Chicago Avenue Moon

February 2014 to present

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Chicago Avenue Moon is a responsive, generative music app that uses a set of variables including date, time, phase of the moon, and GPS location, to determine how its music unfolds, in real-time.

Composer Joshua Dumas wrote 1000 brief musical phrases which the app manipulates, sequences, and layers to create trillions and trillions of variations, a unique experience with every listen.

Developed with Junecloud’s Mike Piontek, recorded by Matt DeWine and Joshua Dumas at Pieholden Suite Sound, and was supported in part by an Individual Artists Program Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events and Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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the Penelopiad

August 2014 to present

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Based on Margaret Atwood's novella, “The Penelopiad.”

Directed by Erica Barnes
Assistant Director Lexi Saunders
Original Music by Joshua Dumas
Environment and Object Design by Sarah Coleman
Costume Design by Carla Hamilton
Dramaturgy by Sarah Sapperstein
With Mary Jo Bolduc, Jackie Davies, Avery Glassman, Sheena Laird, Genevieve Lally-Knuth, Lynnette Li, Jabu Mickle-Molefe, Nelia Miller, Meredith Montgomery, Katya Schexnaydre, Lisa Siciliano, Carolyn Sinon, Danielle Trudeau, Tamara White

Listen to selections from the score.

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Quarter Mile Thunder

November 2013 to present

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Drone folk.

Ben Clarke — vocals, guitar
Jim Duffy — drums
Johnny Caluya — guitar
Jordan Martins — bass, steel guitar
Joshua Dumas — keys
Matt DeWine — sonics

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Eiren Caffall

image: Shawn Reddy

October 2009 to present

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Eiren’s music comes from her childhood in the wooded hills of Western Mass, where her bohemian parents took her to art galleries, hash parties and Shaker barns. These influences have resulted in her unusual lyricism, strong songcraft and the shy quiet in her longing voice.

Eiren Caffall - vocals, songs, words
Ari Bolles - upright, vocals
Zach Parker - guitar, vocals
Lawrence Peters - drums, vocals
Joshua Dumas- guitar

Slipping the Holdfast now available on vinyl and mp3.

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Born For Nothing

image: Karla Carballar

November 2014 to present

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While in residence at The Watermill Center, Lydian Junction will develop their current work, Born For Nothing, responding to the collection and grounds. On November 1, they will open their rehearsal process to the public and show a draft of the work.

directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde with dance artist Dages Juvelier Keates, composer Christopher Berg, actor Oliver Burns, video artist Karla Carballar, assistant director Tegan Ritz MacDuffie, composer Joshua Dumas, costumer Natalia Roumelioti, and set Anna Kiraly.

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Soundings

August 2011 to August 2014

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Noisy droning art rock. Kate Drown (synth), Richard Hwang (bass), Rob Kowalczyk (guitar), Nathaniel Parks (guitar), Joshua Dumas (drums, vibraphone). One release, a triple split cassette on Paramita Tapes with Shapers and Verma.

Reviews — Tiny Mix Tapes, Weed Temple, Foxy Digitalis, Spicer.

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Synth Jams for Space Vids

March 2014 to July 2014

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Using analog, digital, and software synthesizers, Joshua Dumas makes jams for rad space videos about outer space that didn’t used to have any sound or music or anything. They were just silent. Like space is. But now they have synths backing them up.

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Stress / De-stress

January 2014

A guided meditation and expanded cinema event. Amateur and industrial films from Chicago Film Archives, edited by Christy LeMaster, come alive through a three projector performance by Anne Wells, Chloe McLaren and Doug McLaren, accompanied by the words of Mairead Case and Ed Crouse, and the sounds of Joshua Dumas.

Performances:
Nightingale July 2012
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago March 2014

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Crimes Against Humanity

July 2013

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Director: Jerzy Rose
Screenwriters: Halle Butler, Jerzy Rose
Cinematography: Robert Cauble
Music: Joshua Dumas

A sweet and trusting young woman is repeatedly injured in bizarre accidents, but her overconfident boyfriend is far from sympathetic - he's busy playing power games at the university where he works.

Cast: Mike Lopez, Lyra Hill, Ted Tremper, Adam Paul, Buki Bodunrin, Tommy Heffron, Joshua Dumas

Screened at Siskel Center, Slamdance, Atlanta Underground Film Fest

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Rough Matinals

image: Joshua Dumas

April 2013 to June 2013

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A sound and video series.

Some mornings, when I am very lucky, I get to start my day at the piano. I'd been writing these small rough sketches that sort of feel like nocturnes, but since I work early, I'm calling them matinals. From April 26 - June 14, I recorded a new piece each Friday accompanied by a video experiment.

Now available on cassette from Horror/Fiction Tapes!

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Another Song About the Sea

image: Jeremy Bessoff

April 2013

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Written, directed: Jeremy Bessoff
Music: Keith Kusterer, Joshua Dumas

Stop-motion animated short explores the stalled domestic relationship of a dysfunctional couple. The characters' descent into the watery abyss becomes a metaphor for examining their relationship darkened by deep emotional turmoil.

Screenings:
London Underground Film Festival, Siskel Center, Nightingale

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Raskol

image: David Amaral

March 2013 to March 2013

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Crime and Punishment adapted as play with music by Kira Obolensky
directed by David Amaral
original music by Joshua Dumas

Performed by Caitlin Costello, Matthew Dealy, Amanda Jane Dunne, David Fink, Hannah Gomez, Mark Plonsky, Eunice Woods, Joe Zarrow, Joshua Dumas, Max Wirt

Performances on March 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 8:00 PM
At Berger Coach House

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the Woods’breath

image: Kaitlyn Busbee

November 2012 to February 2013

A dancefilm by Fannie Hungerford and Joshua Dumas

Starring Amy Barr, Monica Basile, Elizabeth Bergman, Daisy McKinlay, Nicole Morford, Jennifer Weber, Alicia Weidner.

Cinematography by Kaitlyn Busbee, Chelsea Harrison, Alex Richard

Choreography by Fannie Hungerford, music by Joshua Dumas

Watch the trailer!
Coming Spring 2013.

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the Floodplain

image: Kaitlyn Busbee

October 2012 to October 2012

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A multichannel sound-and-video installation that explores the history of flooding in Iowa City. First exhibited at Public Space One, October 2012.

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Mirrors Are Just Water Specified

February 2012 to May 2012

A dancefilm by Fannie Hungerford and Joshua Dumas

Inspired by the photography of Francesca Woodman

Starring Nicole Morford, with Elizabeth Bergman, Sarah Carusona, Emily Hinkler, Mareva Minerbi, Jennifer Pray, Samuel Summer, Alicia Weidner.

Cinematography: Kaitlyn Busbee, Alex Richard, Joshua Dumas
Production assistance: Katie Hargrave

Choreography: Fannie Hungerford, music: Joshua Dumas

Watch the trailer!

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Pieces of the Storm

image: Keith B. Evans

December 2009 to March 2012

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A podcast. Joshua Dumas reads poems that he likes, set to original compositions.

Selections range from through-out the twentieth century, featuring poems by Matthew Dickman, Li-Young Lee, Mary Oliver, David Wojahn, Katie Ford and more.

Subscribe via iTunes.

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About:

Joshua Dumas is a composer, filmmaker, writer, performer, etc, working in multiple media. Please click around and don't hesitate to get in touch.
Thanks.


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