Nerd music

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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.[1][2] 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.[3][4][5]

Events and festivals[edit]

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."[6] Other conventions and events have since hosted nerd music acts of a range of styles.


  1. ^ Bell, Mike (April 24, 2013). "Weird Al Yankovic leads parade of geek music at Calgary's Comic Expo". Calgary Herald.
  2. ^ Abbott, Jim (August 2, 2012). "Nerdapalooza 2012 gets its geek on". Orlando Sentinel.
  3. ^ Miranda, Jeff (November 4, 2007). "Refrain of the nerds". Boston Globe.
  4. ^ Chaney, Keidra (January–February 2015). "The Evolution of Nerd Rock". Uncanny. No. 2. pp. 129–133.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "Nerdapalooza". Archived from the original on March 1, 2012.

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