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SDA Chair - North & Latin America
Zach Bloomstein is a senior at the New England Institute of Art in Boston MA, pursuing a bachelors degree in audio and media technology.
His love of music started at a young age when he was given a guitar by a family member and it soon became an obsession. Growing up around music brought him to many concerts and it soon became one of his favorite things to do.
He joined his first band at the age of 12 and began hanging out in Boston's local music scene. At the age of sixteen he began doing live sound at local clubs and recording bands in his parents basement with whatever he could get his hands on.
He enrolled in the New England Institute of Art in 2012 and immediately became involved with every audio club that the school had. He began packaging press kits for bands on the schools record label “Naked Ear Records” and eventually moved up the ranks of the label.
In the winter of 2014 he began producing and engineering albums for bands on the label. He is also a staff engineer at 37’ Productions bringing in local bands to record. He spends a fair amount of time as a front of house and monitor engineer traveling around New England in the summers putting on shows.
He began going to AES meetings at the school and thought it would be a great opportunity to hang out with other people that share in his passion for audio. After attending his first convention in New York City in 2013 he fell in love with the community that he felt from the conventions.
SDA Chair - Europe & International Regions
Dave Moffat is currently undertaking a PhD at the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London, researching perceptual evaluation of synthesised sounds with applications in sound design.
Dave has loved music for as long as he can remember, first playing the saxophone around age 10, and working on the technical side of music since he was 16 years old.
Originally from Edinburgh, he gained a BSc in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh, despite spending most of his time working in technical theatre and events. On finishing his BSc, he continued his work as a freelance event technician, sound engineer and technical project manager.
In a continuation for his passion for audio, he moved back to studying, by way of an MSc in Digital Music Processing at Queen Mary University of London, where he graduated with Distinction.
Dave is an active member of the AES, regularly attending UK based events and conferences. In his free time, Dave enjoys rock climbing, cycling and home brewing.
SDA Vice Chair - North & Latin America
Michael France is a Junior in the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College, focusing on music production in the School of Media Arts & Studies.
A long time enthusiast of sounds, he discovered a passion for music production and sound design in high school.
When not in class he enjoys working on creative projects and keeping himself busy with audio related tasks. He is working as the Head Engineer for Ohio University’s School of Music, Assistant Engineer at 3 Elliot Studio, and Assistant Audio Supervisor for Ohio University’s Immersive Media Initiative.
Michael’s involvement in AES began his Freshman year when he started attending Ohio University’s section meetings. Sophomore year he attended the Central Indiana Audio Student Workshop, followed by the 137th International AES Convention in Los Angeles. His experiences at these events inspired him to pursue leadership roles in the AES community and to encourage others to get involved.
From time to time Michael steps away from audio work to go outside and get some fresh air.
SDA Vice Chair - Europe & International Regions
Angelika Podoła is pursuing her master's degree in Acoustics at Adam MIckiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.
She received a bachelor's degree in sound engineering at Adam Mickiewicz University as well as a bachelor's degree in viola performance at the Music Academy. She has played violin and viola since her childhood, almost 19 years. During this period of time, she has played with orchestras in Poland, Germany, England, and the United States.
In 2014 she became a member of the AES student section in Poznan, where she was involved in forming this section from very beginning. While she was living in NYC she had an opportunity to attend an AES meeting there. She saw how the section was run and she shared this experience to help organize the AES student section in Poznan. These experiences inspired her to pursue leadership roles in the AES.
Right now she focuses more on acoustics in medicine and researching human lung auscultation sounds and their adventitious lung sounds as respiratory sounds, but in her free time she tries to combine her musician background with a passion for soundtrack and music production.