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SDA Chair - Europe & International Regions
Simon-Claudius Wystrach was born in Germany in 1990. Although he had his first musical experiences taking violin lessons at a young age he became more serious about this hobby at the age of 15 when he picked up the bass guitar, later expanding his musical abilities to guitar and drums.
Simon-Claudius discovered his passion for recording music when he was 17 and began building up a home recording studio. Being a self-taught audio engineer and producer, he recorded numerous local bands, mixed live concerts and worked as a general consultant for music technology.
An interest in developing his skills led Simon-Claudius to the UK in 2010 where he studied ‘Music Technology’ in the Department of Electronics at the University of York. In 2012 he was elected Vice Chair of his university’s AES Student Section.
Shortly after finishing his Bachelor of Science degree in June 2013, Simon-Claudius was hired by Revolution Software as the Audio Director for the development of their new multi-platform video game ‘Broken Sword: The Serpent’s Curse’.
Since October 2014 Simon-Claudius is an MSc by Research student in the Audiolab at the University of York's Department of Electronics.
Simon-Claudius has a wide range of professional and research interests, including programming and software design, human-computer interaction, music and audio information retrieval, sound design for music and visual media, sound synthesis and of course music production. Outside of his musical career, he enjoys photography, videography, and graphic design.
Steven Van Dyne
SDA Chair - North & Latin America
Steven Van Dyne is a Senior at Ohio University's Media Arts & Studies school studying Audio Production.
He found a passion for all things audio at a young age. He loved creating and playing music, constantly tinkered with music and recording gear growing up, and has sought to improve his craft since.
As a student at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, he enjoys immersing himself in audio projects and jobs all the time. He runs his own mobile 16 channel multitrack recording studio, and focuses on Ohio based artists' music and classical music. He also holds two jobs there, as the head recording engineer of the OU School of Music and the assistant maintenance and equipment supervisor of the Scripps College of Communication.
Steven is also driven to help his fellow students better themselves in their audio careers, and often invites underclassmen to assist him on his own projects. "Giving back" is important to him, because like many audio engineers, he also learned a great deal from his more-experienced peers.
Besides doing audio work, Steven also enjoys his dog, going to concerts, good food, science fiction movies, and playing guitar in his ska/punk/rock band the Nuddhist Monks.
Brecht De Man
SDA Vice 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.
He helped organise Up Your Output!, an AES student event in London, and will be chairing the event in 2015.
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.