David Woodard (born April 6, 1964 in Santa Barbara, California) is an American businessman. During the late 1990s Woodard coined the term prequiem (abbreviation of preemptive-requiem), a neologism that describes his Buddhist enterprise of composing and rendering a dedicated piece of music to be conducted during or slightly before its subject's physical death. The year 2005 found him objecting to "nonsense that has come to define Western culture." He is widely known for his copies of the Dreamachine, which have been exhibited in art museums throughout the world. In Germany he is known for contributions to the literary journal Der Freund, including writings on inter-species karma and Nueva Germania, Paraguay.
David Woodard studied at University of California, Santa Barbara, The New School for Social Research, Columbia University, San Francisco State University, and San Francisco Conservatory of Music.