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TED News in Brief: Olafur Eliasson puts sunshine in your pocket, Thomas Dolby launching a center for technology + artsTED News in Brief: Olafur Eliasson puts sunshine in your pocket, Thomas Dolby launching a center for technology + arts

Posted By Tedstaff

This week, so much TED-related news hit the transom. Below, some of the highlights. Artist Olafur Eliasson (watch his TED Talk) muses on his latest work — “Little Sun,” a miniature solar-powered lamp that puts five hours of sunlight in your pocket — in this awesome video from our friends at The Creators Project. The […]

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

TED Global newsmakers: Alessandro Acquisti on facial recognition, Thomas Dolby jams with Buzz Aldrin and moreTED Global newsmakers: Alessandro Acquisti on facial recognition, Thomas Dolby jams with Buzz Aldrin and more

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

TEDGlobal 2013 will bring dozens of speakers to the stage with ideas to make you “Think Again.” As the conference begins in just four days, here is a look at some of the slated speakers who made the news this week. Plus, a few notables from TEDGlobals of the past. Alessandro Acquisti studies the tension between our […]

Entertainment

Thomas Dolby retires as musical director of TED ConferencesThomas Dolby retires as musical director of TED Conferences

Posted By Emily McManus

Thomas Dolby, TED’s longtime musical director, has retired from his post. Dolby recently returned to recording after a break of nearly two decades, and has been enjoying a personal musical renaissance with the release of his new album, A Map of the Floating City, and a worldwide concert tour. Over the past 12 years, Dolby […]

TEDGlobal 2010

Thomas Dolby’s band at TEDGlobal

Posted By Jenny Zurawell

This year at TEDGlobal, Thomas Dolby has assembled his own group of musicians to perform with him on stage: Matthew Seligman Bass In the late ’70s, bassist Matthew Seligman set the groove for British psychedelic guitar-pop group The Soft Boys. Then he rode the crest of the New Wave movement with the Thompson Twins in […]

Music

Thomas Dolby: Spot the Billie Holiday lyrics

Posted By Emily McManus

Via The Official Thomas Dolby Blog: Thomas Dolby has posted the lyrics to his brand-new song “Love Is a Loaded Pistol,” which premiered today on TED.com. He throws out a challenge: “See how many of Billie’s song titles you can spot.” Get the lyrics >> He writes that an MP3 of studio version of “Pistol” […]

Music

"Love Is a Loaded Pistol": Thomas Dolby's new song, on TED.com

Posted By Emily McManus

For his first studio album release in decades, musical innovator Thomas Dolby has been composing music in the uniquely inspirational setting of a restored life-boat. Here he premieres a gorgeous, evocative song from that album — about one night with a legend. He’s backed by members of the modern string quartet Ethel. (Recorded at TED2010, […]

 

Thomas Dolby's notes on TEDGlobal music

Posted By Emily McManus

On his lively blog, TED’s music director, Thomas Dolby, collects his thoughts on the music of this past week. From the post: As TED’s music director I have the enviable task of selecting the musicians that appear here, and helping them tune their performances to fit the context. It’s an honour for me and for […]

Music

"The Singular Thomas Dolby" released today

Posted By Matthew Trost

Thomas Dolby — TED’s Musical Director — sends us news that EMI has released a two-disc CD and DVD collection that features all his singles and videos. Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. From his beginnings in the London underground electronica scene, he rose to MTV stardom, then […]

Music

Thomas Dolby remixes Radiohead

Posted By Tedstaff

From the blog of TED’s musical director, Thomas Dolby: I’ve done a remix of Radiohead’s gorgeous ‘Nude’ from the Rainbows album. This was not solicited by the band. They are running a remix contest for their single, and I just went to iTunes and bought the ’stems’ to the song for $5 just like everybody […]

Music

Thomas Dolby warms up for TED2008

Posted By Tedstaff

TED’s Musical Director, Thomas Dolby, is blogging about his preparations for the conference — choosing music, working with the amazing house band and special guests … And he plans to blog about TED music regularly from Monterey, throughout the conference. As he writes: So what’s the role of music in all of this? Well, imagine […]

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Thomas Dolby on TED.com

Posted By Tedstaff

Featuring the vocals and mischievous bell-playing of accordionist and singer Rachelle Garniez, the TED House Band — led by Thomas Dolby on keyboard — delivers this delightful rendition of the Edith Piaf standard “La Vie en Rose.”

Entertainment

Keeping up with the Dolbys

Posted By Tedconfjune

It’s a great month for following TED favorites online. First Malcolm Gladwell, and now Thomas Dolby has launched a blog. Of course, Thomas has always had a strong online presence, but a blog makes everything more personal. How else could we learn what happens in his garden shed?