Thomas Dolby

"Love Is a Loaded Pistol"

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To write his first studio album in decades, "A Map of the Floating City," Thomas Dolby has been working in the inspirational setting of a restored lifeboat. At TED2010 he premieres a gorgeous, evocative song from that album — about one night with a legend. He's backed by members of the modern string quartet Ethel.

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Thomas Dolby · Electronic music pioneer

Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley, then went back on the road with his album, "A Map of the Floating City."

Thomas Dolby has spent his career at the intersection of music and technology. He was an early star on MTV, then moved to Silicon Valley, then went back on the road with his album, "A Map of the Floating City."

Ethel · String quartet

Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet.

Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet.