Director, ATEC PhD Program
Areas of Specializationsound design, interactive and digital arts, aesthetics of digital audiovisual design, history of contemporary music, history of electo-acoustic music
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.