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.
Chicago Avenue Moon
February 2014 to present
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.
December 2014 to present
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, Pieholden Studios) and vocals by Angela James. Their first single, “Stormy Dayz” is available via La Société Expéditionnaire.
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.
It's What I Do – Opus Orange [Video]
“It’s What I Do” from Opus Orange’s Anatomic, released January 29, 2016.
Video directed, shot, and animated by Joshua Dumas
Sound Bath for Bloch
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.
belladonna luna sonata
October 2015 to November 2015
On an island estate, an aging maestro (alone but for his faithful butler) shares with a humble gardener his story of a life lived for music – oh, and the time he tried to destroy the world. A melanchomedy about music, lost love, memory, and literally world-shattering art.
Written by Robert Stewart
Directed by Greg Peters
Original Music by Joshua Dumas
Weatherman – Wild Geese video
Video shot, animated and edited by Joshua Dumas
“An abstract travelogue of the last year or so of my life: Chicago, Iowa, Manhattan, Long Island, Brooklyn, Hudson River Valley, Michigan, Indiana, and all the windows in between.”
Song recorded and mixed by Alex Inglizian at Experimental Sound Studio. Mastered by Peter Andreadis at All City Mastering. Performed by: Annie Higgins: piano/vocals, Jason Toth: drums, Joshua Dumas: electronics, James Falzone: clarinet
Music for 36.5
August 2015 to August 2015
36.5 is Sarah Cameron Sunde’s durational performance with the sea. Sunde stands for a full tidal cycle as water engulfs her up to her neck and then recedes again. Past iterations in Bass Harbor, Maine, Akumal, Mexico, San Francisco, California, and Katwijk aan Zee, Netherlands.
Composer Joshua Dumas has scored excerpts of the last two performances and created a full 12 hour score to accompany documentation of the Netherlands performance.
August 2014 to February 2015
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.
Quarter Mile Thunder
November 2013 to December 2014
Ben Clarke — vocals, guitar
Jim Duffy — drums
Johnny Caluya — guitar
Jordan Martins — bass, steel guitar
Joshua Dumas — keys
Matt DeWine — sonics
Echoes at Watermill
October 2014 to November 2014
Born for Nothing
directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde
with Dages Juvelier Keates, Oliver Burns, Christopher Berg, Karla Carballar, Tegan Ritz McDuffie, Natalia Roumelioti / ntilit, Joshua Dumas, Anna Kiraly, Laura Mrozkowski.
Composed, performed and recorded (mostly live) by Joshua Dumas, in the Watermill Center's Rehearsal Hall. The Rehearsal Hall, pictured above, has roughly 6 seconds of natural reverb.
October 2009 to November 2014
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.
Born For Nothing
November 2014 to November 2014
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.
August 2011 to August 2014
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.
Synth Jams for Space Vids
March 2014 to July 2014
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.