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Thomas Dolby retires as musical director of TED Conferences

Thomas Dolby retires as musical director of TED Conferences

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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 []

Thomas Dolby’s band at TEDGlobal

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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 []

Thomas Dolby: Spot the Billie Holiday lyrics

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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” []

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

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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

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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 []

"The Singular Thomas Dolby" released today

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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 []

Thomas Dolby remixes Radiohead

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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 []

Thomas Dolby warms up for TED2008

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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 []

Thomas Dolby on TED.com

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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.”

Keeping up with the Dolbys

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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?