Thomas Dolby

Musician, Producer & Innovator

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  • Thomas Dolby`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Thomas Dolby`s U.S. Speaking Fee

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

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Thomas Dolby: An Evening of Music and Storytelling

In this intimate solo show, Thomas will deconstruct half a dozen of his favorite songs, telling the story behind their creation while breaking down the beats, chords, keyboard parts, and synth sounds, looping and layering them until he has recreated the entire song. Thomas&#...

In this intimate solo show, Thomas will deconstruct half a dozen of his favorite songs, telling the story behind their creation while breaking down the beats, chords, keyboard parts, and synth sounds, looping and layering them until he has recreated the entire song. Thomas’ simple rig is a couple of keyboards, a drum pad, and a MacBook, the output of which is projected on a screen behind him, so the audience can see ‘under the hood’ while he builds and performs each piece.

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About Keynote Speaker Thomas Dolby

Thomas Dolby’s Key Accomplishments Include…

Perhaps best known for blinding us with science, TED Music Director 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. Now back to touring and recording (after a 15-year hiatus), he’s using seriously retro technology — ’40s-era oscilloscopes and Royal Navy field-test equipment — to control his modern synthesizers, in shows that are at once nostalgic and cutting edge.

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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