Nerd music (or geek music) is the overall category of music collecting the musical genres that grew from nerd culture; different styles that share the same common ground. The earliest example was filk music, from the 1950s onwards, played by fans at science fiction conventions. Towards the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century, other styles of music developed. Factors that made this possible were the increasing affordability of equipment, the growth of the internet and the increase in the nerd/geek demographic.
- Bitpop: A subgenre of chiptune, mixing sound chips with traditional instruments.
- Bubblegum dance: A genre which is characterised by cute childish sound, naive lyrics and sweet vocals.
- Chiptune: Synthesized electronic music produced by the sound chips of vintage computers, video game consoles, and arcade machines.
- Complextro: Form of Electro House which incorporates elements of chiptune, glitch and brostep.
- Eurobeat: genre of European dance music which is often mixed with electronic rock and popular in nerd communities.
- Filk: A form of fan labor (analogous to fan fiction) originating in science fiction conventions. The name is due to a typographic error in "folk music" that caught on in the fan community.
- Future bass: A genre of bass EDM. A "kawaii", "moe" or "happy" variation with sweet chiptune sound has appeared in anime community and includes musicians like Marshmello ans Slushii
- Geek rock: A subgenre of alternative rock.
- Happy hardcore: One of hardcore techno genres. Some musicians like S3RL and Furries in a Blender are popular in geek communities. The subgenre is UK hardcore. Dancecore, or hands up is also popular among nerds. For example, the song "Vi sitter i Ventrilo och spelar DotA" of Basshunter has become the hymn of online gamers.
- Heavy Mithril: A subgenre of heavy metal.
- J-Pop: A pop music in Japan which is closely related to anime.
- Nerdcore: A subgenre of hip hop.
- Nerd-folk: A subgenre of contemporary folk.
- Nerd punk: A subgenre of geek rock and punk rock.
- Nintendocore: A fusion of rock with chiptune and video game music.
- Skweee: A fusion of soul and chiptune.
- Space funk: A subgenre of funk.
- Time Lord rock: A subgenre of geek rock, based on the Doctor Who series
- Twi-rock: A subgenre of geek rock, based on the Twilight series
- Wizard rock: A subgenre of geek rock, based on the Harry Potter series
Events and festivals
The music festival Nerdapalooza (2007–13) described itself as "the first of its kind to invite all genres of the nerd music movement under one roof, including nerd rock, nerdcore hip hop, chiptunes, and video game music." Other conventions and events have since hosted nerd music acts of a range of styles.
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- Abbott, Jim (August 2, 2012). "Nerdapalooza 2012 gets its geek on". Orlando Sentinel.
- Miranda, Jeff (November 4, 2007). "Refrain of the nerds". Boston Globe.
- Chaney, Keidra (January–February 2015). "The Evolution of Nerd Rock". Uncanny. No. 2. pp. 129–133.
- Selinker, Mike (January 8, 2013). "Geek Love: Kirby Krackle, The Doubleclicks, and the soul of nerd rock". Wired. Retrieved 2015-03-08.
Angela Webber: Pretty soon everyone will be a geek, so geek music is really just “music” at this point.
- "Nerdapalooza". Archived from the original on March 1, 2012.