Frank Dufour

Frank Dufour

Professor Emeritus
Tags: Emerging Media Art Communication & Culture

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Science of Information and Communication
University of Paris VIII - 2004

Research Areas

Personal Profile

Sound Design |  Interactive and Digital Arts | Aesthetics of Digital Audiovisual Design | History of Contemporary Music | History of Electo-Acoustic Music


Dufour Frank , “Approche écologique de la perception des dimensions temporelles de la musique et des arts”, Topics in Universals in Music, edited by Jean-Luc Leroy.  Paris: Edition des Archives Contemporaines (2012) 176-183 2012 - Publication
Dufour Frank, Nancy Rebal, David Searcy, Wave-mechanical Aspects of Forgiveness Interactive Audiovisual Installation, Sonic Architectonic, Visual Arts Gallery, The University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas Texas (February 2012) 2012 - Publication
Dufour Frank, Lee Dufour, Acoustic Shadows Interactive Audiovisual Installation, Center for the Creative Connections, Dallas Museum of Art (November 2011-April 2012) 2012 - Publication
Dufour Frank, “Acoustic Shadows an Auditory exploration of the Sense of Space”, Sound Effects, an Interdisciplinary Journal of Sound and Sound experience.Volume 1. Aarhus University Press. Denmark. (August 2011) 2011 - Publication
Dufour Frank, Hardee Gary, Zielke Marjorie, Creating Micro-expressions and Nuanced Nonverbal Communication in Synthetic Cultural Characters and Environments, (Paper to be presented at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference, Orlando, Florida (I/ITSEC) Nov 28- Dec 1 2011) 2011 - Publication
Dufour Frank, Lee Dufour, Soft Thresholds Concert, Cit de la Musique, Marseille, France (February 2011) 2011 - Publication
Dufour Frank, Lee Dufour, Acoustic Shadows Interactive Audiovisual Installation, Fondation Vasarely, Aix en Provence, France (April-May 2011) 2011 - Publication
Dufour Frank, Designing Sound for non-narrative films, paper presented at the Music and the Moving Image Conference, New York University, New York (May 2011) 2011 - Publication


University of Texas at Dallas [2006–2006]
Assistant Professor
University of Texas at Dallas [2006–Present]
Assistant Professor
Universit du Sud Toulon Var [2004–2005]
Program Coordinator
College of Design Art'Com, Casablanca, Morroco [2001–2003]
Translator and local advisor in Morocco
Brown, Vence and Associates, 20 Montgomery Street Suite 1000 San Francisco, CA 94104-4342 United States [2001–2003]
Assistant Professor
Universit Paris XIII [1998–2000]
Universit Paris XIII [1998–2000]
Universit Paris XIII [1998–2000]
Audio Productions Director and Founder
Cit de Mmoire, Paris, France [1992–1994]
Artistic Director for Audio Productions
French National Library [1992–1994]


Acoustic Shadows
2018–2018 Audiovisual Interactive Installation at the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Texas
Art and Technology: Representations of Time
2013–2018 Talk at the Dallas Contemporary.

Additional Information

Director of Audiovisual, Cite de memoire, 1992-94
Professional Recognitions, honors, memberships
  • [Member], [1990-1992], [Audio Engineering Society]
  • [Author of the Interactive Multimedia Fiction, Sale Temps, selected for the New Talents Pavillion], [February 1996], [MILIA, Cannes, France]
  • [Member and co-director], [2004-present], [Laboratory Musique et Informatique de Marseille, France]
  • [Member], [2007·Present], [American Society for Acoustic Ecology]
  • [Reviewer], [2007·Present], [The Leonardo Musical Journal]
Personal Statement

Frank Dufour has been employed as a sound technician at the Archives of the French National Radio for nine years, from 1983 to 1992. He was in charge of the restoration of historical recordings.

In 1992, he created 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. As Multimedia Designer, he was one of the three authors of the first Hypermedia interactive narrative issued in France, a CD-ROM called "Sale temps," and has authored numerous interactive 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, René Descartes from 1985-1996, where he taught the History of Audiovisual Technologies. He has also taught at the Universities of Paris-Villetaneuse and Paris-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" in which he is conducting researches 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 -- conducted in relation with the Dallas International School. The second application is dedicated to the translation of images into sounds and music -- conducted in relation with the Dallas Museum of Art. Frank Dufour has also been involved in the "First Person Cultural Trainer" project developed for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command and Joint Forces Command.

News Articles

ATEC Prof Stages Audiovisual Exhibit in France
ATEC Prof Stages Audiovisual Exhibit in France With a new exhibition in France, Dr. Frank Dufour, assistant professor of sound design in UT Dallas’ Arts and Technology (ATEC) program, has officially gone global. “Acoustic Shadows: An Exploration of Sense of Space” is an experimental interactive sound installation Dufour created alongside wife Kristin Lee through the entity Agency 5970. The piece is currently on display at The Vasarely Foundation in Aix-en-Provence, France. Dufour worked on the sound and music aspects, while his wife tackled the visual side. Two ATEC graduate students have been working with the Dufours: PhD student Sherri Segovia as choreographer and graduate student Djakhangir Zakhidov as videographer.
Profs Exhibit Combines Art, Science and Technology
Profs Exhibit Combines Art, Science and Technology Using the ancient myth of Orpheus, video projection and three-dimensional sound, a UT Dallas professor is examining the relationship of sound to perception of movement in Acoustic Shadows, an Exploration of the Sense of Space. Acoustic Shadows is an audio-visual immersive and interactive installation that depicts Orpheus surrounded by shadows of the underworld consumed by the shadow of his wife, Eurydice. In the myth, the gifted and musical Orpheus travels to the underworld after his wife dies to beg Hades to allow his wife to return to earth. After violating a condition made by Hades, Orpheus loses his wife forever.Dr. Frank Dufour worked on the project with his wife, Kristin Lee Dufour, a creative art director and international consultant for visual communications.


Associate Member
SicLab-Méditerranée. University Côte d'Azur, Nice, France