Synth-pop pioneer Thomas Dolby plays the Eden Project
THOMAS DOLBY, musician, record producer and, now, award-winning independent film-maker plays at the Eden Project on Wednesday, September 11.
The British synth player had chart success in the 1980s with hits like Windpower, Europa And The Pirate Twins, Hyperactive! and She Blinded Me With Science. He was also band leader for David Bowie’s unforgettable appearance at Live Aid.
The Invisible Lighthouse Tour sees Dolby take his latest film project on the road, and present it to audiences as a unique theatrical experience.
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Combining his music and art in one breath-taking show, the tour will focus on some of the UK’s most historic arthouse cinemas ... and Eden.
There is a mysterious island across the water off the East Anglian coast that, during its chequered history, has been an airfield, a military testing ground for experimental weapons and home to the main transmission network for the BBC World Service.
On the tip of the island is a beautiful lighthouse.
“Since I was a small child, I have fallen asleep, at night, to the soothing periodic flash of the light on my bedroom wall,” said Thomas.
But, now, it is about to be closed down.
Like many lighthouses around the world, it’s becoming obsolete as ships adopt satellite navigation.
With global warming and beach erosion threatening its very foundations, it’s soon going to be a pile of rubble left to fall into the North Sea.
Over the past year Thomas has taught himself to become a writer, film-maker and editor in order to produce this impressionistic documentary that follows in the vein of his music and lyrics, describing it as “a kind of tone poem with music and moving images.”
Thomas Dolby’s The Invisible Lighthouse Tour is a unique transmedia performance, where he accompanies the screening with live narration and a musical soundtrack linking songs from various stages of his career, including Cloudburst At Shingle Street through to Oceanea and beyond.