Visual Sound Design

Entwicklung und Produktion audiovisueller Ideen und Konzepte

Duke Span is a freelance artist, producer, composer, musician, visual sound designer and music psychologist. 


He develops and produces audiovisual ideas and concepts for film, radio and TV. His scope of work comprises composing and producing film music, sound branding, concepts and productions for spatial communication, especially for museums, trade fairs and events, as well as concerts with his own band Dukespan NYC. 



Profile and references:


Project types: from a small concert ensemble to a major stage production with directing, film, dance and choral elements. 


  • Live events: club concerts (up to 200 people), corporate events (up to 2500 people), public events and trade fairs (up to 500,000 people)

  • Mobility references: Mercedes-Benz, VW Autostadt Caterpillar, BMG, BMW/Mini, Cargolifter, Opel, Porsche, Toyota, Bosch

  • Consumer goods references: Adidas, NKD, Intersport, Kärcher, Märklin, Würth

  • Telecommunication & electronics references: Arcor, IBM, Imtech, E.ON, Voith

  • Fashion & art & culture & lighting references: Brockhaus, d&b audiotechnik, Hugo Boss, Marc Cain, Schiesser, Zumtobel

  • Tourism & hospitality references: Blühendes Barock, 25hoursHotel, The Puli Hotel (Shanghai, China) 

  • Banking & public administration references: L-Bank Baden-Württemberg, DSGV, W&W


TV coverage: public and private channels. National and international. 3SAT, ARTE TV, ARD, ZDF, SWR, CNN, FoxTV.


Online coverage:  in over 100 compilations worldwide (iTunes, YouTube, Spotify, Amazon etc.)





Multiple nominations for the German Design Prize. More than 20 awards in the last 10 years, including the coveted prizes: Best European Event Award, European Design Award, European Event Award, Type Directors Award, Ex-Award (gold), EVA Award (gold), red dot award for communication design, if communication design award, Promo Lion of the Advertising Festival in Cannes, medals from the renowned German Designer Club.




Teaching and memberships:


Duke Span teaches at

Al Jazeera Media Institute, Doha, Qatar

Macromedia University of Applied Science (Germany) and regularly holds seminars at the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart and at

Stuttgart Media University. 


He composed the film music for several episodes of the series “Treasures of the World”. He produced a Collector’s Box with the well-known typographer Kurt Weidemann. The ARTE ratings hit “I, the king of porn – the adventurous life of Lasse Braun” bears his acoustic signature. 


Member of VDT (Verein Deutscher Tonmeister – Association of German Sound Engineers) since 2001.


Full member of GEMA since 2016.



Life and work:


After studying Classical Percussion at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, he moved to New York City in 1988. He completed a Bachelor degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School for Social Research and then moved on to the renowned Manhattan School of Music to complete a Masters degree in Jazz and Commercial Composition.


During his studies he was already a musician and a road & stage manager for the jazz ensembles “the Carl Allen Quintett” and “Cindy Blackman Quartett”.


For five years he was personal assistant to the jazz legend Max Roach (drummer, composer). Other significant companions, mentors and teachers along the way have been and are:


Pat Metheny, Dave Grusin, Eric Burdon, Wynton Marsalis, Cindi Blackman-Santana, Bob Belden, Reggie Workman, Ludmila Ulehla, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Adam Nussbaum, Keith Copland, Joe Chambers, Kenny Washington, Jerry Gonzalez, Kenny Werner, Richie Beirach, Kirk Nurock, Theo Bleckman, Kenny Drew jr. etc. 


The experiences gathered during this time set the foundations for his musical identity. 


During his time in the USA, he worked in parallel for Mercedes-Benz as a consultant and musical director, and also as a composer and producer at international automobile exhibitions in Detroit, Los Angeles and New York. 


Since 1988 he has been the band leader, drummer and vibraphonist of the band Dukespan NYC, whose “acoustic pop, rock & classic soul with a twist of jazz” and tours in the USA, Canada, Japan and Europe have brought them fans all around the world. He is now represented on over 100 compilations worldwide under his artist’s name “Duke Span”. 


After 13 years living in the USA he returned to his geographical roots in 2001. Today Duke Span lives and works between Stuttgart, Zurich and San Francisco.

Neue deutsche Lieder


twisted by… DUKESPAN NYC

…ist das Motto der Band, die bekannten Songs einen neuen Schliff verleiht.

Neu interpretiert und von international hochkarätigen Musikern präsentiert.
Hörgenuss vom Feinsten.

“Acoustic Pop, Rock & Classic Soul with a twist of Jazz”
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