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Rob Balder

About Rob Balder

Rob Balder first gained notoriety as the creator of the comic strip PartiallyClips (then later as author of the webcomic Erfworld). But he is also a fabulously funny and talented filk singer. Although he had written and sung parody tunes from the age of seven, and been a lifelong fan of funny music, he had never given serious consideration to recording and performing his own material.

In 2004, as a webcomics guest at PenguiCon, he met future FuMPers Tom Smith, ShoEboX (Worm Quartet), and the great Luke Ski and had his eyes opened to the world of Dementia musicians. With help and guidance from his new friends in the field, he recorded his first CD "Rich Fantasy Lives," in 2005. In 2006, the CD's title track (with tune and arrangement by Tom Smith) was nominated for a Pegasus Award for Best Filk Song.

In 2005, Rob had his first experiment with releasing a song under Creative Commons licensing. His ode to Nethack, a computer game which has been in constant open-source development since the 1980s, was linked from the official Nethack website, and was downloaded many thousands of times. The song features background music sequenced by ShoEboX.

In 2006, after participating in a panel at Confluence with Devo Spice (Sudden Death) and CC-licensed music pioneer Jonathan Coulton, Rob started to form the idea which would become The Funny Music Project. The basic approach which worked for Coulton, combined with some tested ideas from the world of webcomics and the awesome talent of the community, had to lead to something good.

Rob now performs regularly at science fiction conventions, where he can be seen belting out such hits as "Always A Goth Chick" and "Sympathy for George Lucas." His second CD is called "For Amusement Only."

For more information on Rob Balder please visit the artist's web site at: http://www.robbalder.com

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Rich Fantasy Lives

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For Amusement Only

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2011-07-01 (15 comments)
Rob Balder Crazy Me
2009-06-30 (15 comments)
Rob Balder Gamer Funk
2009-04-14 (17 comments)
Rob Balder Here They Come
2009-01-27 (16 comments)
Rob Balder Never Say Never
2008-12-23 (13 comments)
Rob Balder Babelfishmas
2008-09-09 (23 comments)
Rob Balder This song contains topics that may be objectionable to some listeners and may not be suitable for radio broadcast.  Squeamish people should not listen to this song. This song has been marked as squick and therefore potentially highly offensive.

I want to hear this song.
2008-08-12 (10 comments)
Rob Balder Side Effects
2008-05-30 (18 comments)
Rob Balder A Song About a Train This song contains language that may be objectionable to some listeners and may not be suitable for radio broadcast.
2008-05-23 (21 comments)
Rob Balder JFGI This song contains language that may be objectionable to some listeners and may not be suitable for radio broadcast.
featuring Chris Mezzolesta
2008-03-28 (11 comments)
Rob Balder Needlessly Noir
2008-01-01 (26 comments)
Rob Balder Creative Commons Anthem
2007-12-07 (24 comments)
Rob Balder Still Annoyed - The Bowser Song
2007-11-09 (17 comments)
Rob Balder 80s Chords
2007-09-18 (18 comments)
Rob Balder Hoist the Jolly Roget's
2007-08-10 (13 comments)
Rob Balder Quest for the Arkentools - Part 1
2007-06-29 (15 comments)
Rob Balder Yet Another Stupid Decade - NetHack Turns 20
2007-04-20 (14 comments)
Rob Balder I'm Gonna Procrastinate
2007-02-23 (19 comments)
Rob Balder Muppet Laboratories
2007-01-09 (22 comments)
Rob Balder Don't Shoot This song contains language that may be objectionable to some listeners and may not be suitable for radio broadcast.
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