Dave teaches and studies Music Technologies at Staffordshire University, teaching MAX/MSP, mastering, sound synthesis and Quartz Composer. He creates music and video and holds a PhD in Visual Music composition. His earlier research centred on sonification and auditory display and his composition ‘Listen (Awakening)’ was performed at the Sydney Opera House as part of the ICAD conference in 2004. His more recent work focuses on composition for Visual Music with animation and electronic music. Dave's personal musical output began when playing in various bands in and around Sheffield after leaving school. This developed into solo electronic dance music influenced productions and more recently into more traditional songwriting. He is mainly studio based, uses a variety of production techniques and also does freelance mastering work. Information on these productions is on my music page. Dave is From the Floor section editor for Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture and has a keen interest in dance music, particularly the free party ethos.
PhD Film Media and Music
Alongside my work and music making, teaching led me to undertake a part time practise based PhD which involved the creation of an audiovisual composition portfolio influenced by visual music, colour and technology. You can find out more information on this on my PhD Portfolio Page. Also see my PhD FAQ post if this is something you're interested in doing. My PhD, 'Visual Music Composition with Electronic Sound and Video' was completed under the guidance of Tim Howle (Medway) and Stella Mills (Staffordshire). A copy can be found on our ePrints site here: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/2047/
Many of my fixed media compositions have been performed at concerts and festivals including: the Soundings Festival Edinburgh, MANTIS Festival University of Manchester, flEXiff Experimental Film Festival Sydney Australia, Understanding Visual Music, Brasil, Seeing Sound Bath Spa, ICMC Shanghai China and NoiseFloor Festival Staffordshire.