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And Now For Something Completely Thomas Dolby

04:09 PM Wednesday 9/14/11 | |

Never one to do anything ordinary, Thomas Dolby slots a brief lecture/music tour beginning the first week of October.

The plan calls for Dolby to spend 60 minutes talking about his new online social networking media game, “The Floating City,” and perform songs from his upcoming album along with a few fan favorites from his incredibly unique catalog.

A Map Of the Floating City, is scheduled for an October 25 release on Lost Toy People Records via Redeye Distribution. Recorded on Dolby’s solar-powered lifeboat, Mark Knopfler, Imogen Heap and Regina Spektor were among the artists guesting on the album.

Dolby likes to describe “The Floating City” as a “dieselpunk dystopia” where “weary survivors of a global climate catastrophe [are] bartering and trading to stay alive in the face of techno-piracy and mutant squid attacks.”

Already more than 5,000 people have played “The Floating City,” joining together in nine tribes to explore a virtual world based on people and places in Dolby’s music as well as discover downloadable MP3s, including sneak previews of upcoming releases. The 12-week game’s grand prize was a free private concert preformed by Dolby and his band.

For the lecture/music tour Dolby will talk about the player-created stories that took place in “The Floating City,” including the “patent applications” players filed to protect themselves from many of the freakish and unexpected events that took place during the course of gameplay and were reported upon by The Floating City Gazette. Dolby will also talk about the game’s development team that consisted of members working in different time zones who never actually interacted with each other on a face-to-face basis.

The tour begins in Washington, D.C., at The Loft Oct. 3. Other stops are New York City at Tribeca Oct. 5; Chicago at Martyr’s Oct. 7; Seattle at The Triple Door Oct. 10; Portland, Ore., at a KINK-FM concert Oct. 12; San Francisco at Bimbo’s 365 Club Oct. 13; and two dates in Los Angeles – the Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery Oct. 14 and the Grammy Museum Oct. 17.

After concluding the lecture/music tour, Dolby heads to the U.K. for a full live concert tour in November. In early 2012 Dolby will embark on a theatre / performing arts center tour of the U.S. nd will play a few festival dates later in the year.

For more information, please visit ThomasDolby.com


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