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.
Night Songs for the Birds of North America
January 2017 to present
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. First, Dumas arranged six common human lullabies (challenging himself to do so from memory), stretching the songs’ durations to an hour’s length. Then Dumas gathered the calls of the 73 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.
Introspect at Philadelphia Screendance Festival
March 2017 to present
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.
Mending – At the End [official video]
Words and Music by Kate Adams and Joshua Dumas
Video by Joshua Dumas
Collaborations in Dance Festival
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?”
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.
Oo Oo [a dance film]
Choreography and performance:
Erin Cairns Cella
Dages Juvelier Keates
Shot and edited:
Sound and music:
by Caryl Churchill
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
Scrap – Mending [official video]
Animated and edited by Joshua Dumas
It's What I Do – Opus Orange [Video]
Video 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.