Vic Dillahay

Guitarist. (occasional musician)

Rip Club Jingle

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This is a quick ad Tim Carmichael and I did last Friday for Rip Club Sewing Lounge in Loveland, Colorado.

We recorded it on Tim’s Boss Micro BR using my Acoustic Image Clarus 2R as a preamp for both the microphone and guitar. A bit of post in Audacity and we were done. Not bad for an hour’s work….

Another Big List: The Index of Movement in Diatonic Sets

My previous book, the Thesaurus of Diatonic Sets, describes the relationships between the content of the subsets of the diatonic or other seven-note scales. It served that purpose well, but I soon found a basic flaw in its approach to pandiatonisim. It is careful about the set content but woefully lacking in concern about how sets move, treating all sets with similar content relationships the same. Resolving to the tonic triad from V {2, 5, 7} and IV {R, 4, 6} are the same in terms of set content, as both of these cadential pairs share one common tone while two differ. They are quite different in practice, however, and it is an odd system that cannot distinguish between authentic and plagal cadences. Examining the sets’ content does not tell the whole story, since the paths between them are what define their relationship.

I had created a map with every possible destination but no roads. This book adds the roads. It lists the possible movements between any two subsets of a heptatonic scale in a simple to read diatonic movement vector.

Buy, read at Scribd, or find out more at Curious Automata

Horace Silver, 1928-2014

A few from the great jazz composer/pianist Horace Silver, who died yesterday at the age of 85.

SeƱor Blues with Blue Mitchell and Junior Cook:

Wes Playing Silver’s Nica’s Dream

Song for My Father, Horace Silver’s 5tet:

photo by Dimitri Savitski

How I Spent the Last 6 Months: Curious Automata

The music industry is in bad shape. Record labels are losing money. Naturally, I started a record label.


The Catalog So Far:

Thesaurus of Diatonic Sets — The book that started it all. Lots of numbers, and they only make sense if you’re used to pandiatonic composition.

Still, Still, Still — The first audio release was a reissue of Aspen Street’s Christmas album last December. Still, Still, Still was a test run of sorts, to see if print-on-demand was a viable option.

Graphite Addiction — Another month, another re-release. Tim, Pete, and I recorded and sold a few copies of this in 2007. The originals were on cdr’s that I duplicated at home. This is way better.

Watching Water — February’s album was Tim Carmichael’s long-awaited solo project. Tim started sketching out the tunes on this at my project studio in 2011. Gusty Christensen recorded the final tracks in 2012 and the master was finished in January of 2013. 13 months later it became CA’s first non-reissue album. It’s my favorite of the releases so far.

Analogues of Infinity — This is one of mine. I occasionally record improvisations which are usually lost or discarded. Rather than let this session go to its grave peacefully, I decided to release it and allow others to reuse.

Disaster Squad — In 2003 New Orleans musicians Richard Ellis, Jimmy Planells, and Louis Carrillo recorded hours worth of jamming and free improvisation. They kindly allowed me to make this cut of some of my favorite moments. This is also the first obvious blunder by the art department (ahem, me), as Carrillo somehow lost an “r” on the cover. It does kinda look cool spelled that way….

The Pete & Vic Duo — After seven years of people at gigs asking for CDs, Pete Ehrmann and I finally got around to recording our swing stuff. I had to start a label to do the obvious.

What’s Next:

  • A really odd set of vocal improvisations from notable recluse joncol, hopefully in July.
  • Another obsessive reference book in August.
  • Louis Carrillo’s edit of the sessions Disaster Squad was taken from. It’s a a release worthy of the project’s original vision and should be out in October of this year.
  • Pete Ehrmann’s percussion extravaganza, out this year or next.
  • A set of my original compositions, whenever I get it done.

John Scofield Trio, 2004

A full set from my favorite Scofield line-up. With Steve Swallow on bass and Bill Stewart on drums.

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