Tag: Curious Automata

New Release: Unexplained Noises by Vic Dillahay

Unexplained noises, 2006–2019

Also Available From: Amazon | Spotify

Unexplained Noises is now available. This collection of improvisations, random noodlings, and unused film scores is sure to befuddle and may delight the listener.

A World Of Light by Petimbro

a journey to highlight and celebrate the representation of Bass and Percussion in music.

Available now on all major digital music services. CDs available at Amazon

Petimbro’s new album (produced by yours truly) is out today. Check out Pete Ehrmann and Tim Carmichael’s exploration of the many roles of percussion and bass in music.

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.

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.

Coming March 22nd:

Graphite Addiction’s latest album a second chance, years later… Improvised in a single take, it’s a groove-heavy fusion of world rhythms, jazz harmonies, and melodic hooks.   Now available for preorder at iTunes.   Listen to the first half of Haley’s Comet via ReverbNation: Read more →