Dianne Ballon’s online lecture ‘The Art of Sound: Recordings on the Coast of Maine’

The Rockland Public Library presents Dianne Ballon, Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. This event is free and open to everyone.

Sound artist Dianne Ballon has been working in sound for over 35 years. She received a Maine Artist Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission. Instead of returning to the Arctic where she recorded sound, the price and the limitations of the pandemic gave her the opportunity to focus on her coastal sound series at her home on the coast of Maine. Through the sound work she has recorded and mixed over the past fellowship year, Dianne will introduce listeners to the beauty and richness of sound. She will share the stories behind the sounds, including the difficulties of field recording and the discovery of a ‘lost’ sound.

About her series of coastal sounds, she writes: “The series includes my Boat creaks on a wharf in Iceland, recorded in a small port in the fjords of northwest Iceland. Each port has its own distinct sound. Rocked by the movement of the water, the pull of the tide and a variable touch of wind, the boats create a series of spellbinding sounds. The sounds are introspective: both crisp and sweet, calm and busy, rhythmic yet random and painfully beautiful.

To experience the high fidelity of the sound that will be presented, high-quality headphones or speakers are highly recommended, according to RPL in a press release.

Dianne Ballon is a sound artist. His sound works have been broadcast on National Public Radio’s All things Considered. She received a Maine Artist Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission. During her artist residency at Shenandoah National Park, she created a sound portrait for the park. At the Goethe Institut, she presented her sound installation Dreams about musical instruments. At the Newseum, she produced the audio for the national exhibition The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War. She won an award in an international radio art competition for her field recording of creaking boats on a wharf in Iceland. She produces audio for Tactile Images, a company that creates artwork for museums accessible to the blind through touch and sound. For more than ten years, she was a member of the teaching and production team of the National Audio Theater Festivals. At the University of Maine at Augusta, she taught audio production and radio drama. 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 and Design.

This event will take place via Zoom. Seating will also be available in the Library’s Community Room to watch the Zoom call on screen, with high-quality speakers; the Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union Street. For more information or Zoom links, please email [email protected] by 4 p.m. June 23 and identify the event you would like to attend in the subject line.

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