from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A genre of music popular among devotees of science fiction and fantasy literature, often involving original lyrics set to familiar melodies.
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- adjective of music About or inspired by
science fiction, fantasy, horror, science, and/or subjects of interest to fans of speculativefiction; frequently, being a songwhose lyricshave been altered to refer to science fiction; parodying. (However, much filk music is original rather than parodic.)
- noun Filk
- noun Filk
- verb intransitive To perform filk music.
- verb intransitive To participate in a filk circle, including singing along.
- verb transitive To write a parody of (a song). Compare noun in construction "filk of...".
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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Nonscientific survey of 62 respondents. 1/3 were involved in filk for more than 20 years. 62% of men worked in a technical field, while only a small percentage of women did.
One of the generally-accepted classes of filk is “songs about fandom and/or the experience of being a fan”.
In today's Wired News, a report I filed on "filk" -- scifi-themed folk music performed by science fiction/fantasy fans and tech-heads.
We’re all talking about the same types of creative play, but maybe the different methods of expression have different distributions — relatively older in filk, and perhaps relatively younger in RPGs.
Same with the music ... we don't have 'filk' so much as an accoustic music space that has filk, comedy, trad, folk, whatever scheduled throughout the weekend.
There doesn't seem to be a precise definition of "filk," but as I understand it, it is folk music with science fiction or fantasy roots.
With its heavy sci-fi themes, this isn't folk -- it's "filk," a distinctive genre that took root on folk's fringes about two decades ago and is now gaining broader attention thanks to internet radio and web downloads.
Panelists introduce samples of their 10 favourite science-fiction/fantasy songs from outside the filk world, from Charlie Poole to the Flaming Lips.
First one goes to the person who suggests the best SFF-related song (mainstream music, not filk, please).
One reason might be the plethora of professional Oz music — can filk compete with “Over the Rainbow” or “Beautiful Green Peanuts”?