Duncan Boatright is a composer and educator currently based in College Park, MD. After obtaining a BM from Appalachian State University in 2012, Duncan earned an MM from the University of Maryland in 2015 and is now pursuing a DMA from the University of Maryland. At various points in his career, Duncan's musical stylings have drawn strongly from his background as a percussionist, building works on a strong rhythmic foundation characterized by asymmetric rhythmic motifs and internal mathematical structures that audiences find simultaneously accessible and engaging. These aspects are complemented by textural settings that range from pointillistic to minimalistic. His repertoire includes works for solo musicians, mixed chamber ensembles, and mixed media stage works. In the past he has written for everything from string quartet to percussion ensemble to solo Game Boy. In the past he has collaborated with ensembles and music collectives including StageFree, the Kronos Quartet, and yMusic.
Duncan’s recent works focus on electronic media utilizing SuperCollider, MaxMSP, and a number of other tools that enable him to construct procedurally generated and interactive works. Near Death Experience, premiered in 2017 as part of the Charm City Fringe Festival, was a procedurally generated work that accompanied a live stage performance, supplementing a dramatic theater work by the Vaahi Art Collective with an ethereal soundscape which at times "evoke[d] wonder, sadness, confusion, and a host of other emotions which we all experience at one point or another."
Programmatically, Duncan's work often draws heavily on popular literature from the last 30 years. Lettie is Given to the Ocean, premiered in 2017, featured live real-time granulation of a chamber ensemble, with thematic material inspired by Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Two new works, both set to premiere in 2019, draw heavily upon concepts from Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves, mimicking the narrative content of the text by exploiting the audience's sense of space and personal safety. Duncan is heavily influenced by 20th and 21st century electroacoustic composers including Mario Davidovsky, Roger Reynolds, Thomas DeLio, Kenneth Gaburo, Luciano Berio, and Edgard Varèse.
A passionate pedagogue, Duncan has previously served as a music educator at both the public school and university levels. He is currently a graduate student lecturer at the University of Maryland.