The Music & The Theory: An Introduction To Your Place In Musical Culture

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Imagine a world without a record player. A world without recording studios, or record labels, a world without even radio to play us the music that we’d like to hear. Imagine such a world. Is that world depressing, or is it empowering? … In such a world, a scant

Sub-culture friendly Gender Playful Marketplace

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UPDATED: Donate now at http://genderplayful.tumblr.com/ to get this off the ground! One of the really wonderful things about Steampunk is that it, more than any other sub-culture, seems to want to teach us things. I have always been very interested in the technology of the 19th Century, it's been a passion

Why I believe in Maker Culture

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Cult of Done #9: People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right. Hi, I'm willow bl00 (aka Willow Brugh), and you'll see me poke my head in here from time to time. I live in Seattle (I think it's the promised land), alongside the likes of

About

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I’m Jake von Slatt, a maker, tinkerer, fabricator, and all around techno dilettante living and creating just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I’m interested in the blending of 19th century aesthetics and technology with the modern world and showcasing projects of that ilk here on SteampunkWorkshop.com. While I eschew the temptation to

Why Live Music? A Serious Question

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Your car stereo. Your computer. Your MP3 player. Your phone. We’ve never had more technology enabling us to listen to music, and that technology has never been more mobile. And with services like iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Bandcamp Last.fm, GrooveShark, et al, we’ve never had more ways of discovering new

The Art of Distortion: Tradition & Reaction in Folk & Punk

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A fiddler tunes. A woman on upright bass stretches her hands. The banjoist adjusts his strap while the mandolinist takes a drink. In this moment before a song, the possibilities of sound are only as limited as the experience and the vision of the artists onstage. From the lineup

Steampunk Stahp! Or the Appropriation of Prada

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Numi Prasarn is an artist, producer, and maker who has cut her teeth on a multitude of mediums and roles in the fashion and photography industries. Obsessed with fashion theory and with creating avenues for people to gain aesthetic control of their lives, Numi has turned to writing in places

Steampunk: Making The Future

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This is an introduction to a multi-part series on Steampunk by Sally Applin (http://www.sally.com). I've been corresponding with Sally off and on for more than five years and we first met at Maker Faire in 2009. I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to her insightful thoughts on Steampunk and the Maker

Steampunk Couture Hot on the Runway (and We’re Not Talking Airships)

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Here at The Steampunk Workshop we are in the process of re-vamping our site to focus more on feature articles rather than short blog posts. In addition We’re seeking writers to help us cover topics that we’re interested in but know little about. Below is the first of those articles from

Writing for The Steampunk Workshop

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UPDATE Nov. 2013 – SPWS is no longer seeking new writers, thank you for your interest!  – Jake.   Steampunk Workshop is looking for articles and writers. We are looking to move away from a short-form blog format and wish to publish more substantive articles relevant to steampunk and