Portraits in Stutter

image: Joshua Dumas

November 2006

36 page handbound zine featuring rough sketches, loose profiles, cut-up interviews, semi-portraits, of Jenny Walton-Wetzel and Andy Wagner. Bound with twine in blue cardstock and vellum, the covers hold actual prints of the subjects. Words, photographs and assembly by Joshua Dumas.

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Cl*sterf*ck :: Tense Forms 3rd Summer Showcase

image: Eli Boyne

September 2006


Art by Cortney Groves, Craig Blakeman, Dominica Wasilewska, Jaime Roche & Susie Harkins, Jen Haybach, Jen Jacobucci, Johannah Silva, Joshua Holden, Kelly Reynolds, Kirk Bravender, Mark Benson, Nora McComiskey, RM5, Sangini Brahmbhatt, t. Thomas Hardie

Music by Ami Saraiya, Jason Frederick, Ben Gray, Dave Vandervelde, John Kleyn, Casey Meehan, Ben Clarke, Joshua Dumas, Jeremy Ohmes, Domenico Ferri, Fergus Kaiser, Mark Benson, Steve Quantock, Robbie Hamilton, Justin Trombly, Matt Dewine, Anika Balaconis, Chris Kralik, Johnny Caluya, Derek James, Nick Miers, Kris Poulin

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Music with Meaning 7

June 2006

Readings from Rob Christopher, Todd Dills, Jeff Disler, Joshua Dumas, Billy Roberts, Scott Smith and Mitchell Szczepancyzk, hosted by Aaron Cynic and Brandon Wetherbee @ Mojoe’s Hot House.

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Bring May Flowers

image: Joshua Dumas

May 2006


A collaboration between Marika Mashburn (and the House Theatre) and Joshua Dumas (and Tense Forms) to create a three day variety show styled festival of music, magic, dance, poetry, film and theatre, all celebrating Spring.

filed under performance

Saturation Series

May 2006 to September 2006


A summer series of lectures, performance art, readings and music conceived and organized by Kirk Bravender and Joshua Dumas and hosted by South Union Arts.

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800 Winters :: Tense Forms Winter Showcase

image: Sangini Brahmbatt

January 2006


An evening of visual art, music, and performance that temporarily transformed the Subterranean. Featured an installation of 800 wallet sized photographs by Marlene Bednarz, Mark Benson, Elizabeth Boyne, Sangini Brahmbhatt, Kirk Bravender, carlsweets, Joshua Dumas, Emily Freeh, Chris Fuller, Cortney Groves, Jen Haybach, Dennis Hayes IV, Nora McComiskey, Matt North, Mark Paci, Alison Paul, Mary Paul, Mike Piontek, Julie Prenoveau, Kate Raney, Kelly Reynolds, RM5, robotskirt, Matt Rose, Melissa Stallard and Holly Tickner.

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Heat :: Tense Forms 2nd Summer Showcase

image: Jaime Roche

July 2005


An evening of visual art, music, poetry, performance and film that temporarily transformed the Subterranean.

Visual Art by Mark Benson, Craig Blakeman, Sangini Brahmbhatt, Kirk Bravender, Ben Clarke, Leah Dickey, Steve Eck, Cortney Groves, Mollie Morris, Mary Paul, Mike Piontek, Steve Quantock, Kelly Reynolds, Jaime Roche, Matt Rose, Melissa Stallard, and Allison Stanley.
Music by Notes & Scratches, The Treatment, the archivists, Radiant Darling, Andy Wagner.
Poetry and Performance by Eli Boyne, Katy Didden, Viola Lee, Marika Mashburn.
Film by Kate Raney, Richard Syska.

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Notes & Scratches

image: Cortney Groves

February 2005 to December 2009


Pop music group.

Anika Balaconis — horn, keys, vocals
Joshua Dumas — vocals, guitar
Jason Eckerson — bass, vocals
Robbie Hamilton — drums, vocals
Whitney Johnson — viola, keys, vocals
Music composed collaboratively, words by Joshua Dumas

On (real long) hiatus!

Have produced three recordings, Uh-Oh (2006), and To the Other Side (2009) are available for free download at Rock Proper. Grace Notes (2009) is available on our site.

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the Notes and Scratches :: 48 Hour Project

January 2005 to January 2005


A marathon session in which which six songs were written and recorded over two 24 hour periods.

Joshua Dumas — vocals, most instruments, engineering
Anika Balaconis — trumpet, vocals
Domenico Ferri — bass
VJ Hyde — guitar, percussion, vocals
Casey Meehan — vocals
Steve Quantock — violin, vocals
Words and music by Joshua Dumas

This experiment lead to the creation of the current Notes & Scratches group.

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Six by Five #3

image: Joshua Dumas

November 2004

Eight postcards with pictures on one side and words on the other. This zine is packaged in a light green handmade folder. Designed and edited by Joshua Dumas.

With contributions from Katy Didden, Allison Stanley, Marika Mashburn, Jessica Palmert, Thomas Strunk, Justin Ziegler, Vanessa Brutsche, Mary Paul, Elizabeth Boyne, Matt Rose, Joshua Dumas, Mike Piontek, Viola Lee, Steve Quantock, Anika Balaconis, Mollie Morris.

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Muted Tones

image: Joshua Dumas

September 2002 to March 2007


Muted Tones was an online sound and music series curated by Joshua Dumas. Each month, musicians and sound artists were encouraged to produce new, original, ten minute recordings and document their process, progress, and thoughts. Remarkable individuals created absolutely remarkable things, from drone-scapes to found sound collages to folk songs to avant-garde improvisations to chamber music.

filed under sound, curatorial

Six by Five #2

image: Joshua Dumas

July 2002

Four poems, six photographs, one story, two drawings, one bash script, two paintings, two digital images, two photograms, found text, six inches by five inches. This zine is packaged in a deep blue handmade folder. Designed, edited and assembled by Joshua Dumas.

With contributions from Sarah Renee Bertsch, Craig Blakeman, Elizabeth Boyne, Maura Dawgert, Joshua Dumas, Domenic Ferri, Rich Jun, Nora McComiskey, Jessica Neafsey, Mike Piontek, Kate Raney, Chris Stump, Mark Temelko

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Casey Meehan and the Delta Still

May 2002 to September 2006

Casey Meehan — vocals, piano, guitar
Scott Cedro — baritone saxophone
Joshua Dumas — bass
Ben Gray — drums
Mark Benson — drums
Allison Stanley — clarinet
Sarah Renée Bertsch — vocals
Andy Wagner — guitar
All songs composed by Casey Meehan.

Produced one recording Violet, available soon at Rock Proper.

filed under sound

the autumn-waking

image: Kirk Bravender

November 2001 to January 2005


A noisy lovely art rock group.

Allison Stanley — drums, xylophone, vocals
Joshua Dumas — guitar, noise, vocals
Renee Bertsch — organ, vocals
Anika Balaconis — trumpet, percussion, vocals
Music composed collaboratively, words by Joshua Dumas

Produced three recordings, the loudest birthday ever (2002), the Edgewater EP (2003), and Down to Marshes (2004, unreleased).

what people worry about
What People Worry About (7MB MP3)

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Six by Five #1

image: Joshua Dumas

April 2001

Four poems, two photographs, two stories, one drawing, one painting, one digital image, two lino-cuts, six inches by five inches. This zine is packaged in a handmade envelope of heavy paper in dark colors. Selected, designed and edited by Joshua Dumas.

With contributions from Sarah Renee Bertsch, Elizabeth Boyne, Beth DeMars, Joshua Dumas, Danielle Grish, Richard Jun, Viola Lee, Mike Piontek, Andy Wagner.

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the Tundra Survey

image: Nora McComiskey

June 1999 to September 2001


A post-rock garage chamber group.

Mary Claire Kueber — cello, vocals
Andy Wagner — flute, xylophone, vocals
Emily Frank — viola, vocals
Tom McGettrick — bass, vocals
Joshua Dumas — guitar, vocals, engineering
Composed collaboratively.

Produced two recordings, the Poloroid 7” and Cracked Radiator, Bum Transmission.

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

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