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TED2010

Thomas Dolby: "Love Is a Loaded Pistol"

Томас Долби: "Любовта е зареден пищов"

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За първия си студиен албум, издаден от десетилетия, музикалният иноватор Томас Долби композира музика в уникално вдъхновяващата обстановка на реставрирана спасителна лодка. Тук той прави премиера на една великолепна, емоционално наситена песен от този албум - за една нощ с легенда. Съпровождат го членове на модерния струнен квартет "Етел".

- Electronic music pioneer
Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley, then went back on the road with his album, "A Map of the Floating City." Full bio

I've been playing TED for nearly a decade,
Свиря в ТЕД почти от десетилетие,
00:21
and I've very rarely played
а много рядко съм свирил
00:24
any new songs of my own.
нови свои песни.
00:27
And that was largely because there weren't any.
Най-вече защото нямаше такива.
00:30
(Laughter)
(Смях)
00:33
So I've been busy with a couple of projects,
Занимавах се с няколко проекта
00:35
and one of them was this:
и един от тях беше този,
00:37
The Nutmeg.
"Индийско орехче",
00:39
A 1930s ship's lifeboat,
корабна спасителна лодка от 30-те години на ХХ век,
00:41
which I've been restoring in the garden
която реставрирах в градината
00:43
of my beach house in England.
на крайбрежната си къща в Англия.
00:45
And, so now,
И така, сега,
00:47
when the polar ice caps melt,
когато полярните ледени шапки се топят,
00:49
my recording studio will rise up like an ark,
моето звукозаписно студио ще се издигне като ноев ковчег
00:52
and I'll float off into the drowned world
и ще отплавам в удавения свят
00:56
like a character from a J.G. Ballard novel.
като герой от роман на Дж.Г.Балард.
00:58
During the day,
През деня
01:01
the Nutmeg collects energy
"Индийско орехче" събира енергия
01:03
from solar panels on the roof of the wheelhouse,
от слънчеви батерии на покрива на кабината
01:05
and from a 450 watt turbine
и от една 450-ватова турбина
01:08
up the mast.
горе на мачтата.
01:10
So that when it gets dark,
И така, щом се стъмни,
01:12
I've got plenty of power.
имам много електричество.
01:14
And I can light up the Nutmeg like a beacon.
И мога да осветя "Индийско орехче" като маяк.
01:16
And so I go in there until the early hours of the morning,
Влизам вътре и оставам до ранните сутрешни часове.
01:19
and I work on new songs.
И работя по нови песни.
01:22
I'd like to play to you guys,
Бих искал да ви я свиря, хора,
01:25
if you're willing to be the first audience to hear it.
ако искате да сте първата публика, която да го чуе.
01:27
(Applause)
(Аплодисменти)
01:29
It's about Billie Holiday.
За Били Холидей е.
01:35
And it appears that,
Изглежда,
01:37
some night in 1947
някоя нощ през 1947-а
01:39
she left her physical space
тя напуснала физическото си пространство
01:42
and was missing all night,
и изчезнала за цяла нощ,
01:45
until she reappeared in the morning.
докато се появила отново на сутринта.
01:47
But I know where she was.
Но аз знам къде е била.
01:50
She was with me on my lifeboat.
Беше с мен на спасителната ми лодка.
01:52
And she was hot.
И беше гореща.
01:55
(Music)
(Музика)
02:00
♫ Billie crept softly ♫
Били се промъкна тихо
02:27
♫ into my waking arms ♫
в будещите се мои обятия,
02:30
♫ warm like a sip of sour mash ♫
топла като глътка кисел малц,
02:34
♫ Strange fruit for ♫
Странна, плодоносна,
02:40
♫ a sweet hunk of trash ♫
сладка хапка боклук
02:43
♫ Panic at the stage door ♫
Паника на вратата на сцената
02:51
♫ of Carnegie Hall ♫
за Карнеги Хол.
02:54
♫ "Famous Jazz Singer Gone AWOL" ♫
Известен джаз певец изчезнал,
02:58
♫ Must have left the building ♫
трябва да е напуснал сградата
03:05
♫ body and soul ♫
телом и духом.
03:09
♫ On a creaky ♫
На скрибуцаща
03:16
♫ piano stool tonight ♫
табуретка за пиано тази нощ,
03:19
♫ as the moon is my ♫
защото луната е
03:22
♫ only witness ♫
единственият ми свидетел
03:24
♫ She was breathing ♫
Тя дишаше
03:29
♫ in my ear ♫
в ухото ми,
03:32
♫ "This time it's love" ♫
този път е любов,
03:35
♫ But love is a loaded pistol ♫
но любовта е зареден пищов,
03:42
♫ By daybreak she's gone ♫
до зазоряване си тръгна
03:46
♫ Over the frozen river, home ♫
над замръзналата река, у дома,
03:50
♫ Me and Johnny Walker ♫
Аз и Джони Уокър
03:56
♫ See in the new age ♫
виждаме в новата ера
03:59
♫ alone ♫
сами.
04:02
♫ Stay with me ♫
ОСтани с мен
04:08
♫ again tonight ♫
пак тази нощ,
04:11
♫ Billie, time, ♫
Били, времето,
04:14
♫ time is a wily trickster ♫
времето е лукав мошеник
04:16
♫ Still an echo ♫
и все пак едно ехо
04:21
♫ in my heart says, ♫
в сърцето ми казва:
04:24
♫ "This time it's love" ♫
Този път е любов,
04:27
(Applause)
(Аплодисменти)
04:40
Translated by MaYoMo com
Reviewed by Mihail Stoychev

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About the Speaker:

Thomas Dolby - Electronic music pioneer
Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley, then went back on the road with his album, "A Map of the Floating City."

Why you should listen

Perhaps best known for blinding us with science, Thomas Dolby has always blurred the lines between composition and invention. As a London teenager, Tom Robertson was fascinated with the convergence of music and technology. His experiments with an assortment of keyboards, synthesizers and cassette players led his friends to dub him “Dolby.” That same fascination later drove him to become an electronic musician and multimedia artist whose groundbreaking work fused music with computer technology and video. Two decades, several film scores, five Grammy nominations and countless live-layered sound loops later, it's clear Dolby's innovations have changed the sound of popular music.

In the 1990s, Dolby re-created himself as a digital-musical entrepreneur, founding Beatnik, which developed the polyphonic ringtone software used in more than half a billion cell phones. From 2001 to 2012, Dolby served as TED's Music Director, programming great music for the TED stage, assembling a wide variety of house bands and collaborations to play between speakers. At TED2010, backed by the string quarter Ethel, he premiered the song "Love Is a Loaded Pistol," from his sweeping, A Map of the Floating City. The album marked his return to recording and touring after a 15-year hiatus, and used seriously retro technology -- '40s-era oscilloscopes and Royal Navy field-test equipment -- to control modern synthesizers, in shows at once nostalgic and cutting edge.

In 2014, Dolby took on a new name: professor. He was named the Homewood Professor of the Arts at Johns Hopkins University, teaching the course "Sound on Film."

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