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Thomas Dolby: "Love Is a Loaded Pistol"

Thomas Dolby: "El amor es una pistola cargada"

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Para su primer lanzamiento de un álbum en décadas, el innovador musical Thomas Dolby ha estado componiendo música en un escenario inspirador único, un bote salvavidas restaurado. Aquí él estrena una hermosa y evocadora canción de ese álbum, que trata sobre una noche con una leyenda. Es acompañado por los miembros del moderno cuarteto de cuerdas Ethel.

- 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,
He estado tocando en TED por casi una década
00:21
and I've very rarely played
y raras veces he tocado
00:24
any new songs of my own.
canciones nuevas de mi autoría.
00:27
And that was largely because there weren't any.
Y eso se debía en gran parte a que no tenía ninguna.
00:30
(Laughter)
(Risas)
00:33
So I've been busy with a couple of projects,
Así que he estado ocupado en un par de proyectos,
00:35
and one of them was this:
uno de los cuales es éste:
00:37
The Nutmeg.
"Nutmeg" (Nuez moscada)
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A 1930s ship's lifeboat,
un bote salvavidas de 1930,
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which I've been restoring in the garden
que he estado reparando en el jardín
00:43
of my beach house in England.
de mi casa en la playa en Inglaterra.
00:45
And, so now,
Así que ahora,
00:47
when the polar ice caps melt,
cuando los polos se derritan
00:49
my recording studio will rise up like an ark,
mi estudio de grabación se erigirá como un arca
00:52
and I'll float off into the drowned world
y flotaré en el mundo que se ahoga
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like a character from a J.G. Ballard novel.
como un personaje de una novela de J.G. Ballard.
00:58
During the day,
Durante el día,
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the Nutmeg collects energy
el Nutmeg almacena energía
01:03
from solar panels on the roof of the wheelhouse,
de paneles solares ubicados en el techo de la cabina
01:05
and from a 450 watt turbine
y de una turbina de 450 vatios
01:08
up the mast.
en lo alto del mástil.
01:10
So that when it gets dark,
Así que cuando oscurece,
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I've got plenty of power.
tengo mucha energía eléctrica.
01:14
And I can light up the Nutmeg like a beacon.
Y puedo iluminar el Nutmeg como un faro.
01:16
And so I go in there until the early hours of the morning,
Y sigo ahi hasta las primeras horas de la mañana.
01:19
and I work on new songs.
Y trabajo en nuevas canciones.
01:22
I'd like to play to you guys,
Me gustaría tocar para ustedes,
01:25
if you're willing to be the first audience to hear it.
si están dispuestos a ser los primeros en escuchar.
01:27
(Applause)
(Aplausos)
01:29
It's about Billie Holiday.
Es sobre Billie Holiday.
01:35
And it appears that,
Al parecer,
01:37
some night in 1947
en una noche de 1947,
01:39
she left her physical space
ella abandonó su espacio físico
01:42
and was missing all night,
y estuvo perdida toda la noche,
01:45
until she reappeared in the morning.
hasta que por la mañana reapareció.
01:47
But I know where she was.
Pero yo sé donde estuvo.
01:50
She was with me on my lifeboat.
Ella estuvo conmigo en mi bote.
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And she was hot.
Estuvo "apasionada".
01:55
(Music)
(Música)
02:00
♫ Billie crept softly ♫
♫ Billie se acercó suavemente ♫
02:27
♫ into my waking arms ♫
♫ a mis brazos dispuestos ♫
02:30
♫ warm like a sip of sour mash ♫
♫ calientes como un sorbo de malta agria ♫
02:34
♫ Strange fruit for ♫
♫ Desconocido, fructífero, ♫
02:40
♫ a sweet hunk of trash ♫
♫ dulce maciso de basura ♫
02:43
♫ Panic at the stage door ♫
♫ Pánico en la puerta del escenario ♫
02:51
♫ of Carnegie Hall ♫
♫ de Carnegie Hall ♫
02:54
♫ "Famous Jazz Singer Gone AWOL" ♫
♫ Famosa cantante de jazz ausente sin aviso ♫
02:58
♫ Must have left the building ♫
♫ debe haber abandonado el edificio ♫
03:05
♫ body and soul ♫
♫ en cuerpo y alma, ♫
03:09
♫ On a creaky ♫
♫ en una crujiente ♫
03:16
♫ piano stool tonight ♫
♫ butaca de piano esta noche, ♫
03:19
♫ as the moon is my ♫
♫ porque la luna es mi ♫
03:22
♫ only witness ♫
♫ único testigo ♫
03:24
♫ She was breathing ♫
♫ Ella estuvo respirando ♫
03:29
♫ in my ear ♫
♫ en mi oído ♫
03:32
♫ "This time it's love" ♫
♫ Esta vez es amor ♫
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♫ But love is a loaded pistol ♫
♫ Pero el amor es una pistola cargada ♫
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♫ By daybreak she's gone ♫
♫ Para el amanecer se había ido ♫
03:46
♫ Over the frozen river, home ♫
♫ Por el río congelado, a casa ♫
03:50
♫ Me and Johnny Walker ♫
♫ Johnny Walker y yo ♫
03:56
♫ See in the new age ♫
♫ Vemos en la nueva era ♫
03:59
♫ alone ♫
♫ en soledad ♫
04:02
♫ Stay with me ♫
♫ Quédate conmigo ♫
04:08
♫ again tonight ♫
♫ de nuevo esta noche ♫
04:11
♫ Billie, time, ♫
♫ Billie, el tiempo, ♫
04:14
♫ time is a wily trickster ♫
♫ el tiempo es un astuto timador ♫
04:16
♫ Still an echo ♫
♫ Todavía un eco ♫
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♫ in my heart says, ♫
♫ en mi corazón dice ♫
04:24
♫ "This time it's love" ♫
♫ Esta vez es amor ♫
04:27
(Applause)
(Aplausos)
04:40
Translated by Sebastian Betti
Reviewed by Patricia Tatis

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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."

More profile about the speaker
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