Thomas Dolby is 50!

Ok, this is sort of off topic, but I’ll explain why I’m posting it and hopefully it will make sense. I’ve been a fan of Thomas Dolby for a while. Yesterday he posted on his blog that he had turned 50 I couldn’t believe it.

Last year I went to see him live at the ICA in London. It was an amazing gig, not only because it was a great live show, but also because it was the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik and he celebrated in a typically unique way. The first half of the show was a film with live music and voice overs about public reaction to sputnik’s launch. It was performed by Dolby and his friends the Radio Science Orchestra, which featured an amazing theremin player (see picture below).

So here’s the first link to mobile music making. Lots of apps these days are theremin type apps or XY based controllers which we wouldn’t have if it weren’t for the theremin itself. Hearing it live was awesome.

The second link is that Dolby has been involved in a lot of mobile music technology. Reading about him on wikipedia he was involved in the RMF format and CEO of Beatnik that licensed ringtone technology to Nokia!

So, in many ways he’s been around in mobile music for some time.

So, Mr Dolby, if you happen to read this then happy birthday. Why not make a track on your next release hand held only!

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