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Dianne Ballon

A sound artist with a passion for sound.
Member since 2001

Location

  • Portland, ME

Dianne is available for

Audio and radio production, editing, sound design, field recording. Teaching all aspects of audio production to podcasters and radio producers. Creating and recording sound effects. Creating audio theatre.
  • Editing
  • Engineering
  • Other
  • Producing
  • Recording

About Dianne

Dianne Ballon is a sound artist. She spent years as a visual artist (Massachusetts College of Art, BFA) before sound caught her ear.  In 2021, she was awarded a Maine Artist Fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission for her work as a sound artist.

For the international radio competition 60 Seconds Radio, she was awarded for her field recording of boats creaking at a dock in Iceland.  Ten of her sound works have aired on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered.  

Through her Artist-in-Residency at Shenandoah National Park, she created a sound portrait of the park.  She produced audio for the national exhibition “The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War.”  At the Goethe Institute in Washington, DC, she presented her sound installation Musical Instrument Dreams.  The lecture was part of a series that featured sound artists from around the world. 

She teaches audio production virtually through Maine College of Art and the Podcast Garage.  She has taught many workshops in audio production.  This includes: Harvard Sound Education conference, Harvard Music Department, California State University Media Studies, Concordia University in Montreal at a women and sound technology conference,  Bridgewater College Theatre Arts, and at several Audubon Societies for her field recordings of bird sounds.  

As an adjunct instructor at the University of Maine at Augusta, she taught independent study in audio production and a course in radio theatre.  The radio theatre work led to the National Audio Theatre Festivals’ Audio Theatre Workshop.  For over 10 years, she worked as a member of the teaching and production staff, teaching audio editing and producing live radio theatre.

She produces audio for 3-DPhotoWorks.  3DPhotoWorks brings art to the blind by creating 3-dimensional tactile fine art for museums.  Activated by touch, embedded sensors in the artwork trigger a custom audio track.  The visually impaired experience the art through touch and sound.  

Through the international company VoiceMap, she produced The Eastern Promenade in All Seasons, a GPS-based audio walk for Portland, Maine.  In the 90s, she served as Chair of the Media Arts Advisory Panel at the Maine Arts Commission. 

She is available for all aspects of audio production: recording, editing, mixing, sound design, podcast production and producing radio theater.  Please visit her website to hear her work:

https://www.dianneballonsound.com

Dianne's Portfolio

Experience

Skills

  • Audio Engineering
  • Field Producing
  • Field Recording
  • Mentoring
  • Mixing
  • Producing
  • Scrubbing and Audio Editing
  • Sound Design
  • Story Editing
  • Tape Syncs

Equipment

  • Nagra ARES PII+ digital recorder
  • Sound Devices USB Pre-II
  • Bang & Olufsen Beolab 3 studio monitors
  • Pro Tools
  • Neumann KMS 105 mic
  • Audio Technica AT-825 Stereo mic
  • Nagra stereo and mono mic capsules.