UP! Organising Committee 

Professor Chris Barlow – Southampton Solent University

Dr Marcos Simon Galvez – ISVR, University of Southampton

Marc Oliver Bahl (Student chair) – Southampton Solent University

Dr Andrew Horsburgh – Southampton Solent University

Simon-Claudius Wystrach (past chair) – University of York

Nikolay Georgiev  (Founder) – SAE Institute/Acustica Audio

Co-Chair – Professor Chris Barlow


Dr Barlow studied Music at the University of Sheffield and Music Technology at the University of York.  He worked in the recording industry, as a recording engineer for in classical music.    Always interested in the science of sound, Chris moved into acoustics for his PhD at the University of York,  specialising in voice and speech analysis.   He completed in 2003 to work in a postdoctoral research fellowship in Music Technology at Leeds College of Music.  He then moved to Southampton Solent University in 2004 as a lecturer in audio engineering, was made Reader in 2009, Associate Professor in 2012 and Professor in 2016.  Particular interests include audio production, sound design, spatial audio and sound for video games, with recent projects focusing on spatial audio and sound for virtual reality.    He also has particular interests in hearing conservation and hearing loss in the music industry.

Chris is Chair of the South of England group of the Audio Engineering Society, sits on the Southern Branch committee of the Institute of Acoustics, and also on the UK National Executive of the Audio Engineering Society.

Co-Chair – Dr Marcos Simon Galvez


Dr Marcos Simón is a 3D audio scientist within the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research. Marcos Simón graduated in 2010 from the Technical University of Madrid with a BSc in telecommunications. After a short time working in video engineering, he came to the University of Southampton, where he pursued an MSc in Sound and Vibration. In ISVR, he got a PhD working in personal audio with loudspeaker arrays for improving speech intelligibility in hard of hearing people, and also in the modelling of cochlear mechanics. He is currently working on the S3A spatial audio program “Future Spatial Audio for an Immersive Listening Experience at Home”. In 2013 he has been awarded with the IOA young persons’ award for innovation in acoustical engineering and the Sociedad Española de Acústica (Spanish Acoustical Society) Andrés Lara prize for young scientists. He has interests in binaural audio and is quite keen about funk, flamenco and motorcycles.”



Student Chair – Marc Oliver Bahl   

Marc2 Marc is 26 years old and from Denmark.  He is currently studying Music production at Southampton Solent University, and works as an assistant engineer at Aubitt studios.  He has been working in music production for 10 years, and has worked with artists like Aliens from Earth, Marcos Bessa, Thomas Hansen & Michela Dybdal among others.




Organising Committee  – Dr Andrew Horsburgh

andrew-horsburghAndrew J. Horsburgh is a full time lecturer in media technology at Southampton Solent University.  He joined Solent University in August 2013 from the University of the West of Scotland.  Andrew’s responsibilities include sponsoring engagement between the media industry to foster student employability, and developing a wider profile for the four degree pathways.

Previous to lecturing Andrew was a freelance sound engineer.   His professional experience consists of providing sound system design, construction and installation, operation, and quality assurance across the UK. From 2006 until 2012 Andrew worked for the O2 Group, Analogue Live, A-Live Productions, Black Box Pro Audio, and the International Guitar Foundation as a freelance sound engineer.

Past Chair – Simon-Claudius Wystrach

simon-claudius Simon-Claudius Wystrach is a media technologist, engineer and researcher. Drawing from his wide background in fields such as audio engineering, music production, electronics, computer science and visual media he is currently undertaking an MSc By Research in the Audio Lab of the University of York’s Department of Electronics.
Apart from being a freelance Audio Engineer, Simon-Claudius is an experienced Sound Designer and Audio Programmer and has recently worked as Audio Director for Revolution Software developing the multi-platform video game ‘Broken Sword 5: The Serpent’s Curse’.
His professional and research interests further include programming and software engineering, human-computer interaction, music and audio information retrieval, video production and photography, and visual and mechanical design.
Simon-Claudius is an active AES Member having held multiple positions within the organisation. He just finished his term as Chair for Europe and International Regions of the AES Student Delegate Assembly and is Chair of the AES York UK Student Section. As such, Simon has been involved in organising and running AES Conventions, earlier editions of ‘Up Your Output!’ and other AES events around the world.

Nikolay Georgiev Founder – Nikolay Georgiev (SAE Institute London)

Nikolay Georgiev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. At 15 he made his first four-track recording and since then has been recording and mixing projects from classical, rock, electronic and experimental avant-garde music. Nikolay’s educational profile includes an undergraduate course in general engineering at the Technical University of Sofia, first class honours degree in Philosophy at the University of Sofia (with additonal specialisation at Universität des Saarlandes, Germany) and a 2-year course in Audio Engineering at SAE Institute London. He now works as a Music Producer, Recording Engineer and an internal and 3rd party Plug-in Developer for Acustica Audio‘s Acqua platform and represents the company in the UK. Nikolay also holds a position as an Audio and Music Production Lecturer at SAE Institute London. As student liaison and events coordinator, Nik chaired the first two editions of the annual Up Your Output! event — the UK’s first in many years designated specifically for Student Members.

For more information about UP!, to volunteer or to become a sponsor, please get in touch with 2017 chair Chris Barlow