Stereotude Artist of the Week: Robert Duncan

October 11, 2012 By:

“There’s an interesting connection when the source of the sound is somehow native to the environment that we’re watching in the show,” says “Last Resort” composer Robert Duncan.

The musician, who scores the ABC military drama about the crew of a renegade U.S. Navy missile submarine exiled to a remote island, displays his musical inspiration, quite literally, with his largest instrument yet: a real life submarine.

Docked in San Diego, the sub provides Robert with various “notes” to play—from the hollowed out shell of a torpedo base to the metallic submarine floors—he’ll manipulate electronically when composing the score of the show. The sounds in the final tracks have a way of leaking into your subconscious and adding even more tension to every episode.

It’s this out of the box thinking for a element of episodic TV viewers often take for granted that have Robert to two Emmy award nominations in his career.

His work can be heard on shows like “Castle,” “Lie to Me,” and cult television classic “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” His film contributions also include another aqua-centric story, Into the Blue 2: The Reef.

Using a curious array of devices isn’t unusual for the Canadian composer. He’s tickled the melodies out of contraptions such as hot rod exhaust pipes, fire extinguishers, and deconstructed pianos. Now he can add submarine to that list.