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David Bird

David Bird sits under purple light his back to the audience as he raises his arm as if conducting.

David is a lecturer on the UWTSD’s BA Creative Music Technology course. He is also an active composer and sound designer, working in Film, Contemporary Dance, Circus, Theatre, and Radio.

Specialisms are centered around composition, computer-based music production, sound design, studio-based recording techniques and technologies, location recording, multi-channel diffusion and spatialization techniques, sound engineering, voice-over recording, object orientated programming, digital signal processing, designing expressive musical controllers, and performance practice.   

His work has been shown at the Short Films Corner of Festival De Cannes, Henley Film Festival, Portsmouth International Film Festival, Massachusetts Independent Film Festival, Guam International Film Festival, Bounce Disability Arts Festival, the International Samuel Beckett Festival, and the Lughnasa International Friel Festival.   

David's interest in music was developed through studying Creative Music Technology on the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. In 2014, David completed a Ph.D. candidacy at the Sonic Arts Research Centre and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Queen's University, Belfast. 

His PhD in Sonic Art, An Original Portfolio of Compositions, explored experimental compositional practices through nine original works. The research uncovered new methods which are considered as the original contribution to knowledge; this involves a sequential spatialization technique for diffusing stereo sources octophoniclly and a multi-device recording methodology for field recording with individual recording devices at variable distances.