David currently lectures in music and digital sound at James Cook University School of Creative Arts (SoCA). David’s doctoral study was on the talempong musical tradition of West Sumatra. He was a contributing author to the 1999 publication Walk In Splendor Part I (Ceremonies And Their Traditional Music And Drama)", for the Fowler Museum at UCLA.
His research interests include North Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait performers of contemporary and traditional music. His book Tali nan Bapilin Tigo (three strings entwined): A study of the Minangkabau Talempong tradition in West Sumatra, Indonesia was published in 2009.