National Music Centre Residency starts NOW

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/

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SLOW

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 SleanDean Drouillard, Christine BougieFelicity WilliamsAdrian CookRobbie 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.

www.slowvolumes.bandcamp.com

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Understar

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.

This score is the prologue to a forthcoming full-length work including a short story & visuals, and is the first solo work to be produced out of Joshua’s new Dream Date Studio.
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catch up

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……

 

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Dance Music:Songs For Slow Motion out today!

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 -

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ECMA nomination for Dream Date!

I’m extremely proud and excited that my most recent album Dream Date is up for an East Coast Music Award for Best Electronic Album of the Year! I was nominated last year and had an absolute blast, and I’m sure this year will be the same if not better. There’s some amazing artists up for all the awards, check out the rest of the list here!

http://www.ecma.com/ecmw/2014/awards

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Music Nova Scotia Award Nomination!

I’m very honoured and excited to have been nominated for a 2013 Music Nova Scotia Award for Best Electronic Album of the Year for “Dream Date”! It’s such a treat to be recognized by my home province. The opening track off of the album, “Come Home Safe To Me” was written with a very South Shore Nova Scotian ocean front village in mind, and tells the story of a man defending his inlet from a ferocious sea creature. He comes from a long line of monster fighting men, and is the last of it, so he fights not only for his people but for his lineage. No pressure. Here’s a beautfully shot and edited white water rafting video that used that song as the sound track and I think it fits great (video by Kelsey Thompson)

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