By Eric Schelkopf at The Total Scene
It only makes sense that the man who wrote the song “She Blinded Me With Science” went on to form the tech company Beatnik Inc., which created the ringtone synthesizer embedded in more than three billion mobile phones shipped by Nokia, Motorola, Ericsson and others.
Now retired from Beatnik, Thomas Dolby, www.thomasdolby.com,on Oct. 25 will release his first new studio album in 20 years, “A Map Of The Floating City,” featuring such guest stars as Mark Knopfler, Regina Spektor, Natalie MacMaster, Bruce Woolley and Imogen Heap. He worked on the album in a studio he built aboard a 1930s lifeboat in the garden of his beach house in England.
In addition, Dolby in June debuted “The Floating City” transmedia game, a living world that changes and reacts to player contributions.
Dolby will give a special solo performance and lecture Oct. 7 at Martyr’s, 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.
The show starts at 6:15 p.m., and tickets are $17, available at www.martyrslive.com.
I had the chance to talk to Dolby about a variety of topics, including his view of the changing music industry.
Total Scene – I saw a YouTube video of you and Imogen Heap talking about the song, “The Toad Lickers.” It looks like you had a fun time making this album.
Thomas Dolby – Yeah, it’s been really good fun. I’ve been away from music for a while. I’m finding that I’m having a lot of fun doing it, and it’s really nice to be back and I’m not feeling at all jaded.