- Steampunk, as a music style, was very broadly defined, as Caroline Sullivan says in The Guardian: "Internet debates rage about exactly what constitutes the steampunk sound." Abney Park’s lead singer, Robert Brown, very loosely defined it as, "mixing Victorian elements and modern elements."
- Those of us here at Altopedia, saw a huge rise in Steampunk after the Cyber explosion of the 1990s, almost as though Steampunk was a reaction against Cyber, in a similar way to Punk reacting against the Hippie movement.
- Joshua Pfeiffer (of Vernian Process) is quoted as saying, “As for Paul Roland, if anyone deserves credit for spearheading Steampunk music, it is him. He was one of the inspirations I had in starting my project. He was writing songs about the first attempt at manned flight, and an Edwardian airship raid in the mid-80’s long before almost anyone else…”. Thomas Dolby is also considered one of the early pioneers of retro-futurist (i.e., steampunk and dieselpunk) music. Amanda Palmer was once quoted as saying, "Thomas Dolby is to Steampunk what Iggy Pop was to Punk!"
- In 2012, Thomas Dolby headlined the first "Steamstock" outdoor steampunk music festival in Richmond, California, alongside Steampunk favorites Abney Park, Frenchy and the Punk, Lee Presson and the Nails, Vernian Process, and others.
- Since there is little consensus on the sound steampunk music should take, there is a broad range of musical styles and interpretations among steampunk musical acts, from Industrial dance and World Music to Folk, Punk cabaret to straightforward Punk, Carnatic to Industrial, Hip Hop to Opera (and even industrial Hip Hop Opera), Darkwave to Progressive Rock, Barbershop to Big Band.
None genre bands
- There has been signs of Steampunk vibes making appearances in the work of musicians who wouldn't generally identify themselves that way.
- The music video of "Turn Me On", by David Guetta and featuring Nicki Minaj, takes place in a steampunk universe where Guetta creates human droids.
- The album Clockwork Angels (2012) and its supporting tour by Progressive Rock band Rush contain lyrical themes, and imagery that have a Steampunk feel.
- Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy literature and art that commonly features some aspect of steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has maintained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Steampunk perhaps most recognisably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, Stephen Hunt and China Miéville. Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analogue computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.
- Steampunk may also incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasy, horror, historical fiction, alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction, making it often a hybrid genre. The term steampunk's first known appearance was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created even as far back as the 1950s or 1960s.
- Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures, that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century. Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.
T.V. and Movies
- In 1965, there was a T.V. series The Wild Wild West, as well as the 1999, Will Smith film, that featured many elements of advanced steam-powered technology set in the Wild West time period of the USA.
- The 1979 movie Time After Time has Herbert George "H.G." Wells following a surgeon named John Leslie Stevenson into the future, as John is suspected of being Jack the Ripper. Both use Wells' time machine separately to travel.
- 1982 saw the USA TV series Q.E.D., set in Edwardian England, starring Sam Waterston as Professor Quentin Everett Deverill (the series title is the character's initials, as well as the Latin phrase quod erat demonstrandum, which translates as "which was to be demonstrated"). The Professor was an inventor and scientific detective, in the mold of Sherlock Holmes. In the show, the lead character was known primarily by his initials, Q.E.D.
- In 1986, there was the Japanese film by Hayao Miyazaki "Castle in the Sky", this was heavily influenced by steampunk culture, featuring various air ships and steam-powered contraptions as well as the story line centering around a mysterious island which floats through the sky. This is accomplished not through magic as most stories would resort to but instead relies on massive propellers as is fitting for the Victorian motif.
- The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., a Fox Network 1993 TV science fiction-western set in the 1890s, featured elements of steampunk as represented by the character Professor Wickwire, whose inventions were described as "the coming thing".
- In 1995, there was a short lived TV show Legend on UPN, set in 1876 Arizona, which featured such classic inventions as a steam-driven "quadrovelocipede" and night-vision goggles, it starred John de Lancie as a thinly disguised Nicola Tesla. Alan Moore's and Kevin O'Neill's 1999 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen graphic novel series (and the subsequent 2003 film adaption) greatly popularised the steampunk genre.
- In 2007, the Syfy miniseries Tin Man incorporated a considerable amount of steampunk-inspired themes into a re-imagining of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
- The Syfy series Warehouse 13 (which premiered July 7, 2009) features many steampunk-inspired objects and artifacts, including computer designs created by steampunk artisan Richard Nagy, aka "Datamancer".
- The hugely obvious one should be, the BBC TV series Doctor Who (which premiered in 1963), it also takes steampunk elements. During season 14 of the show (in 1976), the formerly futuristic looking interior set was replaced with a Victorian-styled wood panel and brass affair. The 1996 American co-production, saw the TARDIS interior was re-designed to resemble an almost Victorian library with the central control console made up of eclectic and anachronistic objects. Then modified and streamlined for the 2005 revival of the series, the TARDIS console continued to incorporate steampunk elements, including a Victorian typewriter and gramophone. Several storylines can be classed as steampunk, for example: "The Evil of the Daleks" (1966), wherein Victorian scientists invent a time travel device.
- Steampunk has begun to attract notice from "mainstream" American sources as well. For example, the episode of the TV series Castle entitled "Punked" (which aired on October 11, 2010) prominently featured the steampunk subculture and used Los Angeles-area steampunks (such as the League of STEAM) as extras.
- Syfy channel's 2013 series Robot Combat League features one robot named "Steampunk", which looks much like a giant brass boiler with pressure gauges for eyes.
- The Record Keeper, a 2014 film, sets good and evil angels in a steampunk environment
- Steampunk even shows up in computer games, a number of video games have used Steampunk settings;-
- The Chaos Engine is a run and gun video game inspired by the Gibson/Sterling novel The Difference Engine (1990), set in a Victorian steampunk age. Developed by the Bitmap Brothers, it was first released on the Amiga in 1993; a sequel was released in 1996.
- Other steampunk-styled video games include the first-person shooter BioShock Infinite (2013), the Dishonored (2012) stealth game, the role-playing games Final Fantasy VI (1994), Final Fantasy IX (2000), Dark Chronicle (2002) and the late Middle Ages/Victorian age styled Thief series (1998). The graphic adventure puzzle video games Myst (1993), Riven (1997), and Myst III: Exile (2001) (all produced by Cyan Worlds) take place in an alternate steampunk universe, where elaborate infrastructures have been built to run on steam power. Many steampunk themes can be found within World of Warcraft particularly the 'Gnome' race within the game. Many of the items which can be created via the Engineering profession are of a steampunk nature and also named in a similar fashion.