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Brecht De Man
SDA Chair - Europe & International Regions
Brecht De Man is a PhD student at the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary University of London.
Hailing from Belgium, he received a Master in Electronic Engineering from the University of Ghent, with an emphasis on acoustics and digital signal processing. Eighteen years after first setting foot in a recording studio, he seeks to combine this engineering background with a passion for music production, and investigates and develops intelligent audio effects and autonomous mixing systems.
He started playing music at a young age, and has been the principal sound engineer for many festivals and concerts from his teenage years onwards. Current activities include playing piano in jazz ensembles, being a recording engineer in and around London, and clapping his hands in indoor spaces whilst listening intently.
In 2013, Brecht woke up the dormant London UK student section, which has since grown to over a hundred members under his chairmanship.
He is a committee member of the British Section and chair of Up Your Output! 2016, an international AES student event in London, after being vice chair of the 2015 edition.
At the moment, he is unable to think of any hobbies or activities that do not involve sound.
SDA Vice 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 Vice 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.