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Bell finds a Companion in LIPA

White Mark’s renowned acoustician David Bell was recently given the title of LIPA Companion by the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts at its graduation day last month.

David Bell, who is also featured in this week’s PSN-eStudio report, is founding director of studio design consultancy White Mark Ltd, and was conferred the title of LIPA Companion at the institute’s graduation day on July 29th, which was also attended by Sir Paul McCartney. His career in music 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. Bell (pictured far left) also helped specify and design the BBC’s first digital production facilities; and worked for SSL on algorithm development and control surface programming language creation. In 1997, Bell formed White Mark Ltd with Derek Buckingham and Alan Cundell, and the company’s science-based approach to acoustic and technical design has seen them land a string of major international clients. White Mark has just completed two new audio rooms at Wave in London, and a mastering studio for Soy’s Extreme Music, also in London; and Bell and his team are currently working on a huge film studio project in Russia, as well as some advertising agency work in New York City and Singapore; and a radio station and music studio in the Middle East. “David has had a very long association with LIPA, starting even before the building was officially opened. He was part of the original team involved in the design and build of our six-studio complex,” says Jon Thornton, who heads LIPA’s three-year BA (Hons) sound technology course. “Since he and Derek went on to form White Mark, David has maintained this link, delivering guest lectures as part of the studio design module taken by final year students. It’s this long-standing relationship and commitment to the student learning experience that we are acknowledging by making him a LIPA Companion.” Bell says he sees the recognition as a privilege and is always more than happy to be able to put something back into the industry by educating the next generation. “All of us at White Mark are committed to education,” he says. “Discussing topics with students and answering their questions challenges us by making us think about what we do.”