Sound Design | Conceptual, Interactive & Digital Arts | Aesthetics of Digital Audiovisual Design | History of Contemporary Music | History of Electro-Acoustic Music | Artist : Agence 5970, co-founded with Kristin Lee Dufour
Education: PhD, University of Paris 8, France, 2004
Currently : Professor : The University of Texas at Dallas | Arts, Technology & Emerging Communication – Director of Doctoral Studies. Department Head for Sound Design.
Frank Dufour was born and educated in France, and moved to the United States in 2005 to join The University of Texas at Dallas. He has a vast professional experience within the Industry of sound engineering, beginning as a sound technician, at the Archives of the French National Radio for nine years, from 1983 to 1992. In this capacity, he was in charge of the restoration of numerous historical recordings.
In 1992, he founded one of the first all-digital recording studios in France, specialized in digital sound restoration for audio publications and sound design for animation movies and video productions. The studio created the sound effects for the TV series, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Prince Valliant, among other projects.
As a Multimedia Designer, he was one of the three authors of the first hypermedia interactive narrative, entitled, Sale Temps; winning numerous awards and recognition. In addition, Frank Dufour has authored numerous international interactive artistic publications.
Frank Dufour’s professional activities as a sound designer and multimedia designer have always been coupled with teaching activities. His first position was at the University of Paris V, René Descartes from 1985-1996, where he taught the History of Audiovisual Technologies. He has also taught at the Universities of Paris 13-Villetaneuse and Paris 8-Saint-Denis, and at the University du Sud Toulon Var, as an Assistant Professor, teaching Digital Sound Design and Hypermedia Design.
Frank Dufour currently is a member of the Laboratory “Musique et Informatique de Marseille” for which he is conducting research on the concept of Time Icons and on the relations between music and visual expressions. This research project has two main applications : The first is dedicated to the visualization of music and explores the use of images and animations, as a means to facilitate the understanding and appreciation of music. This research is conducted in relation with the Dallas International School. The second application is dedicated to the translation of images into sounds and music and is conducted in conjunction with the Dallas Museum of Art.
Agence5970 is an independent laboratory dedicated to conceptual art exploring ideas emerging at the conjunction of perception and representation. Within this practice, Time and memory become structural supports of expression.
Composed of the artist duo Frank Dufour & Lee Dufour, Agence5970 exists as a creative think-tank producing artworks and installations as well as projects in the domains of research, consulting, publishing, and collaborative programming.