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Dr Dave Payling

  • Job title: Associate Professor
  • Department: School of Digital, Technologies and Arts


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. Alongside this I taught in schools for a number of years before going back into further study and graduating from an MSc in Music Technology from York University in 2000. This allowed me to gain employment at Staffordshire University and focus my teaching towards Music Technology, which had always been an interest and passion. As technology developed I became 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. During my time a Staffordshire 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.


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

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

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

NoiseFloor Festival. Staffordshire University. Stafford, UK, 20-22nd September, 2013.
flEXiff, First and Last Experimental Film Festival. Sydney, Australia

Space Movement Sound
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
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,
Seeing Sound Visual Music Symposium. Bath Spa University. UK. 30th October, 2011.