Callahan Interview: Thomas Dolby Tells Incredible Stories Of David Bowie And MTV

Thomas Dolby (probably best known for his hit song, “She Blinded Me With Science”) has penned a memoir, The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology.

He spoke with Lee Callahan about backing up David Bowie on his piano, that Nokia ringtone, Silicon Valley, and creating his hit song for MTV. (He wanted to make the video first, before he wrote the song.)

Some of Thomas’ career highlights covered in the book include:

Dolby has performed or collaborated with David Bowie, Jerry Garcia, Eddie Van Halen, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, George Clinton, Def Leppard, Foreigner, and many, many more.
Dolby wrote the songs for George Lucas’ cult classic film, Howard the Duck.
Dolby pioneered sound on the internet – including being the first to add audio to virtual reality – in the early 90s when his tech startup, Headspace, developed the Rich Music Format (RMF) filetype.
Dolby created the iconic Nokia signature ringtone.
Dolby served as the Musical Director of The TED Conference from 2001 to 2012.
Dolby’s music career started at 17 when he found a Transcendent 2000 musical synthesizer in a dumpster walking home after getting fired from his job at a grocery store.
Dolby produced, wrote, directed, and edited his hit music video for “She Blinded Me With Science.”


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