Mending

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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.

WE GATHERED AT WAKEROBIN HOLLOW

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Chicago Avenue Moon

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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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Bandcamp Portfolio

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Many examples of composition for film, dance, theatre and for ensemble and solo performance available on Bandcamp: joshuadumas.bandcamp.com

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The Aeneid at NYU Abu Dhabi

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Directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde
Adapted/Written by Olivier Kemeid
Translated by Judith Miller
Sebastian Grube - Assistant Director
Grahame Coyle - Production Manager
Tegan McDuffie - Stage Manager
Lauren Helpern - Scenic Designer
Andrew Riedemann - Technical Director
Simon Fraulo - Lighting Designer
Judi Olson - Costume Designer
Kiori Kawai - Choreographer
Steven Doughty - Prop Master
Aysan Celik - Voice & Text Consultant
Joshua Dumas - Music & Sound

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99 Julys

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99 Julys is an interactive, algorithmic, improvised piece of music, presented 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 was encouraged to pop on some headphones and join the performers in their explorations.

Climate Data Suite 002

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the Tempest

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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

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
Listen // Interview // Supplemental Material

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Introspect at Philadelphia Screendance Festival

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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]

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

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Collaborations in Dance Festival

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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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About:

Joshua Dumas is a composer, new media and sound artist living in New York. He scores dance, theatre, and film, creates original often algorithmic compositions, makes glitch art and digital video, and creates installation and sound work. His recent inquiry explores the intersection of technology and climate catastrophe through databending and experimental data visualization.

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