David de la Haye is a contemporary musician, field recordist, sound artist and producer. His current work explores marine conservation efforts through the immersive nature of ambisonic recording and diffusion. He is the first technician ever to receive the “Pioneer Award” from Newcastle University’s Institute of Creative Arts Practice.

Completing an MMus in Glitch Music and Aesthetics of Failure in Digital Composition at Newcastle University in 2004, David later became a professional musician and live sound engineer, touring major international venues and playing everything from Folk to Free Improv. In 2013 he became Studio Manger in the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University.

Born on the Channel Island of Jersey, David now lives in the cathedral city of Durham where he has enjoyed working on multidisciplinary projects with artists including Jez Lowe, Marcus Coates, Julieanna Preston, Catriona Macdonald, Sinead Morrissey, Johannah Latchem, Lol Coxhill, Shona Mooney, Ernest Dawkins and James Davoll.

He has produced works for the National Trust, Great North Museum, Being Human Festival of Humanities and Sage Gateshead, performed at festivals across the UK, USA, Russia and much of Western Europe and is regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Radio Scotland. His production credits have numerous accolades in The Guardian, MOJO and Songlines Magazine.

Link to World Ocean's Day event

Professional Memberships and Accreditations

MIScT (Member of the Institute of Science and Technology)

AVID Certified Instructor

Musician’s Union (MU)

Wildlife Sound Recording Society (WSRS)

UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (UKISC)

Performing Rights Society (PRS)

Affiliate of City and Guilds (AfCGI)





On Stage with the Monsters at Tatihou Festival, Normandy 2016.