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Thomas Dolby: "Love Is a Loaded Pistol"

Thomas Dolby: "El amor es una pistola cargada"

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Para su primer lanzamiento de un álbum en décadas, el innovador musical Thomas Dolby ha estado componiendo música en un escenario inspirador único, un bote salvavidas restaurado. Aquí él estrena una hermosa y evocadora canción de ese álbum, que trata sobre una noche con una leyenda. Es acompañado por los miembros del moderno cuarteto de cuerdas Ethel.

- 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." Full bio

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

I've been playingjugando TEDTED for nearlycasi a decadedécada,
He estado tocando en TED por casi una década
00:21
and I've very rarelyraramente playedjugó
y raras veces he tocado
00:24
any newnuevo songscanciones of my ownpropio.
canciones nuevas de mi autoría.
00:27
And that was largelyen gran parte because there weren'tno fueron any.
Y eso se debía en gran parte a que no tenía ninguna.
00:30
(LaughterRisa)
(Risas)
00:33
So I've been busyocupado with a couplePareja of projectsproyectos,
Así que he estado ocupado en un par de proyectos,
00:35
and one of them was this:
uno de los cuales es éste:
00:37
The NutmegNuez moscada.
"Nutmeg" (Nuez moscada)
00:39
A 1930s ship'sbarco lifeboatbote salvavidas,
un bote salvavidas de 1930,
00:41
whichcual I've been restoringrestaurando in the gardenjardín
que he estado reparando en el jardín
00:43
of my beachplaya housecasa in EnglandInglaterra.
de mi casa en la playa en Inglaterra.
00:45
And, so now,
Así que ahora,
00:47
when the polarpolar icehielo capstapas meltderretir,
cuando los polos se derritan
00:49
my recordinggrabación studioestudio will risesubir up like an arkarca,
mi estudio de grabación se erigirá como un arca
00:52
and I'll floatflotador off into the drownedahogue worldmundo
y flotaré en el mundo que se ahoga
00:56
like a characterpersonaje from a J.G. BallardBallard novelnovela.
como un personaje de una novela de J.G. Ballard.
00:58
DuringDurante the day,
Durante el día,
01:01
the NutmegNuez moscada collectscolecciona energyenergía
el Nutmeg almacena energía
01:03
from solarsolar panelspaneles on the rooftecho of the wheelhousetimonera,
de paneles solares ubicados en el techo de la cabina
01:05
and from a 450 wattvatio turbineturbina
y de una turbina de 450 vatios
01:08
up the mastmástil.
en lo alto del mástil.
01:10
So that when it getsse pone darkoscuro,
Así que cuando oscurece,
01:12
I've got plentymucho of powerpoder.
tengo mucha energía eléctrica.
01:14
And I can lightligero up the NutmegNuez moscada like a beaconFaro.
Y puedo iluminar el Nutmeg como un faro.
01:16
And so I go in there untilhasta the earlytemprano hourshoras of the morningMañana,
Y sigo ahi hasta las primeras horas de la mañana.
01:19
and I work on newnuevo songscanciones.
Y trabajo en nuevas canciones.
01:22
I'd like to playjugar to you guys,
Me gustaría tocar para ustedes,
01:25
if you're willingcomplaciente to be the first audienceaudiencia to hearoír it.
si están dispuestos a ser los primeros en escuchar.
01:27
(ApplauseAplausos)
(Aplausos)
01:29
It's about BillieBillie HolidayFiesta.
Es sobre Billie Holiday.
01:35
And it appearsaparece that,
Al parecer,
01:37
some night in 1947
en una noche de 1947,
01:39
she left her physicalfísico spaceespacio
ella abandonó su espacio físico
01:42
and was missingdesaparecido all night,
y estuvo perdida toda la noche,
01:45
untilhasta she reappearedreaparecido in the morningMañana.
hasta que por la mañana reapareció.
01:47
But I know where she was.
Pero yo sé donde estuvo.
01:50
She was with me on my lifeboatbote salvavidas.
Ella estuvo conmigo en mi bote.
01:52
And she was hotcaliente.
Estuvo "apasionada".
01:55
(MusicMúsica)
(Música)
02:00
BillieBillie creptdeslizado softlysuavemente
♫ Billie se acercó suavemente ♫
02:27
♫ into my wakingdespertar armsbrazos
♫ a mis brazos dispuestos ♫
02:30
warmcalentar like a sipsorbo of souragrio mashmezcla
♫ calientes como un sorbo de malta agria ♫
02:34
StrangeExtraño fruitFruta for ♫
♫ Desconocido, fructífero, ♫
02:40
♫ a sweetdulce hunkpedazo of trashbasura
♫ dulce maciso de basura ♫
02:43
PanicPánico at the stageescenario doorpuerta
♫ Pánico en la puerta del escenario ♫
02:51
♫ of CarnegieCarnegie Hallsala
♫ de Carnegie Hall ♫
02:54
♫ "FamousFamoso JazzJazz SingerCantante GoneIdo AWOLausente sin permiso" ♫
♫ Famosa cantante de jazz ausente sin aviso ♫
02:58
MustDebe have left the buildingedificio
♫ debe haber abandonado el edificio ♫
03:05
bodycuerpo and soulalma
♫ en cuerpo y alma, ♫
03:09
♫ On a creakyrechinador
♫ en una crujiente ♫
03:16
pianopiano stooltaburete tonightesta noche
♫ butaca de piano esta noche, ♫
03:19
♫ as the moonLuna is my ♫
♫ porque la luna es mi ♫
03:22
♫ only witnesstestigo
♫ único testigo ♫
03:24
♫ She was breathingrespiración
♫ Ella estuvo respirando ♫
03:29
♫ in my earoreja
♫ en mi oído ♫
03:32
♫ "This time it's love" ♫
♫ Esta vez es amor ♫
03:35
♫ But love is a loadedcargado pistolpistola
♫ Pero el amor es una pistola cargada ♫
03:42
♫ By daybreakrecreo de día she's goneido
♫ Para el amanecer se había ido ♫
03:46
♫ Over the frozencongelado riverrío, home ♫
♫ Por el río congelado, a casa ♫
03:50
♫ Me and JohnnyJohnny WalkerCaminante
♫ Johnny Walker y yo ♫
03:56
♫ See in the newnuevo ageaños
♫ Vemos en la nueva era ♫
03:59
alonesolo
♫ en soledad ♫
04:02
StayPermanecer with me ♫
♫ Quédate conmigo ♫
04:08
♫ again tonightesta noche
♫ de nuevo esta noche ♫
04:11
BillieBillie, time, ♫
♫ Billie, el tiempo, ♫
04:14
♫ time is a wilyastuto tricksterembaucador
♫ el tiempo es un astuto timador ♫
04:16
♫ Still an echoeco
♫ Todavía un eco ♫
04:21
♫ in my heartcorazón saysdice, ♫
♫ en mi corazón dice ♫
04:24
♫ "This time it's love" ♫
♫ Esta vez es amor ♫
04:27
(ApplauseAplausos)
(Aplausos)
04:40
Translated by Sebastian Betti
Reviewed by Patricia Tatis

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About the speakers:

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."

Why you should listen

Perhaps best known for blinding us with science, Thomas Dolby has always blurred the lines between composition and invention. As a London teenager, Tom Robertson was fascinated with the convergence of music and technology. His experiments with an assortment of keyboards, synthesizers and cassette players led his friends to dub him “Dolby.” That same fascination later drove him to become an electronic musician and multimedia artist whose groundbreaking work fused music with computer technology and video. Two decades, several film scores, five Grammy nominations and countless live-layered sound loops later, it's clear Dolby's innovations have changed the sound of popular music.

In the 1990s, Dolby re-created himself as a digital-musical entrepreneur, founding Beatnik, which developed the polyphonic ringtone software used in more than half a billion cell phones. From 2001 to 2012, Dolby served as TED's Music Director, programming great music for the TED stage, assembling a wide variety of house bands and collaborations to play between speakers. At TED2010, backed by the string quarter Ethel, he premiered the song "Love Is a Loaded Pistol," from his sweeping, A Map of the Floating City. The album marked his return to recording and touring after a 15-year hiatus, and used seriously retro technology -- '40s-era oscilloscopes and Royal Navy field-test equipment -- to control modern synthesizers, in shows at once nostalgic and cutting edge.

In 2014, Dolby took on a new name: professor. He was named the Homewood Professor of the Arts at Johns Hopkins University, teaching the course "Sound on Film."

More profile about the speaker
Thomas Dolby | Speaker | TED.com
Ethel - String quartet
Ethel is, perhaps, the first 21st-century realization of the classical string quartet.

Why you should listen

An all-star foursome, Ethel includes performers Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Ralph Farris (viola), Dorothy Lawson (cello), and Mary Rowell (violin), a mixed bag of players from classical, rock and downtown new-music circles. The powerhouse ensemble takes an unconventional approach to performance.

Says the Wall Street Journal, "Ethel ... created a world in which classical music had never grown distant, a world in which it was as fresh and direct as crowds dancing in the street."

(photo by Steve J. Sherman)

More profile about the speaker
Ethel | Speaker | TED.com