David de la Haye is a contemporary musician, field recordist, sound technician and producer.
His current work explores marine conservation efforts through the immersive nature of ambisonic recording and diffusion, rooted in his experience growing up as a Channel Islander. In September 2020 he was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education “Outstanding Technician of the Year” award.
David initially began a music career after studying Jazz & Contemporary Music at Leeds College of Music, going on to postgraduate studies in Glitch and the Aesthetics of Failure in Digital Composition at Newcastle University. Now a member of two successful Folk groups – ‘Monster Ceilidh Band’ and ‘Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies’ – his credits as a bassist can be found on numerous albums with performances at major festivals and international venues across UK, USA, Canada, Russia and much of Western Europe.
His contemporary sound work has included commissions for the National Trust, Great North Museum, Natural England and Sage Gateshead with an upcoming exhibition is planned for the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. A voracious collaborator, having worked on multidisciplinary projects with artists including Julieanna Preston, Catriona Macdonald, Marcus Coates, Sinead Morrissey, James Davoll, Pat Thomas, Usue Ruiz, and Shona Mooney.
Born in Jersey to working-class parents (his old man was a dustman and lived in the proverbial flat), David maintains a tireless work ethic. Now resident in the cathedral city of Durham and working within the School of Arts and Cultures at Newcastle University, he is a ‘Vision and Strategy’ ambassador and champion of technicians within the Creative Industries, supported by the Technician’s Commitment.
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