Durand speaks on ‘Talea’ as part of entrepreneurial faculty series

Joel Francois Durand

Joel Francois Durand

Music Professor Joel Francois Durand has listened to music in some of the finest concert halls in the world, so when it comes to listening to recorded music, he’s a pretty demanding consumer.

In fact, it was his own discerning standards that drove Durand into becoming first an inventor, then an entrepreneur. He developed a high-end tonearm called the Talea, and created a startup, Durand Tonearms LLC, to distribute it. He’ll be telling his story at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, as part of the Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellows Lecture Series.

The result of over 2,000 hours of research and development, Durand’s tonearm was conceived, designed and realized mostly in the machine shop of the UW Mechanical Engineering department, with resources and help from several departments, including Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, the School of Music, the School of Art, the Business School and the School of Law, as well as the Center for Commercialization.

Durand’s lecture is titled Bringing a High-end Audiophile Product to Market: the Talea. It will be in the Walker-Ames Room of Kane Hall, with breakfast included. The lecture is free, but registration is required.


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