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Robert Duncan is a two-time Emmy-award-nominated Canadian composer of film and television music,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.
He has received six ASCAP awards.
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Duncan was born into a family with deep musical history. 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. As a child he attended the Claude Watson School of the Performing Arts and in sixth grade he composed his first piece of music. At age 16 in high school, he landed his first gig scoring a promotional video for the local Board of Education. As an extra curricular activity, Duncan studied the pipe organ and trumpet before later earning a bachelors degree in music at York University
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.
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