THOMAS DOLBY : THE SPEED OF SOUND
Breaking the Barriers between Music and Technology
Based on his meticulous notes and journals, The Speed of Sound chronicles Dolby’s life in the music business during the eighties; in Silicon Valley through the nineties, and at the forefront of the mobile phone revolution around the turn of the millennium – it was Dolby who created the synthesizer installed day on most mobile phones.
With humour and a considerable panache for storytelling, The Speed of Sound is a revealing look behind the curtain of the music industry, as well as a unique history of technology over the past thirty years. From sipping Chablis with Bill Gates to visiting Michael Jackson at his mansion or viewing the Web for the first time on Netscape founder Jim Clark’s laptop, this is both the view from the ultimate insider and also that of a technology pioneer whose groundbreaking ideas have helped shape the way we live today.
Thomas Dolby became one of the most recognisable figures of the synth pop movement of early-’80s new wave. He played synth on Foreigner’s 4, Def Leppard’s Pyromania and Joan Armatrading’s Walk Under Ladders and supported David Bowie at Live Aid. He also wrote the score for Fever Pitch. His last studio album was 2011’s A Map of the Floating City, which featured with guest appearances from Mark Knopfler, Regina Spektor, Imogen Heap, and others.
‘Engaging, emotional, funny and surprising’ —JJ Abrams
‘[Dolby’s] journey is as amazing as the book is well written. From start to finish, I thoroughly enjoyed every page. Brilliant.’ —Henry Rollins
7.00pm THURSDAY 13th JULY
ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE
Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
Tickets (£8.00) are available from
Ropetackle Arts Centre
Tel: 01273 464440 www.ropetacklecentre.co.uk