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 for 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, the son of a dustman and living in the proverbial flat, David now lives in the cathedral city of Durham. He has worked on multidisciplinary projects with artists including Jez Lowe, Marcus Coates, Shona Mooney, Julieanna Preston, Catriona Macdonald, Pat Thomas, Sinead Morrissey, Simon Bowen, Johannah Latchem, Lol Coxhill, Ernest Dawkins and James Davoll.
Commission works include the National Trust, Great North Museum, Being Human Festival of Humanities and Sage Gateshead. He has performed at major festivals and venues 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.
Currently, David is Technical Lead for the ‘RNCM Ensemble+’ project; Future Events Lead for HaSS Faculty at Newcastle University; ‘Vision and Strategy’ ambassador for creative practice at Newcastle University; a member of the pilot group for the IST’s Registered Creative Industries Practitioners.
Professional Memberships and Accreditations
MIScT (Member of the Institute of Science and Technology)
Affiliate of City and Guilds (AfCGI)
AVID Certified Instructor
Musician’s Union (MU)
Wildlife Sound Recording Society (WSRS)
UK and Ireland Soundscape Community (UKISC)
Performing Rights Society (PRS)