Mending

January 2016 to present

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Mending is a collaboration between sound artist/musician Joshua Dumas and vocalist Kate Adams, creating drifting dreamy noisy songs, influenced by folk, ambient, and contemporary classical.

Releases:
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Scrap
at Odum’s End
The Narrow Road to the Deep North

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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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Weatherman

December 2014 to present

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Weatherman is minimal, experimental pop by pianist/vocalist Annie Higgins, drummer Jason Toth (Daniel Knox, The Handsome Family), with electronics by composer Joshua Dumas (Quarter Mile Thunder, Mending). Their first three singles are available via La Société Expéditionnaire.

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99 Julys

July 2017

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99 Julys is an interactive, algorithmic, improvised piece of music, presented for the at Welles Park Chicago on July 20th 2017 as part of the Inferno Movements series and Night Out In The Parks. Composer Joshua Dumas built custom software to translate Chicago weather, water, and population data from the last 99 Julys into a series of chords and brief melodies. For this presentation, there was an interactive music station where the public is encouraged to pop on some headphones and join the performers in their explorations.

Climate Data Suite 002

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Peaks

May 2017

Sarah Cameron Sunde & Joshua Dumas

Peaks is an ongoing, cumulative video work in which Sarah Cameron Sunde and Joshua Dumas reuse the detritus of the built environment to construct brief cinematic moments suggesting iconic mountainous vastness. The mundanity of the material is sometimes unrecognizable in its transformation to surreal landscape. Peaks investigates our relationship to scale, to awe and beauty, to human ecological impact, and explores cycles of transformation and elevation and corruption.

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the Tempest

April 2017 to April 2017

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at Governors State University in the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park

Director: Erica Vannon
Music Director: Joshua Dumas
Costume Design: Katherine Pavolvna Goldberg
Props Design: Stacey Coleman
Production Manager: Michelle Medvin
Stage Managers: Nicole Ames and Sarah Gutierrez

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Night Songs for the Birds of North America

January 2017 to March 2017

Night Songs is a four-channel audio composition exploring translation, memory, and mass extinction in the anthropocene, installed in the Lincoln Park Conservatory’s Fern Room, curated by Experimental Sound Studio. Dumas arranged six common human lullabies (from memory), stretching the songs’ durations to an hour’s length. Then Dumas gathered the calls of North American avian species considered vulnerable, endangered, and extinct. Dumas (piano), Whitney Johnson (strings), and Josh Bell (horns) improvised in response to the calls, and these recorded melodic fragments play at random, gradually degrading, becoming wind, over the duration of the exhibition.

Climate Data Suite 001
Interview // Supplemental Material

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Introspect at Philadelphia Screendance Festival

March 2017 to March 2017

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Introspect is a dance film conceived by and starring Elizabeth June Bergman. It was directed, filmed, and edited by Kaitlyn Busbee with directorial and cinematographic assistance from Mark Stastny. Introspect features original music by composer Joshua Dumas.

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Mending – At the End [official video]

January 2017

Words and Music by Kate Adams and Joshua Dumas
Video by Joshua Dumas

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Collaborations in Dance Festival

November 2016

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Amélie Gaulier-Brody presents “Free your flocking clown” featuring performers Amélie Gaulier-Brody, Dages Juvelier-Keates, Rain Saukas, and Alexis Steeve, musician Mike Bennett, sound collaborator Joshua Dumas, and costume designer Ntilit.

In this work, the company asks: “Is there a post-humanist self? Are we only human? What moves us in and out of our private physical island? Can we see the shade of our icebergs digging into the archive of the being before us?”

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unfold into

September 2016

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Dages Juvelier Keates will perform in tandem with a sculpture by Elizabeth Tubergen, between it and a sound environment by Helene Kazan and a score by Joshua Dumas. The dance will nominally take place in the gallery, but the audience is invited to view it from the sidewalk of 5th Avenue. Keates’ work will attend to the interstice, to space between the Cities.

Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries at the New School, NY.

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Oo Oo [a dance film]

May 2016

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Choreography and performance:
Erin Cairns Cella
Dages Juvelier Keates

Shot and edited:
Karla Carballar

Sound and music:
Joshua Dumas

Wearables:
Ntilit

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Hotel

May 2016

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by Caryl Churchill

Workshop Performance
Directed by Erica Vannon
Music by Joshua Dumas
Assistant Directed by Genevieve Lally

With: Carolyn Sinon, Lindsey Charles, Johnny Kyle Cook, Justin Harner, Todd Frugia, Marsha Harman, Marrakesh Frugia, Lynnette Li, Avi Roque, Melissa McNamara

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Scrap – Mending [official video]

March 2016

Animated and edited by Joshua Dumas

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It's What I Do – Opus Orange [Video]

January 2016



Video by Joshua Dumas

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Sound Bath for Bloch

December 2015

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Joshua Dumas, in collaboration with Sarah Cameron Sunde, creates a sound bath for Bloch: a 200 year old tree that Swiss arts duo Com&Com have been touring the globe with since 2011.

In a five hour durational performance at the Knockdown Center in Queens, Dumas interprets measurements gathered by Sunde to create a reverential soundscape for the ancient tree.

Preliminary video documentation here.

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About:

Joshua Dumas is a composer, sound artist, filmmaker, and writer, working in multiple media.
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