Thomas Morgan Robertson, known as Thomas Dolby, is an English musician, producer, entrepreneur, and teacher. He has also worked in production and as a session musician. He founded a sound technology company whose technology was used to create the Nokia tune. He was also the Music Director for the TED Conference, and he is currently on faculty at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University.
Thomas Dolby had a big hit song in 1982 with "She Blinded me with Science." But true fans know that his work is far more nuanced than that. The conversation includes input from listener Myke Dodge Weiskopf. It's all part of a weeklong series on artists whose hit song doesn't do them justice. Subscribe to Rockin' the Suburbs on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or other podcast platforms, including audioBoom, Spotify, Google Play, SoundCloud, Stitcher and TuneIn. Or listen at Please rate/review the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes and share it with your friends. Find us on the web at Email Jim & Patrick at Follow us on the Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @suburbspod If you're glad or sad or high, call the Suburban Party Line — 612-440-1984 Theme music by Quartjar. Visit
My guest for this special anniversary show is musician, tech entrepreneur, professor and now memoirist Thomas Dolby! We talk about his new book, The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology: A Memoir (Flatiron Books), the upsides and downsides of his major careers, the gestalt of artist-artwork-audience, his curious mixture of shyness and arrogance, our respective imposter syndromes, teaching music for films, moving beyond the keyboard as a computer interface, having students who don't know about his music career, looking back at his life and starting to figure out the big picture, and the one rock band that doesn't find Spinal Tap funny! More info at our site • Support The Virtual Memories Show via Patreon or Paypal
The talented Thomas Dolby sits down with the guys to talk about his recent interactive music and film tour, the early days of creating music with synthesizers and his influence on cell phone ringtones!
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Oct 14th, 1958
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2 hours, 55 minutes
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