David William Novack

David William Novack


With a PhD in Media Arts and a dissertation entitled "SOUND DESIGN FOR FILM: LIBERATING FROM IMAGE, SEDUCING SURRENDER", Dr. Novack is a specialist in film sound theory with strong interests in the areas of phenomenology, embodied cognition and neurocinematics. His content study was the first to elaborate on desired outcomes of sound design with qualitative and quantitative empirical evidence. Dr. Novack is also a documentary filmmaker, a film sound mixer with dozens of film in his credits, and sound designer for a variety of applications. He holds an engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania, where he taught film sound for nine years, before joining Lusofona University in Portugal in 2018. Dr. Novack also hold a certificate in music production and engineering from Berklee College of Music.


  • Doutoramento
    Arte dos Media (associação)
  • Bachelor
    Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Postgraduate Certificate
    Music Production and Engineering


Magazine article

  • 2015-03-08, Finding Babel: Fiction and Non-fiction Blend in Documentary Film

Journal article

  • 2010, Climate Chess: Chronicling the Copenhagen Convention, Documentary Magazine

Thesis / Dissertation

  • 2022, PhD, Sound design for film: liberating from image, seducing surrender

Book chapter

  • 2023, Sound Aesthetics in Cinema: a rupture with diegetic theory, A Experiência Sonora - Da Linearidade à Circularidade, Sistema Solar CRL (Documenta)

Sound design

  • 2023-10-15, Shadows of Ourselves / Animated Film Sound Design, Pedro Serrazina
  • 2021-10-10, Space Messengers 360^ / SOUND DESIGN

Artistic performance

  • 2023-06-02, All Static & Noise / Documentary Film
  • 2016, Finding Babel / Documentary Film Director
  • 2009, Kimjongilia / Documentary Film Producer
  • 2008-04-22, Burning The Future: Coal in America / Documentary Film Director


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