Rob Dougan

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Rob Dougan
Birth nameRobert Don Hunter Dougan
Also known asRob D
The OT Quartet
Rollo & Rob D
Born1969 (age 49–50)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
OriginLondon, England
GenresTrip hop, electronica, neoclassical
Occupation(s)Composer, Songwriter, Producer, Mixer, Remixer
Years active1991–present
LabelsSony, BMG, Reprise, Warner Bros.
Associated actsRollo Armstrong
Don Davis

Robert Don Hunter Dougan (/ˈdɡən/[1]) is an Australian composer, known for his genre-blending music.[2] Mixing elements of orchestral music, trip hop, and bluesy vocals, his work is tangentially relatable to electronic music. He is known primarily for his breakthrough 1995 single "Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Variation)", further popularised by 1999's The Matrix soundtrack. "Clubbed to Death" was re-released on his debut album Furious Angels in 2002, seven years after its initial release, as well as providing several variations of the song, most notably the Kurayamino variation; he has also provided a variation of the Moby classic song "Porcelain". In 1995, he teamed up with Rollo to remix the U2 classic "Numb"; the remix was titled "Numb (Gimme Some More Dignity Mix)".

Early life and education[edit]

Dougan was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1969[3] and raised in Sydney. He attended Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview, and then the National Institute of Dramatic Art, where he studied acting. In 1990, he traveled to London, and began to work in music with his friend Rollo, both of whom had worked together and released material in Australia.


From 1991 to 1995, Dougan was a producer and remix artist. In 1994, his remixes started charting in the United Kingdom. He also released his first single, "Hard Times".

In 1995, his hit single "Clubbed to Death" gave him a recognised name in the UK dance club scene. He produced half a dozen remixes of it, including the "Kurayamino Variation". His label Mo' Wax Records was pleased and commissioned the follow-up, "Clubbed to Death 2" (later the bonus track on the album). CTD2 was never released as a single, but appeared on the James Lavelle disc of the 1996 DJ mix compilation album, Cream Live 2.

"Furious Angels" was not released on Mo' Wax, but Dougan eventually released it as a single in 1998 on Rollo's label Cheeky Records. Dougan worked for the following six years, doing remixes and licensing his tracks, in order to self-produce the album, which was backed by a full orchestra and a full choir.[verification needed] "Furious Angels" also featured as the musical score accompanying the introduction sequence for the 2000 racing simulation game Grand Prix 3.

In 1999, his exposure increased dramatically when his "Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Variation)" was featured on the soundtrack of The Matrix. He contributed two more tracks to the soundtrack of 2003's Matrix sequel The Matrix Reloaded, "Château" and "Kung Fu" (a shortened version of "Furious Angels" made for The Matrix Reloaded). "I'm Not Driving Anymore (instrumental)" was also used for the trailer of the film and as background music for the DVD menu.

In 2002 in the UK, and 2003 in the rest of the world, Dougan released his debut album Furious Angels, which was met with "Generally favorable" reviews from critics.[4] Later in 2003, a two-disc re-release of Furious Angels featured all-instrumental versions on the second disc.[citation needed]

In 2006, Dougan was reportedly writing "a couple of songs" for Sugababes (for whom he produced the single "Too Lost in You"), and working on two albums of his own — one original, one classical.[5]

A short film made for jewelry designer Solange Azagury-Partridge, The Letter, directed by Laurence Dunmore and starring Thandie Newton and Jason Isaacs features new music by Rob Dougan; the short film, however, does not mention the title of the song.[6]

In May 2015, Dougan released The 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Sessions on his official site.[7] The EP, recorded at London's Air Lyndhurst Studios with a 75-piece orchestra and 40-piece choir, consists of five instrumental songs and a 20-minute film of the sessions.

In October 2016, Dougan released Misc. Sessions EP on his official site.[7] The EP, recorded at Abbey Road Studios with a 10-piece and 50-piece string section, consists of five tracks, with orchestra and instrumental mixes and an 18-minute film.

In 2018 Dougan compiled and released "Films:Past and Future" his first solely instrumental release, comprising 21 tracks available for the first time on vinyl, CD and digital download. The album was released via direct-to-fan company PledgeMusic just at the time that the organisation announced it was experiencing issues and had failed to pay many artistes the monies that had been pledged to them. In a personal project update posted on 18 February, Rob confirmed that he had been affected by the issues but, having already released the album digitally, had met the costs of physical releases himself, with the CD, vinyl and accompanying book due for release on 4 March 2019.

In February 2019, Dougan released The Life of the World to Come, a brand new four track EP which includes "The Life of the World to Come", "Beautiful Things", "Quasimodo's Dream" and "And Then I Think of You". Each song was released with an accompanying instrumental version and two of the tracks were cover versions - "Beautiful Things" written by Leslie Bricusse and "Quasimodo's Dream" by The Reels. The EP is published by Engard Ltd and was released by Dougan himself via Gumroad.

Non-musical activities[edit]

In 2004, Dougan founded a vineyard called La Pèira[8] in the Terrasses du Larzac region of France.



Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected details
Title Release details
Furious Angels

Compilation albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected details
Title Release details
Films: Past and Future - An Instrumental Anthology[9]
  • Released: 9 December 2018
  • Formats: CD, digital download, LP

Extended plays[edit]

List of albums, with selected details
Title Release details
The 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Sessions
  • Released: 9 May 2015[7][10]
  • Formats: Digital download
Misc. Sessions
  • Released: 23 October 2016[11]
  • Formats: Digital download
The Life of the World to Come EP
  • Released: 21 February 2019[12]
  • Formats: Digital download


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Hard Times" 1995 Non-album single
"Clubbed to Death"[B] 27 24 The Matrix: Music from the
Motion Picture
and Furious Angels
"Furious Angels" 1998 45 42 Furious Angels
"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Rob Dougan Twitter".
  2. ^ Will Hodgkinson (29 August 2003). "Sick of dance music". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Rob Dougan Profile" (PDF).
  4. ^ "". 3 June 2003. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  5. ^ "". 13 July 2006. Archived from the original on 5 December 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  6. ^ solangeazaguryp (7 December 2009). "The Letter, by Solange Azagury-Partridge". YouTube. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  7. ^ a b c "". Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  8. ^ "La Pèira Team". Retrieved 24 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Rob Dougan - Films: Past and Future". PledgeMusic.
  10. ^ "Rob Dougan – The 22nd Sunday In Ordinary Time Sessions". Discogs.
  11. ^ "Rob Dougan - Misc. Sessions". Gumroad.
  12. ^ "Rob Dougan - The Life of the World to Come". Gumroad.
  13. ^ "Discography Rob Dougan". Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  14. ^ "Rob Dougan" (select "Singles" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  15. ^ a b "Rob Dougan > Overview". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  16. ^ Furious Angels (Liner notes). Rob Dougan. Warner Bros. Records. 2003. 196363.CS1 maint: others (link)
  17. ^ "Clubbed to Death". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 25 November 2011.

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