Having recently graduated with a degree in Music and Sound Recording (Tonmeister) from the Institute of Sound Recording at the University of Surrey, Dan has developed a large skill set ranging from spatial audio programming and electroacoustic design to classical recording techniques and acoustic analysis. Prior to undertaking a placement year at Charcoalblue in 2015-16 Dan completed work experience at Rolls Royce defence aerospace, and had previously operated sound and lighting for Stagecoach Theatre Arts.
At Charcoalblue Dan has pioneered our virtual and augmented reality design tools for use in auditorium and acoustic design, and has developed bespoke computer and mobile applications for use in digital and auditorium design.
Outside of Charcoalblue Dan continues to increase his experience in live sound, acting as sound engineer and stage manager for various musical events around the south-west of England, as well as performing in multiple musical groups.
Dan’s consultancy work for Charcoalblue includes work for Google, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Brighton Dome.
Elina and Dan set up a VR sightline demonstration.
Dan spearheads Charcoalblue’s research and development of new technologies including VR and AR design.
Dan and the Bristol team set up for the annual Battle of the Studios musical competition.
What's the greatest lesson you've learnt as a Theatre Consultant?
That it’s better to immerse yourself in a challenge than submit to an easy solution! The best innovations aren’t made by those looking for a quick fix, but by those with patience to not only find a solution but the best solution for the challenge at hand.
What first sparked your love of theatre or performing arts?
I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember and first started learning piano at age 12, but my affection for musical theatre was first realised when I played the role of Seymour Krelborn in my school's production of Little Shop of Horrors aged 15!
As for a favourite moment, I don’t think anything will ever beat having a 300 strong audience singing one of my own songs back to me in a small Bristol venue aged 16.
As a musician yourself, what qualities do you look for in a venue?
Appropriate acoustics, a good sound system and a great technical team all make for a great show, but a bar for the audience is a great help too!