Dr Dave Payling

Job Title and Responsibilities

Senior Lecturer / Award Leader Music Technology and Music Technology with Management.
Member of the School Research Degrees Committee (Computing and Digital Technologies)

About me

I graduated from an MSc in Music Technology from York University in 2000 after previously teaching Design and Technology in schools for a number of years. This allowed me to gain employment at Staffordshire University and focus my teaching towards Music Technology, which had always been an interest and passion. I played bass, guitar and drums in various bands in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, since leaving secondary school and made recordings at local studios, performed at local venues and did live sound engineering for other bands. As technology developed I because increasingly interested in computer based production and investigated how it was possible to achieve high quality productions when moving away from the safety of traditional recording equipment. Alongside my teaching I studied part time towards a PhD in Visual Music Composition. This involved creation of a portfolio of audio visual compositions accompanied by a thesis documenting my creative processes and influences. I continue to use a combination of these musical production and audio visual composition skills to create high quality multimedia and inform future research and teaching.



Senior Fellow HEA

PhD (Film, Media and Music) Staffordshire University 2014. Visual Music Composition with Electronic Sound and Video

MSc (Music Technology) York University. 2001

PGCE (Design and Technology) Sheffield Hallam University. 1997

BEng (Hons) First Class Honors in Electronic Systems and Control Engineering. Sheffield Hallam University. 1993


Digital audio production techniques and working in the box
Electronic music composition
Audio mastering using hardware and software
Surround sound mastering and authoring
Digital video production techniques and animation


Research and Interests

My research is centred on audio visual composition and the intersection between visual music and electronic music composition. I work mainly with abstract visual and sound materials and explore the relationships that develop when they are combined. This is primarily a practise based pursuit manipulating and transforming multimedia materials with numerous technologies to create finished compositions. I am also interested in investigating how more popular musical genres can be combined with visual music.

I am ‘From the Floor’ section editor of Dancecult:Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture

Selected Publications

Lumia and Visual Music. Using Thomas Wilfred’s Lumia Factors to Inform Audiovisual Composition. (2017) eContact! Online Journal for Electroacoustic Practices. (Journal Article)

The DiY Free Party Collective. (2016) Dancecult Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture. (Journal Article)

Interaction, Visual Composition and Synthesis with Quartz Composer. (2016) Seeing Sound. Bath Spa University. (Conference Presentation)

Visually Inspired Visual Music from a Musician’s Perspective. (2015) Understanding Visual Music Symposium, Brasilia, Brazil. (Conference Presentation)

Neon Vibration
1st December 2017. Synchresis, Program 28. Granada Spain. XXIV Festival Internacional de Arte Sonoro y M sica Electroac stica Punto de encuentro
4th November 2017. Visual Music Full Dome Festival. Morelos Mexico.

Synthetic Electro Replicant
18th October 2017, ICMC Conference Shanghai China
13th November 2016. Sound Image Colloquium. University of Greenwich. UK

Circadian Echoes
26th November 2016. Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music. Queens University, Belfast. 24th September 2016. flEXiff Experimental Film Festival. Sydney Australia

Diffraction (Visual Music Composition), 3rd May, 2012.

NoiseFloor Festival. Staffordshire University. Stafford, UK, 20-22nd September, 2013.

flEXiff, First and Last Experimental Film Festival. Sydney, Australia

Space Movement Sound (Visual Music Composition), 16th November, 2011.

XVIII International Festival of Electroacoustic Music - Meeting Point. Electroacoustic Music Association of Spain. Valencia, Spain, 3rd May 2012.

NoiseFloor Festival, Staffordshire University. Stafford. UK (Paper Presentation)

Theravada Colour Morph (Visual Music Composition), 16th January, 2010.

NoiseFloor Festival. Staffordshire University. Stafford. UK, 20-21st February, 2010.

MANTIS FESTIVAL. Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester, UK, 6th November, 2010.

Soundings - International Festival of Sonic Art. Reid Concert Hall, Bristol Square, Edinburgh, 30th October, 2011.

Seeing Sound Visual Music Symposium. Bath Spa University. UK.


Current Teaching


MAX/MSP and Jitter.
Programming for real time audio and video applications.

Audio Visual composition and Visual Music
Audio Mastering


Audio Mastering in Surround
Research Methods
Electronics for Music Technologists


Dave Payling
t: +44 (0)1785 353717
e: d.payling@staffs.ac.uk