These solo performances will take the form of a 60-minute lecture about his new social networking transmedia game, The Floating City, interspersed with live songs from his upcoming album (A Map of the Floating City), as well as a few timeless classics.So far no word if Dolby has survived said "mutant squid attacks" in one piece, but he is scheduled to appear at 92Y Tribeca in NYC TONIGHT (10/5). Tickets are still available.
...At each show, Dolby will give his personal account of the groundbreaking game, which he describes as "a Dieselpunk dystopia . . . weary survivors of a global climate catastrophe bartering and trading to stay alive in the face of techno-piracy and mutant squid attacks!"
More than five thousand players played the online game, forming into nine "tribes" and competing for the grand prize -- a free private concert by Dolby and his band from his new album.
...Dolby will retell the player-created stories that unfolded during the 12 weeks of gameplay, highlighting key characters' profiles, and the "patent applications" they filed to protect themselves against the unpredictable freak events reported by The Floating City Gazette. And he'll share behind-the-scenes insights into the production process, which took place over the course of an eight-month period using a team of developers in different time zones who never met face to face.
All tour dates and some video is below.
Floating City Game trailer
THOMAS DOLBY - 2011 TOUR DATES
Wed., Oct. 5 NEW YORK, NY 92 Y Tribeca
Fri. Oct. 7 CHICAGO Martyr's
Mon., Oct. 10 SEATTLE, WA Triple Door
Wed., Oct. 12 PORTLAND, OR KINK-FM Concert
Thurs., Oct. 13 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Bimbo's 365 Club
Fri,. Oct. 14 LOS ANGELES, CA Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Mon,. Oct. 17 LOS ANGELES, CA Grammy Museum (interviewed by Bob Santelli)