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Thomas Dolby’s ‘Time Capsule Tour’

05:01 PM Tuesday 1/10/12 | |

Thomas Dolby’s upcoming tour launches in March but he’s already thinking about the future. The very distant future.

Playing music from his 2011 album, A Map Of The Floating City, Dolby’s March through April road trip will feature an actual time capsule that looks like something HG Wells might have come up with if he had crossbred a time machine with a tear-duct travel trailer. The chrome and brass-plated vehicle seats three and features a high-tech video recording suite. The plan is to park the time capsule outside the venues Dolby will play on this tour, giving fans a chance to slip inside and create a fully produced 30-second video clip.

Once the clips are completed they will be instantly uploaded to a new YouTube channel – time-capsule.tv – as well as the users’ Facebook and Twitter pages. The most-viewed clips will result in prizes for the creators. The clips will also be assembled into an online video montage.

“If you had 30 seconds to explain to an alien visitor what went wrong with our civilization, what would you say?” Dolby said. “Our species may not be around on this planet much longer, so you might as well leave a welcome message for the next guys!”

The Time Capsule Tour begins in Austin, Texas, at SXSW March 16. Other temporal/geographical locations include New Orleans at Tipitina’s March 17; Orlando’s Social March 18; Atlanta at The Loft March 20; Annapolis, Md., at Rams Head On Stage March 23; New York City’s Canal Room March 29; Montreal at L’Astral April 1; Toronto’s Mod Club April 2; Royal Oak, Mich., at the Music Theatre April 4; Chicago’s Park West April 5; San Francisco at the Red Devil Lounge April 13 and Los Angeles at Largo April 17.

Perks such as merch and other goodies are available via Dolby’s Flat Earth Society fan club. Join before Jan. 31 and you’ll get a free download of the Return To Oceanea EP. Click here for more details.


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