The Art of Sound: Recordings on the Coast of Maine
Thursday, January 20
6:30 – 7:30 pm

via Zoom

Sound artist Dianne Ballon has been working in sound for over thirty-five years. In 2021, she was awarded a Maine Artist Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission for her work. In lieu of returning to the Arctic where she has recorded sound in the past, the award and the limitations imposed by the pandemic gave her the opportunity to focus on her coastal sound series at home, on the coast of Maine.
Of her coastal sound series, she writes, “The series includes my Boats Creaking at a Dock in Iceland, recorded in a tiny harbor in the northwestern fjords of Iceland. Each harbor has its own distinct sound. Rocked by the motion of water, the pull of the tide, and a variable touch of wind, the boats create a mesmerizing series of sounds. The sounds are introspective: both sharp and smooth, quiet and busy, rhythmic yet random and achingly beautiful.”
In this presentation, Dianne will introduce listeners to the beauty and the richness of sound through the sound work she has recorded over the past fellowship year. She will share the stories behind the sounds, including the difficulties of field recording and the discovery of a “lost” sound. Join us for a fascinating evening that will be unlike any you’ve ever heard before! To experience the high fidelity of sound that will be presented: headphones or good quality speakers are highly recommended.


Dianne Ballon is a sound artist. Her sound works have aired on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. She was awarded a 2021 Maine Artist Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission. During her Artist-in-Residency at Shenandoah National Park, she created a sound portrait for the park. At the Goethe Institute, she presented her sound installation Musical Instrument Dreams. At the Newseum, she produced audio for the national exhibition The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War. At the 60 Seconds Radio international radio art competition, she was awarded for her field recording of boats creaking at a dock in Iceland. She produces audio for 3-D PhotoWorks, a company that creates fine art for museums which is accessible to the blind through touch and sound. For over ten years, she was a member of the teaching and production staff at the National Audio Theatre Festivals. At the University of Maine at Augusta, she has taught audio production and radio theatre. Currently, she teaches audio to podcasters and producers through the Podcast Garage in Boston and the SALT Institute for Documentary Studies at Maine College of Art.

This program is free and open to all.

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