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 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 a master exchange student at Carl von Ossietzky University, Oldenburg, Germany. At the same time she 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 University of 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.
SDA Vice Chair - North & Latin America
Mitchell Graham is a junior at the Univeristy of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, studying sound engineering in the Department of Performing Arts Technology.
He has always had a passion for music, picking up several instruments at a young age. He started working as an intern at a local music venue at age 14, and was quickly promoted to front-of-house engineer for performances. Mitchell currently works in the University of Michigan’s audio studios where in addition to recording students and faculty, he teaches certification courses for the audio facilities.
Joining AES was an easy choice for Mitchell as he searched for opportunities to continue to grow and give back to the audio community. After joiningthe University of Michigan’s student section in 2014, hehas used his time in the organization to make an impact on his campus and the greater AES community. He currently serves as the Chair of his section and has attended every AES Convention since the 139th in New York City.
In his spare time, Mitchell can be found in his living room studio, lovingly called “Raisin Toast Records,” where he produces, records, and makes music with friends and members of the Ann Arbor/Detroit music scene who love music and life as much as he does.