picture, jumbled in with other unnamed persons, at the very end. :-/ But, I shall “LIKE” it, since there is no such thing as bad publicity! 🙂

    I hope to see my ‘fiends’ & fan(g)s in the Southern Califor Nation there!


  2. * The Clockwork Cabaret, and Davenport & Winkleperry: Steampunk-run Radio & Cafe

    June 14, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier


    Yes, Virginia, there really is a show devoted exclusively to that elusive ODD-itory genre known as “Steampunk Music.”

    To paraphrase some of the verbiage from their website says:

    The Clockwork Cabaret is a weekly radio show hosted by the darling Davenport sisters, Emmett & Klaude, on WCOM 103.5 FM-LP in Chapel Hill/Carrboro, NC, every Monday at 11pm. And, you can call in to the show via the telephone at 919.929.9601.

    The sisters play the “Music o’ Gears” for Steampunk ears, an anachronistic style of music that will make you long for the days gone by. A wide assortment of jazz, blues, goth, folk, swing, gypsy punk, dark cabaret, classical and other related genres.”

    (I might add that they have even had the excellent taste to play “Vampire Surprise,” by MADemoiselle Veronique on their Halloween Programme, entitled “Episode 92: Screaming Banshees of Halloween (aka It’s Spooktacular).”

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    What’s more, in addition to the aforementioned wireless transmission, there is also a family business involved, Davenport & Winkleperry: Purveyors of Fine Art, Coffee, Tea & What-not

    Imagine a space filled with art, coffee, books, live music and an in-house seamstress. Impossible? Located in quaint downtown Pittsboro, North Carolina, Davenport & Winkleperry, is a gallery and coffeehouse that offers all those extraordinary things along with other amusing oddities for your purchase, most with a hint of the Victorian aesthetic.

    Address: 18A East Salisbury Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312
    Phone: 919-533-6178


  3. * What Is “Steampunk Music?” Op-Ed by Veronique Chevalier

    May 20, 2011 by Veronique Chevalier

    There seem to be more and more debates floating through the aethers on the subject of “Steampunk Music,” so I wrote this piece from the viewpoint that I have as an artiste. Although I have performed at numerous Steampunk events, and shall continue to do so as long as the invitations keep coming my way, I don’t call myself a “Steampunk” artiste, per say.

    I prefer the word “artiste” without any descriptors, because I create to please myself, and I appear at non-Steampunk events (Cabarets/Music Halls/Gay Venues/Burlesque Rooms) as well. I do feel very privileged and honoured that many fine folk in the community appreciate my special brand of ODDitory MADemoiselle-ness.

    However, I know that people new to the Steampunk community, as well as long-time adherents, yearn for more musical choices, so that they might have a soundtrack, as it were, to complement the aesthetics and spirit that drew them to the community initially.

    In the spirit of inclusiveness, I’d like to share a couple of invaluable resources for Steampunk-ish music. Incidentally, there is no universal agreement about what constitutes “Steampunk” music, since it commenced as a literary and aesthetic movement. However, it does seem to follow that numerous music artistes enjoyed by many Steampunks (and in whose ranks I am honoured to be included) are congregated in the following two websites:

    The world’s only artist collective, founded by Joshua A. Pfeiffer of Vernian Process & Evelyn Kriete, focused on musician’s combining old world aesthetics and sounds with current genres of music. Steampunk/Cabaret/Swing/Ragtime/Gypsy-Punk/Darkwave/etc.

    Founded by Jordan Bodewell, “Sepiachord is the “genre that doesn’t exist”. It is to music what “Steampunk” is to literature and cinema: something that looks back to the past to comment on the present while looking sideways at the future. A cubist aural experience. As goth & glam are the bastards of David Bowie, Sepiachord is the made from the genetic material sown by Tom Waits.

    Sepiachord is assembled like a clockwork orchestra, from such elements of music Sinister Circus, Cabaret Macabre, Chamber Pop, Organic Goth, Celtic/Gypsy Punk, Mutant Americana, Ghost Town Country It is the music our grandparents or great-grandparents would have listened to, if they were as off-set as we are.”

    A Sepiachord Passport” released under the Projekt Records imprint, is a compilation with a generous selection of 20 tracks by as many artistes, and is an excellent way to dip one’s toe into the Steampunk Music pool. It may be ordered from the Projekt website: