Christian Rudder performing with Bishop Allen. Plush, Tucson, Arizona. 23 March 2009.
Background information Genres Indie Folk Instruments Vocals, Acoustic guitar, ukulele, Years active 2003–present Associated acts Bishop Allen Website Official website
Rudder is primarily known as the creative voice of TheSpark.com, which was the viral content arm of SparkNotes during the site's early rise to popularity. Working with Chris Coyne, Rudder wrote humorous tests and articles and devised absurd pseudo-science projects to spread awareness of the Spark brand and drive young people to SparkNotes' study guides. During Rudder's tenure at TheSpark it was one of the most popular humor sites on the web.[unreliable source?] Rudder joined TheSpark and SparkNotes in October 1999. He became TheSpark's Creative Director in March 2001.
Soon after the sites' sale to Barnes & Noble, Rudder and the SparkNotes founders - Chris Coyne, Sam Yagan, and Max Krohn - left and began work on OkCupid, a dating website that has its roots in the popular tests featured on TheSpark. OkCupid launched in February 2004.
Rudder also plays in indie band Bishop Allen. He and Justin Rice are the band's two permanent members, and they write the band's songs. On stage, Rudder plays guitar and ukelele; in the studio, on Bishop Allen's recordings, he plays most of the instruments save drums and piano. Rudder and Rice met while students at Harvard University.
- ^ 'Salon.com'
- ^ Harvard Crimson
- ^ collegeotr.com
- ^ All Music Guide
- ^ ASCAP database
- ^ [All three album's liner notes]
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