5 Years of Curious Automata

5 years ago today I started a record label to release music from a few friends. Our goal was to release 6 albums: Aspen Street’s Still, Still, Still, Graphite Addiction’s self titled 2007 debut, Tim Carmichael’s Watching Water, The Pete & Vic Duo, Richard Ellis’ Disaster Squad and one of my own.

5 years, 20 albums, and 3 books later I think we’ve overshot a bit.

Thanks to everyone who has bought music, books, or merchandise and to everyone who came out to gigs to support the bands.

And I can never say thank you enough to my wife Dani and our two long-suffering poochies, Rockett and Charlie, for putting up with an awful lot of nonsense and weird noises.

2018 Curious Automata Releases I’ve Produced

When I’m not making weird noises myself, I encourage others to make them. Actually, I “produce” music by annoying people until they give me albums to release. Here’s what that’s led to so far in 2018:

Richard Ellis―Doing Less with Fewer Notes

Solo improvisations on electric guitar from Colorado’s most befuddling guitar player.


3ology―Live in Longmont, Volumes 1 and 2

2 releases that capture 3ology at its finest: live and up-close.

Music for Dry Land Distillers

Dry Land Distillers Web Spot from Shaleigh Thomas on Vimeo.

Tim Carmichael and I recently recorded some music for Dry Land Distillers, a new distillery opening spring of 2018. You can hear the track in Shaleigh Thomas’ excellent launch video and be sure to check out Longmont’s newest craft distillery at DryLandDistillers.com.

Initial Convergence, A New Album from Vic Dillahay

Initial Convergence by Vic Dillahay Album Cover

Initial Convergence, a collection of solo improvisations on electric and acoustic guitar.

Buy from: Amazon (CDs or Digital) | iTunes | Bandcamp

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New from Graphite Addiction: “The Blue Dog”

CD: $15.00
Or Buy At: Amazon | Google Play | iTunes

Tim Carmichael, Pete Ehrmann, and I complete the tale of Sifferson and the Blue Dog with our 4th studio album.

Available on all major streaming and download services. CDs available right here or at Amazon.

Two from Richard Ellis

The lovely and talented Richard Ellis just released two new albums on Curious Automata.


Songs Found Under the Couch


CD: $15.00

First up is Songs Found Under the Couch. This collection of Richard’s introspective songwriting demos is the first Curious Automata release with vocals on every track. I really dig its dark tone and Richard’s guitar and vocals really shine, despite the somewhat lo-fi quality of the original tapes. It’s definitely music that deserves repeated listening.


Play One Song


CD: $15.00

Play One Song is an in-depth instrumental exploration of Richard’s song Sixteen Roses, featuring Louis Carrillo on percussion and Kendal Crews on bass along with Richard on electric guitar. Over 72 minutes of continuous music, the trio finds darkness and light in one of Richard’s best compositions. Listen to the original demo with vocals off Songs Found Under the Couch, then check this out to hear how great musicians can bring new depth to songs.

A quick note: as executive producer I shortened Play One Song by 10 minutes so it would fit a single CD. This is the most corporate thing I have ever done. I have become a suit, mea culpa.

Sifferson, a new album by Graphite Addiction.

CD: $15.00 Amazon | iTunes Graphite Addiction returns with our 3rd studio album. It’s a set of 7 instrumentals, a pair of songs, and a spoken word piece woven together to begin the tale of Sifferson. And it all features our trademark blend of jazz harmonies, world rhythms, and melodic hooks to keep you grooving. “Graphite Addiction is a strange… Read more →