Sir Paul McCartney (center) with newly named fellow companions of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (l-r): Mark Featherstone-Whitty, Steve Nester, David Bell, Caroline Ellery, Hannah Waddingham, Billy Ocean, Spencer Leigh and Chris Johnston.
Liverpool, UK (August 5, 2011)–UK acoustician David Bell has been conferred the title of LIPA Companion by the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
Bell, a founding director of UK studio design consultancy White Mark Ltd, graduated from Birmingham University with an honors degree in physics. His career in the sound technology industry began at EMI, where he worked on the earliest digital audio projects, culminating in the release of EMI’s first digitally mastered records for the LSO and John Williams’ band, Sky. He has also worked for the BBC, where he helped specify and design the Corporation’s first digital production facilities, and Solid State Logic, where he worked on algorithm development and control surface programming language creation. During this time, the team created the first continuously variable digital equalizers in the world.
An interest in acoustics and technical systems integration led to Bell joining Harris Grant Associates as technical director. In 1997, he established White Mark Ltd with partners Derek Buckingham and Alan Cundell.
Jon Thornton, who heads LIPA’s three-year BA (Hons) Sound Technology course, says, “David has had a very long association with LIPA, starting even before the building was officially opened. Together with Derek Buckingham, he was part of the original team involved in the design and build of our six-studio recording complex whilst at Harris Grant Associates. Since he and Derek went on to form White Mark, David has maintained this link, giving generously of his time by visiting at least once a year to deliver guest lectures as part of the Studio Design module taken by final year students. It is this long-standing relationship and commitment to the student learning experience that we are acknowledging by making him a LIPA Companion.”
LIPA Companionships are awarded in recognition of contributions to the world of arts and entertainment. All Companions are also committed to sharing their expertise with LIPA students and most have provided master classes at the Institute.