Per il primo album in studio dopo decenni, Thomas Dolby ha deciso di innovare di nuovo il suo modo di comporre ritirandosi in una barca appositamente restaurata. Qui ci regala un'anteprima di un brano meraviglioso ed evocativo contenuto nell'album, un brano che parla di una notte con una leggenda. Al suo fianco troviamo i membri del quartetto d'archi Ethel.
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." Full bio
I've been playing TED for nearly a decade,
TED ha ospitato le mie canzoni per quasi un decennio
and I've very rarely played
ma ho suonato molto di rado
any new songs of my own.
dei brani nuovi composti da me.
And that was largely because there weren't any.
Il motivo principale è perché non ne esistono.
So I've been busy with a couple of projects,
Ultimamente sono stato impegnato in un paio di progetti,
and one of them was this:
uno dei quali è questa,
la Nutmeg (Noce moscata),
A 1930s ship's lifeboat,
una scialuppa di salvataggio di una nave del 1930
which I've been restoring in the garden
che ho restaurato nel giardino
of my beach house in England.
della mia casa al mare in Inghilterra.
And, so now,
when the polar ice caps melt,
quando i poli si scioglieranno,
my recording studio will rise up like an ark,
il mio studio di registrazione si solleverà come un'arca
and I'll float off into the drowned world
e galleggerà verso il mondo annegato
like a character from a J.G. Ballard novel.
come un personaggio di un romanzo di J.G. Ballard.
During the day,
Durante il giorno
the Nutmeg collects energy
la Nutmeg raccoglie energia
from solar panels on the roof of the wheelhouse,
dai pannelli solari sul tetto della timoniera
and from a 450 watt turbine
e da una turbina da 450 watt
up the mast.
in cima all'albero.
So that when it gets dark,
Così quando diventa buio
I've got plenty of power.
ho tutta l'energia che voglio.
And I can light up the Nutmeg like a beacon.
E posso accendere la Nutmeg come un faro.
And so I go in there until the early hours of the morning,
Quindi mi rifugio lì fino alle prime ore del mattino.
and I work on new songs.
E lavoro a nuovi brani.
I'd like to play to you guys,
Vorrei suonarvene uno,
if you're willing to be the first audience to hear it.
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 recordingand touringafter 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."