Robert Duncan (composer)

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Robert Duncan
Born Robert Duncan
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Musical Composer
Website
www.duncanmusic.com

Robert Duncan is a three-time Emmy-award-nominated[1] Canadian composer of film and television music,[2] who has composed music for such TV series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer,The Unit, Lie to Me and Castle; as well as films such as Butterfly on a Wheel and Into the Blue 2: The Reef.[3] He has received six ASCAP awards.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Duncan was born into a family with deep musical history.[4] His great-grandfather arranged music for silent films in England and other relatives were closely affiliated with two of England's prominent composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten.[5] As a child he attended the Claude Watson School of the Performing Arts and in sixth grade he composed his first piece of music.[6] At age 16 in high school, he landed his first gig scoring a promotional video for the local Board of Education.[7] As an extra curricular activity, Duncan studied the pipe organ and trumpet[8] before later earning a bachelors degree in music at York University.[9]

Career[edit]

After graduating, Duncan spent the next 5 years apprenticing with two Canadian composers[10] and participated in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop.[11] He wanted to do more, wanted to write scores for live orchestra but he thought the chances of succeeding in Canada were slim[12] so in 2001[13] he moved to Los Angeles, Hollywood.[14] Shortly after moving to Los Angeles, Duncan was hired as a series composer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.[15] The show later ended, but soon after he started to land his own television and film scoring assignments.[16] Landing many small screen projects including "The Chicago Code", "Terriers", "The Gates", "Lie to Me", "The Unit", Point Pleasant, and "Tru Calling",[17] it is his work on "Castle" that he is best known for.

Castle[edit]

The process of composing for an episode of "Castle" include sitting down with directors, producers, and creator Andrew Marlowe and watching an episode that has already been shot and edited.[18] The group will all voice their own musical ideas for the episode and it is up to Duncan to create the score accordingly.[19]

Instruments[edit]

Duncan uses a variety of traditional and peculiar objects and instruments to create his scores. These objects include; grand pianos, deconstructed pianos, metal brushes, hot rod exhaust pipes, fire extinguishers, trumpet, guitar, pipe organ, a variety or drums, and even objects from junk yards all over Los Angeles.[20]

Cameos[edit]

Duncan made an on screen appearance on "Castle" Season 4, Episode 14 “The Blue Butterfly” in the opening scene as a jazz club pianist on the baby grand piano.[21]

Duncan's television series scores[edit]

Film Scores[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robert Duncan". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  2. ^ "Robert Duncan (FSW 2001)". ASCAP. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Robert Duncan at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ "IMDB". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  5. ^ "IMDB". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  6. ^ "Robert Duncan". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  7. ^ "Robert Duncan". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  8. ^ "Robert Duncan". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  9. ^ "IMDB". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  10. ^ "Castle TV". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  11. ^ "Robert Duncan". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  12. ^ "Castle TV". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  13. ^ "TV Guide". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  14. ^ "Castle TV". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  15. ^ "Robert Duncan". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  16. ^ "IMDB". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  17. ^ "TV Guide". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  18. ^ "TV Guide". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  19. ^ "TV Guide". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  20. ^ "Robert Duncan". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 
  21. ^ "Wetpaint". Retrieved 2012-09-30. 

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