BY EMILY WISE MILLER
FRANK DUFOUR’S ACOUSTIC BACKDROPS
ADD DEPTH AND DIMENSION TO MUSEUM SPACES.
hen I was eight, someone gave
me one of the first Philips
cassette recorders, and it started
an obsession with sound, time,
and memory,” says sound designer Frank
Dufour. Seven years ago, Dufour arrived in
Dallas to teach in the burgeoning Arts and
Technology department at the University
of Texas at Dallas, where he’s an associate
professor. But Dufour, a Frenchman, has
always had a passionate interest in museums.
As early as his first semester he broke out
of the academic mold and began designing
soundscapes for individual paintings at the
Dallas Museum of Art. This, in turn, led
him and a few of his graduate students to
more complex projects, such as designing the
sound for the exhibition Coastlines in 2010.