the Penelopiad

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.

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Quarter Mile Thunder

November 2013 to December 2014


Drone folk.

Ben Clarke — vocals, guitar
Jim Duffy — drums
Johnny Caluya — guitar
Jordan Martins — bass, steel guitar
Joshua Dumas — keys
Matt DeWine — sonics

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Echoes at Watermill

image: Joshua Dumas

October 2014 to November 2014


Expanded and new material based on music composed while in residence at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center for Lydian Junction's “Born for Nothing,” Oct 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.

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Eiren Caffall

image: Shawn Reddy

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.

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Born For Nothing

image: Karla Carballar

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.

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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.

Reviews — Tiny Mix Tapes, Weed Temple, Foxy Digitalis, Spicer.

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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.

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Stress / De-stress

January 2014

A guided meditation and expanded cinema event. Amateur and industrial films from Chicago Film Archives, edited by Christy LeMaster, come alive through a three projector performance by Anne Wells, Chloe McLaren and Doug McLaren, accompanied by the words of Mairead Case and Ed Crouse, and the sounds of Joshua Dumas.

Nightingale July 2012
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago March 2014

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Crimes Against Humanity

July 2013


Director: Jerzy Rose
Screenwriters: Halle Butler, Jerzy Rose
Cinematography: Robert Cauble
Music: Joshua Dumas

A sweet and trusting young woman is repeatedly injured in bizarre accidents, but her overconfident boyfriend is far from sympathetic - he's busy playing power games at the university where he works.

Cast: Mike Lopez, Lyra Hill, Ted Tremper, Adam Paul, Buki Bodunrin, Tommy Heffron, Joshua Dumas

Screened at Siskel Center, Slamdance, Atlanta Underground Film Fest

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Rough Matinals

image: Joshua Dumas

April 2013 to June 2013


A sound and video series.

Some mornings, when I am very lucky, I get to start my day at the piano. I'd been writing these small rough sketches that sort of feel like nocturnes, but since I work early, I'm calling them matinals. From April 26 - June 14, I recorded a new piece each Friday accompanied by a video experiment.

Now available on cassette from Horror/Fiction Tapes!

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

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