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Thomas Dolby: "Love Is a Loaded Pistol"

Thomas Dolby: "Love is a Loaded Pistol"

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Thomas Dolby zenei innovátor több évtized után új stúdió albumot adott ki. A dalokat egy egyedülállóan inspiráló környezetben komponálta, egy restaurált mentőcsónakban. Bemutat egy gyönyörű, megigéző dalt az albumáról -- egy éjszakáról egy legendával. A modern vonósnégyes, az Ethel zenészei kísérik.

- 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,
Már majdnem egy évtizede játszom a TED-en,
00:21
and I've very rarely played
és nagyon ritkán játszom
00:24
any new songs of my own.
a saját új számaimat.
00:27
And that was largely because there weren't any.
Leginkább azért, mert nem nagyon voltak.
00:30
(Laughter)
(Nevetés)
00:33
So I've been busy with a couple of projects,
Az utóbbi időben eléggé elfoglalt két projekt,
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and one of them was this:
és az egyik ez volt,
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The Nutmeg.
a Nutmeg,
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A 1930s ship's lifeboat,
egy 1930-as hajó mentőcsónakja,
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which I've been restoring in the garden
amit az angliai tengerparti házam
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of my beach house in England.
kertjében restauráltam.
00:45
And, so now,
Így most,
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when the polar ice caps melt,
amikor a sarki jégsapkák felolvadnak,
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my recording studio will rise up like an ark,
a hangstúdióm lebegni fog, mint egy bárka,
00:52
and I'll float off into the drowned world
és elhajózom az elsüllyedt világba,
00:56
like a character from a J.G. Ballard novel.
mint egy szereplő egy J.G. Ballard regényből.
00:58
During the day,
Nap közben
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the Nutmeg collects energy
a Nutmeg energiát gyűjt
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from solar panels on the roof of the wheelhouse,
a kabin tetjén lévő napkollektorokból,
01:05
and from a 450 watt turbine
és egy 450 wattos turbinából
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up the mast.
az árboc tetején.
01:10
So that when it gets dark,
Így amikor sötét lesz,
01:12
I've got plenty of power.
elég energiám lesz.
01:14
And I can light up the Nutmeg like a beacon.
És ki tudom világítani a Nutmeget, mint egy világítotornyot.
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And so I go in there until the early hours of the morning,
És bemegyek oda a hajnali órákig.
01:19
and I work on new songs.
És új dalokon dolgozom.
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I'd like to play to you guys,
Szeretném eljátszani nektek,
01:25
if you're willing to be the first audience to hear it.
ha hajlandók vagytok elsőként meghallgatni.
01:27
(Applause)
(Taps)
01:29
It's about Billie Holiday.
Billie Holidayről szól.
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And it appears that,
És úgy tűnik,
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some night in 1947
hogy egy éjjel 1947-ben
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she left her physical space
elhagyta a fizikai valóját,
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and was missing all night,
és hiányzott egész éjszaka,
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until she reappeared in the morning.
amíg újra meg nem jelent reggel.
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But I know where she was.
De én tudom, hogy hol volt.
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She was with me on my lifeboat.
Velem volt a mentőcsónakomban.
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And she was hot.
És nagyon szexi volt.
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(Music)
(Zene)
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♫ Billie crept softly ♫
♫ Billie óvatosan bebújt ♫
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♫ into my waking arms ♫
♫ az ébredő ölelésembe ♫
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♫ warm like a sip of sour mash ♫
♫ meleg, mint egy korty whiskey ♫
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♫ Strange fruit for ♫
♫ Furcsa gyümölcs ♫
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♫ a sweet hunk of trash ♫
♫ egy édes darab szemét ♫
02:43
♫ Panic at the stage door ♫
♫ Pánik a művészbejárónál ♫
02:51
♫ of Carnegie Hall ♫
♫ a Carnegie Hallban ♫
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♫ "Famous Jazz Singer Gone AWOL" ♫
♫ "A híres Jazz énekes eltűnt" ♫
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♫ Must have left the building ♫
♫ Biztos elhagyta az épületet ♫
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♫ body and soul ♫
♫ testben és lélekben ♫
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♫ On a creaky ♫
♫ Egy nyikorgó ♫
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♫ piano stool tonight ♫
♫ zongora széken ma este ♫
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♫ as the moon is my ♫
♫ ahogy a Hold ♫
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♫ only witness ♫
♫ a tanúm ♫
03:24
♫ She was breathing ♫
♫ Belefújta ♫
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♫ in my ear ♫
♫ a fülembe ♫
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♫ "This time it's love" ♫
♫ "Ez most szerelem" ♫
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♫ But love is a loaded pistol ♫
♫ De a szerelem egy töltött pisztoly ♫
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♫ By daybreak she's gone ♫
♫ Reggelre eltűnt ♫
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♫ Over the frozen river, home ♫
♫ Túl a befagyott folyón, haza ♫
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♫ Me and Johnny Walker ♫
♫ Én és Johnny Walker ♫
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♫ See in the new age ♫
♫ látunk az új korba ♫
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♫ alone ♫
♫ egyedül ♫
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♫ Stay with me ♫
♫ Maradj velem ♫
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♫ again tonight ♫
♫ újra ma este ♫
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♫ Billie, time, ♫
♫ Billie, az idő ♫
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♫ time is a wily trickster ♫
♫ az idő ravasz tréfamester ♫
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♫ Still an echo ♫
♫ Mégis egy visszhang ♫
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♫ in my heart says, ♫
♫ a szívemben azt mondja ♫
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♫ "This time it's love" ♫
♫ "Ez most szerelem" ♫
04:27
(Applause)
(Taps)
04:40
Translated by Anna Patai
Reviewed by Krisztian Stancz

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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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