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Thomas Dolby: "Love Is a Loaded Pistol"

トーマス・ドルビー:愛は弾を込めたピストル

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音楽界の発明家トーマス・ドルビーは、10年ぶりのスタジオアルバムを、復元された救命艇というユニークな、創作意欲を掻き立てる場所で制作中です。このアルバムの中から、伝説の歌手との一夜を歌った幻想的な曲を初披露しました。伴奏は現代弦楽四重奏団エセルのメンバーです。

- 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

- String quartet
Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet. Full bio

I've been playing TED for nearly a decade,
十年近くTEDで演奏してきましたが
00:21
and I've very rarely played
今まで滅多に
00:24
any new songs of my own.
自分の新曲は演りませんでした
00:27
And that was largely because there weren't any.
まあ単に新曲がなかっただけなんですが
00:30
(Laughter)
(笑)
00:33
So I've been busy with a couple of projects,
最近私は プロジェクトで忙しくしてました
00:35
and one of them was this:
その中の一つが
00:37
The Nutmeg.
ナツメグ号です
00:39
A 1930s ship's lifeboat,
1930年代の救命艇を
00:41
which I've been restoring in the garden
英国にある私の海辺の家の
00:43
of my beach house in England.
庭に復元したものです
00:45
And, so now,
だから万が一
00:47
when the polar ice caps melt,
北極の冠氷が解けたとしても
00:49
my recording studio will rise up like an ark,
私のスタジオは方舟のように浮き上がり
00:52
and I'll float off into the drowned world
沈み行く世界から船出することができます
00:56
like a character from a J.G. Ballard novel.
JGバラードの小説のようにね
00:58
During the day,
日中に
01:01
the Nutmeg collects energy
ナツメグ号はエネルギーを
01:03
from solar panels on the roof of the wheelhouse,
操舵室の屋根のソーラーパネルや
01:05
and from a 450 watt turbine
マストにある450ワットの
01:08
up the mast.
風車で集めます
01:10
So that when it gets dark,
暗くなる頃には
01:12
I've got plenty of power.
電力が沢山貯まるので
01:14
And I can light up the Nutmeg like a beacon.
ナツメグ号を 灯台のようにライトアップできます
01:16
And so I go in there until the early hours of the morning,
なので 私は明け方までそこに篭り
01:19
and I work on new songs.
新曲に取り組んでいます
01:22
I'd like to play to you guys,
では 演奏しましょう
01:25
if you're willing to be the first audience to hear it.
この曲を聞くのは 皆さんが最初です
01:27
(Applause)
(拍手)
01:29
It's about Billie Holiday.
ビリー・ホリディを歌った曲です
01:35
And it appears that,
あれはそう
01:37
some night in 1947
1947年のある夜
01:39
she left her physical space
彼女は物理的な空間を抜け出して
01:42
and was missing all night,
一晩中戻りませんでした
01:45
until she reappeared in the morning.
再び現れたのは翌朝
01:47
But I know where she was.
どこにいたのか私は知っています
01:50
She was with me on my lifeboat.
彼女はこの船に私といたのです
01:52
And she was hot.
とてもセクシーでした
01:55
(Music)
(音楽)
02:00
♫ Billie crept softly ♫
ビリーがそっと
02:27
♫ into my waking arms ♫
眠れない僕の腕に潜り込む
02:30
♫ warm like a sip of sour mash ♫
一口のサワー・マッシュのように暖かく
02:34
♫ Strange fruit for ♫
奇妙な果実のように
02:40
♫ a sweet hunk of trash ♫
可愛いろくでなし
02:43
♫ Panic at the stage door ♫
カーネギーホールの
02:51
♫ of Carnegie Hall ♫
舞台裏では大騒ぎ
02:54
♫ "Famous Jazz Singer Gone AWOL" ♫
「有名ジャズ歌手 ドタキャン」
02:58
♫ Must have left the building ♫
建物から姿を消した模様
03:05
♫ body and soul ♫
身も心も
03:09
♫ On a creaky ♫
ギシギシする
03:16
♫ piano stool tonight ♫
ピアノ椅子の上で今夜
03:19
♫ as the moon is my ♫
だって月だけが
03:22
♫ only witness ♫
目撃者だから
03:24
♫ She was breathing ♫
彼女の息が
03:29
♫ in my ear ♫
耳にかかる
03:32
♫ "This time it's love" ♫
「今回は愛のため」
03:35
♫ But love is a loaded pistol ♫
だが愛は弾を込めたピストル
03:42
♫ By daybreak she's gone ♫
夜明け前に彼女は去っていく
03:46
♫ Over the frozen river, home ♫
凍った河を渡り 家へ
03:50
♫ Me and Johnny Walker ♫
僕はジョニーウォーカーと
03:56
♫ See in the new age ♫
新しい時代を見る
03:59
♫ alone ♫
ただ一人
04:02
♫ Stay with me ♫
今夜もまた
04:08
♫ again tonight ♫
僕といてほしい
04:11
♫ Billie, time, ♫
ビリー 時は
04:14
♫ time is a wily trickster ♫
時はしたたかな手品師
04:16
♫ Still an echo ♫
心の中で
04:21
♫ in my heart says, ♫
まだ木霊する
04:24
♫ "This time it's love" ♫
「今回は愛のため」
04:27
(Applause)
(拍手)
04:40
Translated by Junko Fundeis
Reviewed by Yasushi Aoki

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About the speakers:

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
Thomas Dolby | Speaker | TED.com
Ethel - String quartet
Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet.

Why you should listen

An all-star foursome, Ethel includes performers Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Mary Rowell (violin), a mixed bag of players from classical, rock and downtown new-music circles. The powerhouse ensemble takes an unconventional approach to performance.

Says the Wall Street Journal, "Ethel ... created a world in which classical music had never grown distant, a world in which it was as fresh and direct as crowds dancing in the street."

(photo by Steve J. Sherman)

More profile about the speaker
Ethel | Speaker | TED.com