In this show Thomas will be playing and narrating the soundtrack to his self-made film debut The Invisible Lighthouse, with special guest Blake Leyh on live Foley sound effects. Here is a video trailer that will give you a feel for the show - http://youtu.be/BFxbkZqznB0.
See You At the Show
I’ll be at at the Thursday show so perhaps I’ll see you there.
A big congrats to Thomas Dolby who won the Moog Innovation Award award this year. Past winners were DEVO in 2010 and Brian Eno in 2011.
Dolby is a self made man, synth pioneer, and mad scientist. Like Bob Moog, Thomas Dolby’s quest for knowledge and desire to sculpt the world around him led him to the world of electronics, where he designed his own synths, founded his own software company, and charged head long through the world of pop music and into America’s consciousness. To say he was blinded by science would be doing him a disservice, for science has been his guiding light, and technology his namesake. For expanding the sonic boundaries of the new wave movement and for fearlessly embracing the future, Moog is proud to present Thomas Dolby with a custom Minimoog Voyager XL, in honor of being the 2012 Moog Innovation Award winner.
He’ll receive the award at Moogfest this year which is October 26th & 27th. I won’t be there so if you end up going take some photos :^).
I think this motivated him to create a very fun promo video to explain the “Time Capsule” trailer and promote a song with a belly dancer. More study might be required, but my guess is sex still sells - Rock on Thomas! Checkout his new album Map of the Floating City on iTunes.
Thomas Dolby is releasing his new album in EP segments to members of his fan club the Flat Earth Society. Membership is free and you can join up here.
He’s said on his blog that each segment will have different styles. The first EP was Amerkana which released in June and had a bluegrass vibe. In a recent newsletter Thomas discussed the styles of the first two segments:
I was flattered that so many people embraced it (Amerikana) without being too judgmental about the style I adopted. No 'oh god now Thomas has turned into a country singer--next he'll be doing Grand Ol' Opry wearing sheepskin chaps!' You knew it was just another musical idiom I adopted to help tell my stories, and I thank you for staying so open-minded. 'Oceanea' is a wild journey to a different time and place altogether.
Thomas Dolby is the guest DJ this week on the Wired Playlist Podcast (link launches iTunes). In this podcast, he offers a sneak peak at 2 1/2 songs from his first album of new material in 18 years - A Map of the Floating City.
In the podcast he debuts the songs “The Toad Lickers”, “Oceaneer”, and part of “To The Lifeboats”. He’ll release the album as 3 downloadable EPs followed by a physical CD and full album release.
Interestingly, the podcast was broadcast from the wheelhouse of a restored 1930’s life
boat located off the coast of the North Sea (his new studio). The
podcast was powered by wind turbines. Visit the link to his blog at the
bottom of this post to learn more about this interesting studio space.
In other Thomas Dolby related news, he’s also just released The Singular Thomas Dolby. The press release describes this as:
This 2-disc CD and DVD (PAL) collection features all Thomas Dolby’s singles and videos. It is released in the UK on May 18th 2009 and is available worldwide as an import.
In my last post, I offered links to Thomas Dolby's recent appearance on NPR. In this follow-up post, I want to mention that he has produced an audio CD, DVD and podcast with live material from his 2006 'Sole Inhabitant Tour'.
I recently eceived the DVD as a gift and have to say its simply fantastic! I was in the audience during the show in Denver last spring and think the DVD does a nice job of capturing the feel of the show. In addition to concert footage, the DVD contains the following special features:
Thomas Dolby: An Interview with DAvid Hoffman
Layering.looping technique explained
Story behind the songs
A voyage around his rig
If your a Dobly fan, a digital musician, a computer-based producer, or a someone interested in performing live with computers I think you'll find the DVD both entertaining and informative.
Below I've provided a link to the DVD on amazon. www.thomasdobly.com has a list of other outlets as well as a cool video podcast section.
Thomas Dolby recently paid a visit to NPR's Studio 4a. The interview was broadcast today on New Years Eve. NPR has posted links to the interview as well as links to performances of 'She Blinded Me With Science', 'Hyperactive', 'Airwaves', 'Your Karma Hit My Dogma'. Click here to visit the NPR site. There are is also a link to a 1993 interview on the same page.