1998 to PRESENT
DAN JOSEPH – Electroacoustic Works, 2xCD on XI Records (2017)
Electroacoustic Works collects three major pieces from the early 21st century by New York-based composer Dan Joseph. This 2 CD release includes Set of Four, a group of fixed-media sound collages using the processed hammer dulcimer as the primary sound source, two live performances of Dulcimer Flight for electroacoustic hammer dulcimer, and a 64-minute version of Periodicity Piece #6, a mixed-media work that originated as a multi-channel sound installation. With roots in early minimalism, ambient music and acoustic ecology, the works herein represent a significant subset of the composer’s larger body of work from the past twenty years which he has developed alongside an active career as a composer of instrumental chamber music. The CD release includes liner notes by Alan Licht.
DAN JOSEPH & ANDREA WILLIAMS – Guided By Sound, self-released digital album (2015)
An album of collaborative soundscapes by Dan Joseph and Andrea Williams. Recorded at Studio PASS, January-February 2014 as part of a New Works Residency at Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center, New York City. harvestworks.org
DAN JOSEPH – Tonalization (for the afterlife), Mutable Music CD (2011)
A collection of chamber works by New York-based composer and hammer dulcimer player Dan Joseph. The central work is the 33-minute multi-movement sextet Tonalization (for the afterlife) scored for flute, violin, cello, marimba, harpsichord and hammer dulcimer. The work, composed in 2009, was the composer’s first new large-scale piece to follow his 2006 collection Archaea and marked the return of the Dan Joseph Ensemble to New York’s concert stages after a two-year hiatus. Along with the accompanying duos Wind Patterns and Music Primer, these three works formed the core of the ensemble’s repertoire from 2009 to 2011.
DAN JOSEPH – Archaea, Mutable Music CD (2006)
Three extended chamber works performed by the Dan Joseph Ensemble: Tom Chiu (violin), Michael Lowenstern (clarinet), Danny Tunick (percussion), Marija Ilic (harpsichord), Loren Dempster (cello) and the composer on hammer dulcimer. “Archaea is an intriguing contemporary minimalist album……a sophisticated and beautifully performed personal expression……as vibrant as Phillip Glass’s early works: it is fresh, young, and perfectly straddles that fine line of pop new music on which Glass, Riley, Reich, Hassel, Eno, and others rode to fame in the 1960s and ’70s……a great way to introduce new composition to younger ears, and to lighten the soul of the jaded listener.” Musicworks (Canada)
JOHN INGLE / DAN JOSEPH DUO – trancepatterns, Dendroica Music CD, (2000)
The saxophone and hammer dulcimer duo’s debut album featuring studio recordings and live concert recordings with guests India Cooke, violin, and Miya Masaoka, laser koto
DAN JOSEPH – Digital Ephemera, self-released digital album (2011)
Three extended works of experimental electronica composed between 1998 and 2007. Hear the alternate version of Odyssey on Soundcloud here: snd.sc/MFNUGs
1980s (Washington, DC)
DAN JOSEPH – The Woolly Mammoth Tapes, Nostalgia de la Boue digital release (2013)
The Woolly Mammoth Tapes is a collection of five previously unreleased ambient-industrial tracks composed in close chronological proximity during the very late 1980s. At the time I was still in Washington, DC, living and working in an industrial loft space at 1512 14th Street in a building that also housed, among other artists and cultural enterprises, the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company. While there is no literal connection between these tracks and the theater company, it’s a meaningful association for me and helps to situate the music in its time and place.
DAN JOSEPH – Morpheus, Forced Nostalgia CD (2015)
Morpheus is a work of ambient-industrial electro-acoustic tape music composed in the late 1980s. It is the first in a three-part series of long-form home-studio works that were released in quick succession. Originally self-released (C-60 cassette) in 1987, it has been re-issued as a numbered, limited edition (200) CD.
DAN JOSEPH – No. 3, Sound of Pig Music cassette (1988)
No.3 is a work of ambient-industrial electro-acoustic tape music composed in the late 1980s. It is the third in a three-part series (the others were MORPHEUS and SONOROUS ALCHEMY) of long-form home-studio works that were released as C-60 cassettes in quick succession. No.3 was made on a Tascam 244 cassette four-track with synthesizers, electric guitars, field recordings, found sounds, piano, and voice (by Nalinee Darmrong).
DAN JOSEPH – Sonorous Alchemy, self-released cassette (1989)
Sonorous Alchemy is a work of ambient-industrial electroacoustic tape music composed in the late 1980s. It was the second in a three-part series of long-form home-studio works using shortwave radio, processed electric guitars, processed cello and synthesizers.
DAN JOSEPH – Troubled Gardens Cassette, self-released cassette (1985)
This collection of 4-track bedroom recordings was released on cassette simultaneously with the EP Eden Revisited (Fountain of Youth Records, Bethesda, MD) by the DC-based band Troubled Gardens of which Dan Joseph was guitarist and principal songwriter. The cassette was offered via mail order on the album’s back cover and was distributed among friends in the DC music scene. Composed between 1983 and 1985 while Dan was immersed in DC’s punk/post-punk/new wave underground most notably as a member of 9353 and the Crippled Pilgrims.
TROUBLED GARDENS – Eden Revisited, Fountain of Youth mini-album (1985)
Originally released in 1985 by Fountain of Youth Records, Eden Revisited was the only release by the short-lived DC-based trio Troubled Gardens. Active from 1984 to 1985, the band was originally formed by Dan Joseph (guitar, synthesizer and drum machine programming), Eric Anderson (bass) and Colin Sears (vocals and synthesizer).
CRIPPLED PILGRIMS – Down Here: Collected Recordings 1983-1985, Parasol CD (2004)
Reissue of the complete recordings by the 1980s DC-based neo-psychedelic band with Jay Moglia (vocals, guitar), Scott Wingo (guitar, vocals), Mitch Parker (bass, vocals) and Dan Joseph (drums, piano).