Robert Funkhouser
Indianapolis, IN

Rob Funkhouser is a composer, performer, and instrument builder who can never quite sit still. He is currently pursuing an M.M. from Butler University in Music Composition, and most recently completed Expanding Ever Outward for Solo Vibraphone. He has released projects through various labels in three different countries, and has had his music played on the radio in many places, including Australia. His current projects include a percussion duo for the group Neutrals, a suite of works for kalimba and toy piano, and various chamber works.

Currently residing in Indianapolis, Indiana, Funkhouser divides his time between composing, performing, and curating shows at various venues around the city. His performances vary widely, but often take the form of solo percussion or ambient electronics. He also collaborates with a wide variety of performers and artists. Most recently he has worked with Corey Denham, Sara Goodman, and So Percussion. His principal teachers include Dr. Michael Schelle, Dr. James Aikman, and Dr. Frank Felice.


Rafael Cronin – Two kalimbas which featured Cronin’s paint work were built for his gallery showing in Spring of 2010, Cerebral Machinations was composed and released especially for this event.

Evelyn Davis – This relationship began with a performance in Sword of Exactly at the Stone in NYC. Further work included more performances on drum set with this group through the summer of 2011 and as a soloist in Davis’s thesis, Concerto for Two Percussionists.

Dylan Ettinger – Recorded drum set on his project Dylan Ettinger & the Heat, built the Funkhouser I, a dual square wave oscillator, for him and was used on his album Lifetime of Romance. Dylan Ettinger holds the sole responsibility for the beginning of my live performances and all the subsequent damages caused thereby.

John Flannelly – John and I have done battle twice in Flannely Vs Funkhouser volumes 1 and 2. Someday a truce may be called, but do not keep your hopes up.

Other Projects

Electric Kalimba Construction – about ten built so far, several under construction, with work ongoing.

Percussion Instruments – many things constructed primarily to hit including mounted metal mixing bowls, bells made of cast aluminum pots and lids, and an adaptation of Dennis Halvena’s Hank Drum.

The Funkhouser I – a dual oscillator circuit built for Dylan Ettinger and used most notably on his record, Lifetime of Romance, more designs are forthcoming.

Chamber Works