Chef's Table Achatz
DUNCAN THUM is an Emmy nominated composer and multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles, California. A host of sonic explorations lead Duncan from co-forming LA's d.i.y. music scene fixture Pizza! to performance at the Disney Hall with Glenn Branca's Hallucination City: Symphony for 100 guitars. Duncan's muse crystallized in writing music for film, where story and image provide a poignant context for his eclectic background.
Notable credits include an Emmy nominated score for Netflix's "Chef's Table", VICE Media's "Broadly", animated series “Ninjago”, feature films “Thou Wast Mild And Lovely”, “Bodyslam: Revenge of the Banana!", "The Most Fun I've Ever Had With My Pants On", "Keeping Country" and an award winning score for the short film "The Restoration". Duncan is a graduate of USC's esteemed SMPTV film scoring program.
DUAL Emmy Nominations FOR "CHEF'S TABLE"
The original Netflix documentary series Chef’s Table intimately transports the audience into the minds and kitchens of extraordinary chefs around the world.
In 2015, Duncan was honored by the Television Academy with his first Emmy nomination in the category of “Outstanding Music Composition For A Series (Original Dramatic Score)” for his work on the profile of Francis Mallmann. In 2016, Duncan assumed the role of music producer and lead composer for the second, third and fourth seasons of the series. His score for the episode “Grant Achatz”, garnered a second Emmy nomination in the category of Original Dramatic Score.
“The DPs are the great unifiers for Chef's Table, as is composer Duncan Thum, who earned a well-deserved Emmy nomination for the first-season episode on Argentinean chef Francis Mallmann. Every episode is a symphony of kitchen sounds, accompanying Thum's scores and the appetizing visual poetry.”
“Listen to ‘Fantastic Amalgams’ from the Chef Achatz episode below. It’s not hard to imagine it underscoring an epic action flick, thriller or even period drama.”