A Map Of The Floating City
November 13, 2011 4:54 PM Subscribe
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Thomas Dolby's first album of original material in nearly 20 years
is not only a CD
and an online MMO game
, but it's also an opportunity to look inside the creative process of one of the more respected artists of our time.
Dolby first introduced his new compositions at TED, when he played Love Is A Loaded Pistol backed by a string quartet
. The first known track in his Amerikana EP
, he soon followed it up with The Toad Lickers
, the creation of which he explored in depth in two parts
. (Bonus video looking behind the scenes of the creation of the music video.
) He continued to let his online audience peek behind the curtain as he explained how he constructed Road To Reno (in three parts
) and 17 Hills (also in three parts
Dolby then released the second EP, Oceanea, which consists of three tracks: Oceanea
, and To The Lifeboats
. He took some time to answer questions from fans about the creation of these songs (in two parts
The third of the three EPs
is Urbanoia, which was never released as an EP on its own, but which opens the album. It includes the tracks Spice Train
and Evil Twin Brother
. Dolby has, as of yet, not offered any in-depth look into how these tracks were recorded.
Thomas Dolby recently embarked on a lecture tour of the US which featured him speaking about his album and the game related to it
. While not much of his lecture has been recorded, the following performances were captured in Seattle:
Europa And The Pirate Twins
To The Lifeboats
Love Is A Loaded Pistol
Evil Twin Brother
The Toad Lickers
Intro to She Blinded Me With Science
She Blinded Me With Science
Dolby plans on doing a full tour of the US in 2012.
BONUS VIDEO: Dolby's cat knows how to pee in a toilet.
Which is kind of what I'd expect from Thomas Dolby's cat.