Thomas Dolby rose to fame in the 1980s when his song "She Blinded Me With Science" became
an instant hit. His unique blend of electronic music, sound effects, vocal recordings and instrumental music has made him
a well-known artist all over the country. Whether he's performing in a packed concert hall or on a college campus, he provides
a spectacular show that has fans begging for more.
Dolby's latest tour centers on a landmark from his childhood. He
said that as a boy, growing up in London, England, he could see the flashing lights of the East Anglican lighthouse on his
bedroom wall. The lighthouse was a fixture in Dolby's childhood and still stands proudly on the coast, ushering in wayward
ships to a safe place to rest. But, with years of erosion and under utilization, the lighthouse has fallen into disrepair.
Dolby has created an ode to this tower of hope in his latest tour. The musician taught himself how to be a film director,
an editor and writer to capture the beauty of the lighthouse in a film that is scored by the songs of Dolby's career. With
haunting images and Dolby's signature eclectic music, fans not only get the chance to hear a live performance from this talented
musician, but they also get to experience poetry in motion when Dolby screens his newest project. Dolby will be touring the
US and the UK with his latest endeavor, and sharing his life's work with the world.
made his mark on the world as an electronic musician, but his latest project shows just how versatile he is. Over several
months, Dolby filmed the lighthouse that stands as a beacon on the East Anglican coast of England. He captured the beauty
of the structure and how it has fallen from grace. Every haunting image allows the audience to feel empathy for the lighthouse
as if it were a living, breathing organism. Dolby taught himself how to write and edit the footage he shot, and create something
as unique as he is.
About the Artist
Thomas Dolby was born in London, England, and spent most of his childhood
in the historic city. But, due to his father's work as a professor, the family also lived in France, Italy and Greece for
extended periods of time during Dolby's upbringing. He first discovered music when he made his school choir at the age of
10. He learned to sight-read lines of music, and found the guitar. In a few years, Dolby discovered jazz music and began emulating
famous jazz musicians like Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans and Thelonious Monk on the piano. Although he loved the
piano and jazz music, he found his true calling when he discovered synthesizers in the mid-70s. He got his hands on a kit-built
synthesizer and began creating his own unique tracks.
Because of Dolby's love of audio equipment, his friends started
calling him Dolby in the early 1970s after the Dolby Laboratories' audio-noise reduction equipment. The nickname Dolby stuck
and soon Thomas adopted it as his stage name attached to his first name Thomas. When Dolby hit it big with "She Blinded Me
With Science," Dolby Laboratories started a legal battle to get the musician to change his name. But, luckily, the court decided
Thomas Dolby could keep his stage name.
As the 1980s begun, Dolby found his signature sound. His style of music fell
under the "New Pop" or "New Wave" umbrella that incorporated electronic instruments like synthesizers along with high-energy
recordings and sound effects. He released his first album, The Golden Age of Wireless in 1982 in the UK, but it didn't fair
as well as he'd hoped. It didn't include the catchy "She Blinded Me With Science" single. But when the artist released an
EP with his star-making single, the record company re-released his first album with that single. The album was a commercial
success, peaking at No. 5 on The Billboard Hot 100.
"She Blinded Me With Science" was by far his biggest hit, and peaked
at No. 5 on the US Hot 100 chart. It included samples of the famous "mad" scientist Dr. Magnus Pyke, who was known for his
wild arm movements and Einstein-esque hair. Since then, the talented musician and performer has become one of the most recognizable
artists in the electronic music world, and has performed alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry. Now he's
back out on tour with some of his classic songs and a few new favorites, showing the world he's still just as entertaining
as he was 30 years ago.
While Dolby found success in the music business before
he hit it big as a solo artist, his big break came with the release of his single "She Blinded Me With Science" in the early
1980s. It became his biggest hit, and has become a cult-classic song that continues to get air time today. It has appeared
on a number of television shows like The Big Bang Theory and The Simpsons, and is one of the most recognizable electronic
music pieces of all time. The song was so popular in fact, that the record label re-released it along with Dolby's first solo
Whether you've been a fan of Dolby's since the 1980s, or you're just now discovering
the talented musician, his live performances are an entertainment experience not-to-be-missed. Dolby stands in the middle
of a maze of synthesizers, keyboards, computers and sound equipment during his performances. Even though his "instruments"
are spread out around him, he seems to be able to find the exact button or key to get the results he wants at the exact moment
he wants it. It's like watching a choreographed dance that is perfectly timed to the music. And with headphones and other
gadgets attached to his head, he resembles a mad scientist himself. And with larger than life moving images projected behind
him and a team of audio-visual experts, Dolby produces a show that is worth the price of admission.