Meet The Technicians

Fred Hollingsworth

Music Technician & Associate Lecturer

Fred is responsible for the organisation, staffing and resourcing of the Music technical team, in addition to taking a lead on all performance activities. He works closely with David to develop strategy and purchasing plans for the Music Studios and with Rob to instigate facility and equipment booking policies. His primary teaching responsibility is on MUS1010 Studio Production.

Fred has 16 years of experience across recording studios, live sound, event production, broadcast, streaming and video production. He actively operates a freelance business, North East Audio, in addition to his roles at the university. He got his start as a musician and still likes to noodle away on various string instruments. He received a BSc (Hons) in Music Technology and Audio Systems from The University of Huddersfield, just before joining Newcastle University in 2013. He went on to receive a PGCE in Post-Compulsory Education and Training from Northumbria University in 2016 and achieved a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy the following year. He is a Member of the Institute for Science and Technology.

Fred’s academic interests are in active spatial audio, timbral classification, studio production and creative programming. His favourite piece of studio equipment is the Neve 8424 mixer.

Students should contact Fred if they wish to develop skills in sound engineering, want advice on their performance setups or need advice on any of the facilities at the university.

David de la Haye

Music Technician and Independent Sound Recordist

David is an award-winning technician, field recordist and musician. Recent works explore marine and freshwater soundscapes, and he continues to produce a portfolio career as an independent artist/researcher. He has held artist residencies and completed commissions for national organisations, mostly based around his interest in soundscape ecology. At Newcastle University, he manages the Music Studios and supports sound-based projects across the School of Arts and Cultures.

Enrolling as a bass player on the Jazz & Contemporary Music degree at Leeds College of Music, David later moved north to Newcastle. In 2004, he completed a studio-based postgraduate degree in ‘Glitch Music and Aesthetics of Failure’ at Newcastle University. After graduating, he became involved in the local underground music scene and as live sound engineer, before forming the ElectroFolk group Monster Ceilidh Band (now We Are The Monsters) and joining Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies.

David is an advocate of the Technician Commitment and a member of the Institute for Science and Technology. He was the first technician to ever receive a Pioneer Award and went on to be shortlisted for Times Higher Education ‘Outstanding Technician of the Year, 2020’. Other professional qualifications include City & Guilds Level 5, Leadership and Management, and his role of the Cultural Committee of Durham Council.

His current interests are in acoustic ecology, non-human listening, and immersive audio.

Students can contact David to discuss audio processing, studio production, electroacoustic techniques, or to offer friendly advice about a project. He’s even been known to provide bass in student recitals!

Rob Blazey

Music Technician & PhD Candidate

Rob is a musician and sound artist from Newcastle upon Tyne. He has a Masters in studio-based composition and is currently working towards a PhD. This is focused on the use of collage techniques in composition, performance and the creation of new instruments, interfaces and sound-art installations. He is interested in creative sampling, live electronic performance and turntablism amongst other things. His band Grey Tapes combines live drums, double bass and vocals with samplers and synths. He also enjoys recording and producing for himself and others.

Rob is responsible for running the equipment loans service and helping deliver sound tech support for concerts, events and recitals.

Rob has lectured on Digital Music Production, delivers one-to-one tuition in studio-based composition and live electronic performance and sometimes teaches tabla on the Indian Music in Practice module.

You can contact Rob directly for help with equipment loans, troubleshooting in the studios or music skills suite, or if you would like to discuss creative recording or live electronic performance projects.