Thomas Dolby
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Thomas Dolby

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Oct
14
Thomas Dolby @ multiple cities

Likely UK tour oct 1st-15th, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Likely UK tour oct 1st-15th, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Sep
30
Thomas Dolby @ multiple cities

Likely UK tour oct 1st-15th, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Likely UK tour oct 1st-15th, Not Applicable, United Kingdom

Sep
23
Thomas Dolby @ State Fair

Newhaven, Connecticut, USA

Newhaven, Connecticut, USA

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Music

The best kept secret in music

Press


THE final day of the O2 Wireless Festival brought with it the ultimate cocktail - perfect weather and an up for it crowd mixed with a rocking line-up.
While early days of the festival were dedicated to indie rock and dance, Sunday was all about electro with GOLDFRAPP and DEPECHE MODE topping the bill.

Most of the punters who had packed into Hyde Park were glued to a giant screen at the back of the site watching the England v Ecuador match and would have missed the excellent THOMAS DOLBY who worked well warming up the main stage.

Dolby is a bit of an electro geek and builds sounds aided by his lap top and keyboards. It is a refreshing combination. - The Sun (UK)


Far more interesting is Thomas Dolby’s first live performance in fourteen years, making for the more surreal forty minutes of the entire festival, as he stands bald-headed atop a platform surrounded by keyboards, laptops and synthesisers. The electronica pioneer may not have a stash of memorable top-ten hits to his name, but after collaborating with everyone from David Bowie to Def Leppard, before disappearing to form a company that would eventually go onto invent the polyphonic ringtone, for his contribution to society both technologically and musically, it’s hard to find him at fault (unless of course you count the fact that it was his polyphonic invention that gave way to the Crazy Frog).

Speaking personally to the audience between each song adds honesty to the performance that’s uniquely unshowy in amongst the mega-acts performing across the five days. A black and white photo in his childhood kitchen, we learn, inspired “One of Our Submarines”, showing an uncle he never met who died in at sea during the war. Little insights like these add extra understanding to his performance, making it all the more engaging to witness.

In his most inspiring moment (that beats the bizarreness of bringing perplexed daughter Harper on stage for no good reason other than to show his success in procreation), Dolby produces an affecting sonic arrangement created using numerical data from the SOHO satellite, a human-satellite used to study behaviour on the surface of the sun. With the figures programmed into his electronic keyboard, he creates a haunting convalescence of free-roaming blips and beeps, which surreptitiously blend together to form a brooding rhythm. Companioned with real images of the sun’s activity that created the data used for his programming, the performance is perhaps the most thought provoking of the week. - eFestivals.co.uk


“When he whooshed into ‘Europa and the Pirate Twins,’ Dolby sounded startlingly relevant, no easy trick for a talented artist whose entire career is usually unfairly surmised in a single, shouted phrase.” - The Washington Post


“The audience seemed mesmerized by Dolby’s compositional and musical dexterity…Far from coming off as strictly a nostalgia act, the evening unfolded as a celebration of his past accomplishments and a harbinger for his future as a revitalized performer.” - Chicago Tribune


“Most people’s knowledge of Dolby begins and ends with ‘She Blinded Me With Science,’ a sly slice of synth-funk from a superior album (The Golden Age of Wireless) whose variety and depth went far beyond its artificial surface. Indeed, for those who sought him out — certainly for scores of electronica acts who routinely cite him as an influence — Dolby was one-of-a-kind, a do-it-yourself electro wizard whose work conjured warmth and soul from machines whose output in other hands was pure digital chill.” - The Orange County Register


Discography

Extensive discography here:

http://www.swcp.com/lazlo-bin/discogs?dolby

Photos

Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

For two over decades Thomas Dolby has combined music and technology to great effect. The advent of MTV brought Thomas his initial exposure in the early 1980’s: His intelligent videos stood out from the pack, and his songs "She Blinded Me With Science" and "Hyperactive" became huge hits that have stood the test of time. His keyboard and production work put him in the studio with the likes of David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Foreigner, Joni Mitchell and George Clinton. Numerous awards and five Grammy nominations later, Thomas had achieved worldwide recognition as an artist.

Recognizing the opportunities for digital distribution of music via the Internet as early as 1994, Thomas became a spokesman for a generation of musicians eager to change the entrenched business models of the music industry. He was determined to make music a core component of the emerging World Wide Web, and enlisted the support of Silicon Valley companies such as Intel, Interval Research, Sun and Netscape. His startup company Beatnik Inc wrote the audio layer of Java and created the first interactive music sites on the Web. In July 1998, Thomas received a Lifetime Achievement in Internet Music award from Yahoo! Internet Life.

Thomas grew Beatnik from a small team of musically savvy engineers and technically astute musicians to a 120-person company that deftly survived the ‘dotcom crash’ by maneuvering away from the Web into the wireless phone space. He licensed Beatnik’s technology to Nokia and co-developed the first software synthesis ‘polyphonic’ ringtone engine for mass-market devices. The excellence of this technology has been underscored by high-profile agreements with companies such as Panasonic, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, Samsung, Siemens, amounting to over 550 million Beatnik-equipped handsets shipped.

Now retired from Beatnik, Thomas is musical director of the annual TED Conference, and has returned to the stage, taking his one-man ‘Sole Inhabitant Tour’ around the US and Europe. He released a live DVD and CD of the tour on November 14th 2006. In Spring 2007 Thomas played the famous SxSW festival in Austin, TX and is currently preparing a live EP from those perfromances.