View Full Version : A Steampunk CD Player. Digital audio in the Victorian Age.

02-18-2009, 01:19 AM
Ever since I discovered Steampunk, I've held a kind of fascination of the idea: advanced steam-powered devices in the Victorian Age in Fiction.

Turns out there's a whole subculture of people who make their own Steampunk inventions.

This one is the most interesting (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3ym3KlJ_BE). It's a CD player installed inside a Victorian-Age style cabinet, complete with working controls. It's called Professor Emilio Zuntaras's Bi-Orbital Spectral Audiometer.

Here are more pictures (http://www.brassgoggles.co.uk/bg-forum/index.php?topic=7112.0), and a little about how the guy made it.

Interesting stuff. If I had the time and materials, I'd love to make stuff like this.

02-18-2009, 01:39 AM
If you had the time and materials, there's a market for such stuff. Some of it's just magnificent, isn't it? And expensive.

Thanks for the link!

02-18-2009, 01:43 AM
I've seen photos of steampunk computers, with keyboards that look like old typewriter or cash register keys and ornately framed monitors.

02-18-2009, 01:58 AM
This is beautiful work, just beautiful. The spigot for volume control is a lovely touch.

02-18-2009, 05:37 AM
What's steam punk?

02-18-2009, 04:53 PM
Steampunk is a form of SF that asks the question, "If the Victorians/Edwardians could have created similar technology to what exists now, how would they have done it? How would they, for example, have gone to the moon?" So you get many fantastical machines and devices powered by steam, or clockwork mechanics. It's a world populated by genius inventors, and men interested in world domination. HG Wells and Jules Verne were ostensibly writing Steampunk, though at the time it was just Science Fiction. The movement actually started in the 70s. It was a literary movement, but it has become also an aesthetic one. Films like "Wild Wild West", "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman" (though neither particularly good films) have Steampunk elements. Whenever you see a fantastical machine appear in an oldy timey movie, that's, for want of a better definition, Steampunk.

It's a really fun genre, but also just looks plain gorgeous. These days people have fun turning modern objects Steampunk (kind of a reverse Steampunk I guess) by making keyboards to computers out of brass, or cellphones that look held together by bolts etc. Check out this guy and his designs: http://vladislausdantes.deviantart.com/