Dr Dave Moffat
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Dr Dave Moffat

Lecturer in Sound and Music Computing

School of Humanities and Performing Arts (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)

Biography

Biography

David Moffat is a lecturer in Sound and Music Computing. He is also a collaborator on the RadioMe project. His research focuses is on intelligent and assistive mixing and audio production tools through the implementation of semantic tools and machine learning. He received his PhD, from Queen Mary University London, on the topic of sound effect synthesis and evaluation. He has since developed new methods and approaches for sound synthesis, from this understanding of the field. He received an MSc in Digital Music Processing from Queen Mary University of London, and a BSc in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science from University of Edinburgh.

Qualifications

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

PhD in Computer Science and Audio, Queen Mary University of London.

Diploma in Researcher Development, Queen Mary University of London.

MSc (Dist.) in Digital Signal Processing, Queen Mary University of London.

BSc(Hons.) in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science, University of Edinburgh.

Roles on external bodies

Vice Chair, Audio Engineering Society Technical Committee on Semantic Audio Analysis

Committee Member, Audio Engineering Society UK Section

Digital Audio Effects Conference Paper Chair - September 2019

ACM Audio Mostly Conference Committee Member - August 2017

Chair, Audio Engineering Society (AES) Student Delegate Assembly (Europe and International) - June 2016 - May 2017

Vice Chair, AES Student Delegate Assembly - May 2015 - June 2016

Conference Committee, AES 61st Conference, Audio for Games - February 2016

AES Education Committee Member - May 2015 - Present

Member of The Audio Engineering Society (AES)

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Reviewer for AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council)
Reviewer for the following journals: 
MDPI Signals, MDPI Electronics, Leonardo Journal, Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language, and 
Journal of Open Research Software, EURASIP Journal on Audio, Speech, and Music Processing

and Reviewer for the following conferences:
Web Audio Conference, International Conference on Digital Audio Effects, Audio Engineering Society Convention, Audio Mostly Conference, Computer Music Multidisciplinary Research Conference, and Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM SIGGRAPH).
Teaching

Teaching

Teaching interests

Research Student Supervision

Satvik Venkatesh – PhD Second Supervisor

Clive Mead – PhD Second Supervisor

Samuel Pearce-Davies – PhD Second Supervisor 

Ned Fellenor – ResM Second Supervisor

Programme/Module Delivery

Programme Leader of the BSc Computing Audio and Music Technology degree programme.

Computer Programming for Interactive Sound and Music (MUZ606) - Lecturer

Creative System Design and Build (CAMT402) - Lecturer

Introduction to Programming (CAMT403) - Module Leader and Lecturer

Audio Engineering (CAMT404) - Module Leader and Lecturer

Negotiated Dissertation/Project (MUZ602) - Dissertation Supervisor


Research

Research

Research interests

My research interests include audio production technology, artificial intelligence, real time and live mixing tools and DSP, machine learning and deep learning, sound synthesis, procedural audio, music information retrieval (MIR), source separation, audio engineering technology, genetic algorithms, audio effects and real time analysis and manipulation of audio. Perceptive, qualitative and objective measures and metrics for the evaluation of audio technologies.

Publications

Publications

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Venkatesh S, Moffat D & Miranda ER (2021) 'Investigating the Effects of Training Set Synthesis for Audio Segmentation of Radio Broadcast' Electronics 10, (7) Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Lefford MN, Bromham G, Fazekas G & Moffat D (2021) 'Context Aware Intelligent Mixing Systems' Journal of the Audio Engineering Society 69, (3) 128-141 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Martinez Ramirez M, Stoller D & Moffat D (2021) 'A Deep Learning Approach to Intelligent Drum Mixing with the Wave-U-Net' Journal of the Audio Engineering Society 69, (3) 142-151 Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Wilmering T, Moffat D, Milo A & Sandler MB (2020) 'A History of Audio Effects' Applied Sciences 10, (3) Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Moffat D & Sandler MB (2019) 'Approaches in Intelligent Music Production' Arts 8, (4) , DOI Open access
Selfridge R, Moffat D, Avital EJ & Reiss JD (2018) 'Creating Real-Time Aeroacoustic Sound Effects Using Physically Derived Models' Journal of the Audio Engineering Society 66, 594-607 , DOI Open access
Moffat D & Reiss JD (2018) 'Perceptual Evaluation of Synthesized Sound Effects' ACM Transactions on Applied Perception (TAP) 15, (2) 19-19 , DOI
Selfridge R, Moffat D & Reiss JD (2017) 'Sound Synthesis of Objects Swinging Through Air Using Physical Models' Applied Sciences 7, (11) , DOI
Turchet L, Moffat D, Tajadura-Jiménez A, Reiss JD & Stockman T (2016) 'What do your footsteps sound like? An investigation on interactive footstep sounds adjustment' Applied Acoustics 111, 77-85 , DOI
Chapters
Moffat D (2021) 'AI Music Mixing Systems' in Miranda ER Handbook of Artifical Intelligence and Music Springer
Moffat D, Selfridge R & Reiss JD (2019) 'Sound Effect Synthesis' in Filimowicz M Foundations in Sound Design for Interactive Media: A Multidisciplinary Approach Routledge
Conference Papers
Venkatesh S, Moffat D, Kirke A, Shakeri G, Brewster S, Fachner J, Odell-Miller H, Street A, Farina N & Banerjee S (2021) 'Artificially Synthesising Data for Audio Classification and Segmentation to Improve Speech and Music Detection in Radio Broadcast' IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP) 6-/-0/20216-/-0/2021IEEE Publisher Site , DOI Open access
Mead C, Moffat D & Miranda ER (2020) 'Composing, Recording and Producing with Historical Equipment and Instrument Models' Audio Engineering Society 149th Convention 0-/-1/20200-/-1/2020Publisher Site Open access
Lefford MN, Bromham G & Moffat D (2020) 'Mixing with Intelligent Mixing Systems: Evolving Practices and Lessons from Computer Assisted Design' 148 Convention of the Audio Engineering Society Publisher Site Open access
Venkatesh S, Moffat D & Miranda ER (2019) 'RadioMe: Artificially Intelligent Radio for People with Dementia' Digital Music Research Network One-day Workshop: DMRN+14 Open access
Moffat D & Sandler MB (2019) 'An Automated Approach to the Application of Reverberation' Audio Engineering Society Convention 147 New York, USA , DOI
Moffat D & Sandler MB (2019) 'Machine Learning Multitrack Gain Mixing of Drums' Audio Engineering Society Convention 147 New York, USA , DOI
Bromham G, Moffat D, Barthet M, Danielsen A & Fazekas G (2019) 'The Impact of Audio Effects Processing on the Perception of Brightness and Warmth' ACM Audio Mostly Conference ACM Nottingham, UK , DOI
Moffat D & Sandler MB (2019) 'Automatic Mixing Level Balancing Enhanced through Source Interference Identification' Audio Engineering Society Convention 146 Dublin, Ireland , DOI
Moffat D & Sandler MB (2018) 'Adaptive Ballistics Control of Dynamic Range Compression for Percussive Tracks' Audio Engineering Society Convention 145 New York, USA
Bromham G, Moffat D, Fazekas G, Barthet M & Sandler MB (2018) 'The impact of compressor ballistics on the perceived style of music' Audio Engineering Society Convention 145 New York, USA
Moffat D & Reiss JD (2018) 'Objective Evaluations of Synthesised Environmental Sounds' Proc. 21th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx-18) Aveiro, Portugal
Moffat D, Thalmann F & Sandler MB (2018) 'Towards a Semantic Web Representation and Application of Audio Mixing Rules' Proceedings of the 4th Workshop on Intelligent Music Production (WIMP) Huddersfield, Uk
Moffat D, Ronan D & Reiss JD (2017) 'Unsupervised Taxonomy of Sound Effects' Proc. 20th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx-17) DAFx-17 Edinburgh, UK.
Selfridge R, Moffat D & Reiss JD (2017) 'Physically Derived Sound Synthesis Model of a Propeller' ACM Audio Mostly Conference London, UK , DOI
Selfridge R, Moffat D, Reiss JD & Avital EJ (2017) 'Real-Time Physical Model for an Aeolian Harp' Proc. 24th International Congress on Sound and Vibration London, UK
Selfridge R, Moffat D & Reiss JD (2017) 'Real-Time Physical Model for Synthesis of Sword Swing Sounds' Helsinki, Finland
Moffat D & Reiss JD (2016) 'Perceptual evaluation of synthesised sound effects' DMRN+11: Digital Music Research Network Workshop London, UK
De Man B, Jillings N, Moffat D, Reiss JD & Stables R (2016) 'Subjective comparison of music production practices using the Web Audio Evaluation Tool' 2nd AES Workshop on Intelligent Music Production London, UK
Jillings N, De Man B, Moffat D & Reiss JD (2016) 'Web Audio Evaluation Tool: A framework for subjective assessment of audio' Proc. 2nd Web Audio Conference Web Audio Conference
Moffat D & Reiss JD (2016) 'Implementation and Assessment of Joint Source Separation and Dereverberation' Proc. Audio Engineering Society Conference: 60th International Conference: DREAMS (Dereverberation and Reverberation of Audio, Music, and Speech) Audio Engineering Society , DOI
Mengual L, Moffat D & Reiss JD (2016) 'Modal Synthesis of Weapon Sounds' Proc. Audio Engineering Society Conference: 61st International Conference: Audio for Games Audio Engineering Society
Moffat D, Ronan D & Reiss JD (2015) 'An Evaluation of Audio Feature Extraction Toolboxes' Proc. 18th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx-15) DAFx-15
Ronan D, Moffat D, Gunes H & Reiss JD (2015) 'Automatic Subgrouping of Multitrack Audio' Proc. 18th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx-15) DAFx-15
Jillings N, De Man B, Moffat D & Reiss JD (2015) 'Web Audio Evaluation Tool: A Browser-Based Listening Test Environment' Proc. Sound and Music Computing 2015 Sound and Music Computing
Patents
Generation of Sound Synthesis Models. UK Patent 1718800.4
Other Publications
Moffat D & Reiss JD Generation of Sound Synthesis Models.
Personal

Personal

Conferences organised

Paper Chair Digital Audio Effects Conference (DAFx) - September 2019

ACM Audio Mostly Conference Committee Member - August 2017

Chair, Audio Engineering Society (AES) Student Delegate Assembly (Europe and International) - June 2016 - May 2017

Vice Chair, AES Student Delegate Assembly - May 2015 - June 2016 

Conference Committee, AES 61st Conference, Audio for Games - February 2016 

AES Education Committee Member - May 2015 - Present