Listening to Paintings: ATEC to Present Soundscapes

Students Create Auditory Works Suggested by Dallas Museum of Art Selections

May 12, 2009

In a creative blending of sense experiences, students in UT Dallas’ Arts and Technology (ATEC) program will present their soundscapes to go with works at the Dallas Museum of Art on Friday, May 15, at 8 p.m.

Students in Dr. Frank Dufour’s Sound Design for Interactive Applications course were commissioned by Nicole Stutzman, director of learning partnerships with schools and the community at the museum, to compose soundscapes or auditory translations for a selection of paintings from the DMA’s permanent collection.

This collaboration marks the second time ATEC students have been invited to create sound-design projects inspired by paintings, sculptures, and other art objects at the DMA and to present them at the museum with the actual art that inspired them.

This upcoming presentation will be held in conjunction with the DMA’s Late Nights program, held on the third Friday of each month, when the museum is open until midnight. General admission is $10 or less, and DMA members and children under 12 are admitted free.

The Audio Tour will start at 8 p.m. in the Center of Creative Connections. The visitors will be lead by UT Dallas’ students through the galleries of the museum to the selected artworks, in front of which the soundscapes will be then played.

Students and Frank Dufour will explain the various options chosen to “translate” art into sounds and music.


Media Contact: Office of Media Relations, UT Dallas, (972) 883-2155, newscenter@utdallas.edu

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