Halfway through our residency and finding some extremely bizarre and beautiful instrument combinations. James Bunton has been diligently documenting everything on twitter under the hashtag #impossibleinstruments Have a look here
Very excited and honoured to be heading out tomorrow to the wonderland that is the National Music Centre for a residency with my good friend/extremely talented producer and sound designer James Bunton. We’ll be building a collection of strange new sounds out of strange new and very old instruments, and recording a lot of new music. Interview about the process and many other music related things here - https://nmc.ca/interview-joshua-van-tassel/
For the past 6 months or so, sound designer/producer/composer James Bunton and I have been working on something special with very some special people.
Today, more than ever before, our world is moving at an incredible pace. We are constantly being bombarded with sounds, images, quips and opinions – little bits of information that are vying for our attention at an astounding frequency, and which never seem to cease. It’s hard to find stillness and escape in this sandstorm of data – with the SLOW Volumes collection, we are doing our best to help remedy that. We’ve enlisted a great group of musicians including Sarah Slean, Dean Drouillard, Christine Bougie, Felicity Williams, Adrian Cook, Robbie Grunwald and more to create original music for this collection of slow moving sounds. As a way to not only build a musical community but help a general human one, we’re donating all sales from the compilation to The Daily Bread Foodbank.
This is the first in what we hope to be a long series of beautiful music for a good cause.
Very excited that my new EP “Understar” will be released Friday October 30th via Backward Music. Here’s a little info and a preview -
The Giant Squid is such an extraordinary and elusive creature that one can only logically assume it originates from somewhere deep in Space.
‘Understar’ is the score to one such creature’s journey. We follow from its birth, development on it’s home world, feeding on the remnants of collapsed stars, and eventually it’s being caught in the gargantuan pull of a black-hole whose end leads to the deepest crevices of our own ocean.
It’s been a while, but I’m very happy and honoured that Dance Music: Songs For Slow Motion took home an East Coast Music Award for Electronic Album of the Year in St John’s Newfoundland this past April. We had an amazing weekend of seeing some incredible acts, meeting great people, and breathing some sweet air. You can get the album through the good people at Backward Music right here – - -
I’m currently on a month long North American tour with Great Lake Swimmers, but am knee deep in finishing up a brand new ep for late summer, and laying the ground work for the next album. Very excited to show you what I’ve been up to……
My long time in the making project, psychedelic dance project with Robbie Grunwald called “Double Tooth” finally had it’s launch this past weekend at the Halifax Jazz festival, and we had a blast. We were lucky enough to be let in to a decommissioned air traffic control tower to shoot a live video directed by Halifax’s own Jason Levangie. Huge thank you to Stanfield International Airport, the Halifax Jazz Festival and their amazing volunteer team, Jason and the film crew, and to Kyle Cunjak for pulling it all together at the last minute.
Pre order the 7″ vinyl with download for the full album HERE
I’m very excited to announce the release of a new album, “Dance Music: Songs for Slow Motion”. It’s a psychedelic ambient landscape soundtrack for a place where gravity works in reverse, colours are inside out, and animals will gently tuck you into a forest bed. So far we’ve tested it in yoga classes, massage treatments, and even a birth. Seriously. It’s designed to be an expansive and organic listening experience. Here’s a sample -
Today, thanks to the generous support of MUCHFact and director Hiep Vu, we pinned $2000 cash in $10 bills on a coat, walked around downtown Toronto, and attempted to give it all away. It was definitely an intense and very interesting social experiment, and we’ll be posting the finished video in the next 2 weeks right here. Keep an eye out!