UP! Committee

Up Your Output! 2018 Committee

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BenMosleyBen Mosley (Leeds Beckett University)

Ben Mosley is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds Beckett University specialising in Audio Engineering and Acoustics. He is Course Leader for the BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering course and teaches across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate audio and acoustics modules. After graduating from the University of Derby’s Music Technology and Audio System Design course in the early 2000’s, he worked as an installation engineer, installing recording studios and music technology suites for a range of private sector and educational institutions across the UK. Ben continues to work as a recording engineer and acoustician. He is an associate member of the Institute of Acoustics and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is currently studying for a DEng in sustainable acoustics and researching into audio education and green audio.



Mariana Lopez (University of York)

Mariana Lopez has a background in music, sound design and acoustics. Her MA dissertation (University of York) focused on exploring the creation of a new format of sonic art entitled ‘audio film’ that may be considered as an alternative to Audio Description for visually impaired audiences.  In 2013 she completed her PhD at the University of York on the importance of virtual acoustics to further our understanding of medieval drama.

In 2014 Mariana joined the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE, Anglia Ruskin University) as a Senior Research Fellow.  In 2016 she moved to York to start a position as Lecturer in Sound Production and Post Production at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television (University of York).

Mariana is the Principal Investigator for the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project ‘Enhancing Audio Description’ and the British Academy funded project ‘The Soundscapes of the York Mystery Plays’.

Mariana is also active in the field of sound design, having worked on a number of short films and theatre productions.


Paul Thompson (Leeds Beckett University)

Paul has worked as a professional recording engineer for over 10 years, in and around Liverpool. His work has been played on BBC6 Music, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4 and on independent radio stations across Europe and the USA. Paul has worked with local, national and international artists including Ellen and the Escapades, Stephen Langstaff, Marcus Bonfanti, Lights that Change and Tammy Rochelle. His most recent work includes engineering on ‘Compañeros’, the latest studio album from Ian Prowse for Learpholl Recordings (2015).

He currently teaches music technology in the community, studio production and acoustics on the BSc Music Technology, BSc Audio Engineering and BA Music Production programmes. His doctoral research investigated creativity and collaboration inside the recording studio and his on-going research interests include popular music and audio education, informal music learning practices, creativity and cultural production in popular music. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, an associate member of the Institute of Acoustics and a member of the Music Producer’s Guild.


Past Committee Members:

Past Chair – Professor Chris Barlow


Dr Barlow studied Music at the University of Sheffield and Music Technology at the University of York.  He worked in the recording industry, as a recording engineer for in classical music.    Always interested in the science of sound, Chris moved into acoustics for his PhD at the University of York,  specialising in voice and speech analysis.   He completed in 2003 to work in a postdoctoral research fellowship in Music Technology at Leeds College of Music.  He then moved to Southampton Solent University in 2004 as a lecturer in audio engineering, was made Reader in 2009, Associate Professor in 2012 and Professor in 2016.  Particular interests include audio production, sound design, spatial audio and sound for video games, with recent projects focusing on spatial audio and sound for virtual reality.    He also has particular interests in hearing conservation and hearing loss in the music industry.

Chris is Chair of the South of England group of the Audio Engineering Society, sits on the Southern Branch committee of the Institute of Acoustics, and also on the UK National Executive of the Audio Engineering Society.


Past Chair – Marcos Simon Galvez


Dr Marcos Simón is a 3D audio scientist within the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research. Marcos Simón graduated in 2010 from the Technical University of Madrid with a BSc in telecommunications. After a short time working in video engineering, he came to the University of Southampton, where he pursued an MSc in Sound and Vibration. In ISVR, he got a PhD working in personal audio with loudspeaker arrays for improving speech intelligibility in hard of hearing people, and also in the modelling of cochlear mechanics. He is currently working on the S3A spatial audio program “Future Spatial Audio for an Immersive Listening Experience at Home”. In 2013 he has been awarded with the IOA young persons’ award for innovation in acoustical engineering and the Sociedad Española de Acústica (Spanish Acoustical Society) Andrés Lara prize for young scientists. He has interests in binaural audio and is quite keen about funk, flamenco and motorcycles.”

Past Chair – Simon-Claudius Wystrach

simon-claudius Simon-Claudius Wystrach is a media technologist, engineer and researcher. Drawing from his wide background in fields such as audio engineering, music production, electronics, computer science and visual media he is currently undertaking an MSc By Research in the Audio Lab of the University of York’s Department of Electronics.
Apart from being a freelance Audio Engineer, Simon-Claudius is an experienced Sound Designer and Audio Programmer and has recently worked as Audio Director for Revolution Software developing the multi-platform video game ‘Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse’.
His professional and research interests further include programming and software engineering, human-computer interaction, music and audio information retrieval, video production and photography, and visual and mechanical design.
Simon-Claudius is an active AES Member having held multiple positions within the organisation. He just finished his term as Chair for Europe and International Regions of the AES Student Delegate Assembly and is Chair of the AES York UK Student Section. As such, Simon has been involved in organising and running AES Conventions, earlier editions of ‘Up Your Output!’ and other AES events around the world.

Nikolay Georgiev Founder – Nikolay Georgiev (SAE Institute London)

Nikolay Georgiev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. At 15 he made his first four-track recording and since then has been recording and mixing projects from classical, rock, electronic and experimental avant-garde music. Nikolay’s educational profile includes an undergraduate course in general engineering at the Technical University of Sofia, first class honours degree in Philosophy at the University of Sofia (with additonal specialisation at Universität des Saarlandes, Germany) and a 2-year course in Audio Engineering at SAE Institute London. He now works as a Music Producer, Recording Engineer and an internal and 3rd party Plug-in Developer for Acustica Audio‘s Acqua platform and represents the company in the UK. Nikolay also holds a position as an Audio and Music Production Lecturer at SAE Institute London. As student liaison and events coordinator, Nik chaired the first two editions of the annual Up Your Output! event — the UK’s first in many years designated specifically for Student Members.

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