Duncan Chapman is a Lincoln-based freelance composer, sound artist, educator and performer.

Duncan Chapman regularly works with many leading music organisations in Britain and travels frequently round the world. He has presented work in Japan, Singapore and throughout Europe.

Duncan also contributes to university courses at York, De Montfort, Limerick and Plymouth Universities and is an external examiner for Goldsmiths College and Aberdeen University.

Duncan works collaboratively with groups devising sound installations and multimedia performances. This work has included: a piece for mass brass players controlled by semaphore flags on Aldeburgh beach; a project at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival exploring the sounds (and taste!) of rhubarb; the Fanfare project at the Royal Opera House, enabling teenage composers to write interval fanfares performed and recorded by the orchestra; and a composition for Birmingham Contemporary Music Group for 3 players and electronics, with environmental sounds collected by groups of primary school children.

Most recently Duncan and Isabel Jones, in collaboration with deafblind artist Lewis Jones and supported by Sound and Music, have toured White Cane. This was a series of site-specific performances touring nationally, where audiences wearing wireless headphones were immersed in a sound world created by visually impaired dancer Mickel Smithen and blind musician Takashi Kikuchi, and exploring and navigating public space. As the long cane rolls across the surface of each space, we hear its sound, which is combined with live music and spoken and sung audio description to create a unique experience of ‘sonic vision’.

Fun Fact

Amongst other things, Duncan is interested in vegetables as musical instruments.

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TREE #15, TREE #10, TREE #9, TREE #8, TREE #7, TREE #6, TREE #5, TREE #4, TREE #3, TREE #2, TREE #1, SAC #25, Collection 1 #17, Collection 1 #44