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Post  Prof_Auerbach on Sat Sep 27, 2008 12:36 am

Attack of the Steampunks! Look out!

A few days ago, I was enjoying some hearty ales and was inspired to pen my free-associating thoughts to paper. Although I don't consider myself much of a performer, I decided to do a little audio experimentation. My final equation: Steam + Cogs + Rap = Scrap!
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Post  Dax on Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:03 pm

This will be a true test of the genre. If steampunk can survive rap music, then it is indeed here to stay.
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Post  B. R. Wilson on Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:14 pm

I will break with the common vernacular of this forum to state:

I dig it.
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Post  Sir A Poiselamppe on Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:15 pm

*grin*

I do believe we have an anthem..... now we need the flag and we can declare independence.
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Post  B. R. Wilson on Sat Sep 27, 2008 10:27 pm

Sir A Poiselamppe wrote:*grin*

I do believe we have an anthem..... now we need the flag and we can declare independence.

I propose a brown flag with a golden clock gear embroidered on it, if we're to be stereotypical. If we are not to be so...I suppose the options are limitless.
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Post  Tanuki on Sat Sep 27, 2008 11:00 pm

Sir, I must humbly request a collaborative effort between the two of us. This is quite an excellent track.
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Post  von Corax on Sun Sep 28, 2008 2:10 am

I'm generally not a fan of rap, but I suspect it's the content rather than the format – I quite liked that! (I shall have to listen again through better speakers, though...)

A sidenote: I understand that the term "rapper" was once used among Usanian railwaymen to refer to a steam locomotive driver witth a reputation for driving his engine (and often also his fireman) to the limits of its capability. Perhaps that's something with which the lyricists can play?


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Post  Prof. George of Chaos on Sun Sep 28, 2008 2:12 am

That's fuuuun. Very Happy
Though I must admit that partway through I found myself remebering the Pepermint Nasty Eels rap from The Mighty Boosh.

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Post  Lady Penelope on Sun Sep 28, 2008 7:38 am

Normally, I would spell "rap" with the initial letter "C." Razz

However, I think I could be persuaded to listen to this one again. Repeatedly, even. Laughing
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Post  Prof_Auerbach on Sun Sep 28, 2008 10:31 am

Wow, right on you guys, thank you very much! Your positive feedback has given me the courage to put the song up elsewhere...something I'm normally too shy to do. I'm really glad that you enjoy the track. It's a pretty loose take. The levels are a bit wonky and the vocals need to be tightened up. It needs some audio engineering polish.

Honestly, I don't usually do rap either...but I was kind of fuming at all the garbage floating around the pond of late about steampunk being dead, or humbug or douchebag...so I wanted to write something aggressive that reaffirmed my commitment to the aesthetic. To hell with those faceless fool keyboard commandos. Steampunk is fubu.

I pulled a switcheroo, replacing the first posted mp3 (that I did in a dorky character voice) with the vocals from a dry run, so don't be surprised if someone who's heard the other version replies with "What the hell are you guys talking about!? That was the stupidest thing I've ever heard!"
After hearing that other version with sober ears, it was certainly the stupidest thing I'd ever heard. I guess it's better to just be myself.

Yo Tankukisan...yeah! We should collaborate! I'm practically your neighbor, after all. I normally play bass and percussion. I have Acid (I think V.3), Cubase and soundforge...plus two decent mics, and a 2-channel tascam digital recorder. I was thinking of hooking the tascam to my laptop and recording some industrial beats played directly on the iron pipes at the gasworks sometime. Could be a whole new approach (albeit an old technique).
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Re: My Steam Rap

Post  Shim Sham on Sun Sep 28, 2008 2:59 pm

Now listen to Prof. Auerbach's track while watching THIS footage:


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Post  Mrs. Sullivan on Sun Sep 28, 2008 3:16 pm

Professor Auerbach, that is simply brilliant! Well done, Sir, well done!

I can just picture a group of Steampunks taking over the dance floor at the local club and doing the Charleston to your rap. Thrilling! alien

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Post  BaronPablo on Mon Sep 29, 2008 10:55 am

I do Victorian themed rap all the time, we should form some sort of coalition of Steam'd rappers and release an album! Cool

Oh, here's some lighter yet dandy rap:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3iLYxt8HtQ

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Post  Dusza Beben on Mon Sep 29, 2008 11:10 am

Positively spiffing yo!
I love the little ragtime refrain.

The other is splendid tooQ

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Post  Tanuki on Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:42 pm

BaronPablo wrote:I do Victorian themed rap all the time, we should form some sort of coalition of Steam'd rappers and release an album! Cool

Oh, here's some lighter yet dandy rap:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3iLYxt8HtQ

It seems we're growing in number quickly. It's like Isla Nublar in the SteamRap game!
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Post  Gazongola on Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:26 am

Industrially sporting of you guy! One feels that these tunes are hopping. Keep up the good work wont you?
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Post  Master Murdoch on Wed Oct 01, 2008 4:23 am

I want a copy to play to my friends from such sources as a phone or an MP3 player.
Would it be possible for you to creat a source for the download?

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Post  The V.A.P. on Wed Oct 01, 2008 5:09 am

Can I have lyrics so I can rap this to confuse those around me, while spreading the word of the upcoming steam revolution?
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Post  Prof_Auerbach on Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:30 am

Thanks Master Murdoch,
Honestly, I've never downloaded a song to my phone from the internet...I just bluetooth mp3s directly from my laptop. If you have any suggestions for sites that host mp3s for downloading to phones, I'll be happy to upload it for you.

V.A.P, Sure!
Attack of the Steampunks

Youíre all familiar with the style that they call Steam-punk
Now feel the fever for the flavor with a dose of funk
Built of brass, cast iron and some bits of junk
And held together with the words I wrote when I got drunk
Why am I here pontificating on the audio phone?
I'm sendiní my seditious signal to you from the Outer Zone
Beaminí megawatts of power through the aether round the clock
Iím a madman with a mic known as Professor Auerbach

When you hear the steam whistle
Fire the main missile
Iím serving up the meat
Not the skin, bone or gristle
Beating the opposition
Like a hammer on an anvil
Conquering the culture
Like a visionary vandal

(chorus)
Buckle up your boots and adjust your brass goggles
Check the meter, pull the lever, activate the power toggles
Hold your head up high, let your flag unfurl
The steam-pressure-powered-punks are takiní over the world

Listen up, Sky Commander with your pirate crew
Up in your airship, floating in the boundless blue,
If youíre a mad scientist in your labíratory
Put your experiment down, hear my oratory
All you lovely ladies in Victorian frocks
And all you dapper gentlemen with garters holdiní up your socks
Archeologists exploring deep in jungles and tombs
And the gadget buildiní Tinkers, makiní rayguns in your rooms
Friends, Romans, countrymen lend me your ears
Let the lyrics of my message start spinniní your gears
The world is ready for the taking by a different breed
So come about and bring the engines up to ramming speed

When you hear the steam whistle
Fire the main missile
Sharpen up your cutlass
Load the ammo in your pistol
Beat the opposition
Like a hammer on an anvil
Dominate the culture
Like a visionary vandal

(chorus)

Clawing to the summit with fecund imagination
Takiní the fight back to the critics with our elocution
Our arsenal is bristling with the weapons of mass creation
Our fortress-factories produce phenomenal fabrication
Pulsing with the power of intelligent invention
Stoke the fire in your belly, spur your mind to action
The product of your labor demonstrates your strength and power
Intensify your effort with a renewed sense of vigor
We are Builders, the Makers, the Artists and Creators
Our brains are hyperactive clever concept generators
Cultivate your talent, shape the world the way you want it
Donít waste the gifts youíre given, since youíve got it, you should flaunt it

When you hear the steam whistle
Fire the main missile
Sharpen up your cutlass
Load the ammo in your pistol
Beat the opposition
Like a hammer on an anvil
Dominate with culture
Like a visionary vandal

(chorus)
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Post  The V.A.P. on Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:52 am

Thanks! I managed to get most of that, but that is really helpful. I normally am fervently against rap...but this is brilliant.

Oh yeah, is there a way I can get this on my iTunes? (I am not good with computers.)
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Post  von Corax on Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:11 am

The V.A.P. wrote:
Oh yeah, is there a way I can get this on my iTunes? (I am not good with computers.)
Control-click (on Mac) or right-click (on Windows) on the link in the first post, then select "Save target as..." from the popup menu to save the .mp3 to your hard drive. Then launch iTunes and select "File->Add to Library..." to import it. (I think you'll end up with two copies of the file – one in iTunes' "Music" folder and the original copy you downloaded.)

Hope that helps,

D. P. von Corax

EDIT: It took me a while to find it after I imported it – it shows up as "Steamrap" by Guy G.

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Post  The V.A.P. on Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:31 am

That was embarrasingly easy.
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Post  blackrider23 on Wed Oct 01, 2008 6:00 pm

Mrs. Sullivan wrote:PI can just picture a group of Steampunks taking over the dance floor at the local club and doing the Charleston to your rap. Thrilling! alien
It has happened before Smile


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Post  Master Murdoch on Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:19 pm

I managed to find a copy randomly on the Eathernet after googling it, http://musicvsmusic.blogspot.com/2008/09/free-download-steampunk-rap-song.html
For some reason my college computers let my download music straight from most internet based players.
So i now have a copy to play to my friends, which i have done, and you have been complimented greatly for your lyrical prowes, and also i think for the music mixing.

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Post  Steamblast Mary on Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:13 pm

Prof Auerbach, when my finance-raising-atron is completed, you're down to receive the funding to create the video to compliment this (directed by Moog, perhaps?). In the meantime, please accept this OBE for Services for the Cause.


"Our brains are hyperactive clever concept generators"

My favourite line. Besides the chorus. And the verses. Hell, it's all my favourite.

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