You must hear this!
I can't believe that so many young people I run into have never heard of Harry Partch. He is the ultimate DIY-er and Steampunker. He invented a 40+ tones-to-the-octave scale (based on human speech) and then built a bizarrely beautiful orchestra of instruments to play his music. Barstow (track 4) is especially brilliant. The text is hitchhiker graffiti. While I often find spoken text very hard to ingest, Partch finds a way to make every word discernible and important. I have listened to Barstow and The Letter hundreds of times and they just get fresher and fresher.