Blue Ribbon Glee Club

image: Rob Brenner

March 2007 to July 2008


A thirty member choir that covers punk and rock classics completely a’cappella. Founded by Whitney Johnson, Dee Clements and Joshua Dumas. Though its founders have left, the group continues to have terrific success performing through-out Chicago at venues like the Lakeshore Theater, the Hideout Block Party, the Abbey Pub, the Vic, and Millennium Park.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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