by Bill Pearis

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"I started to film out and about from my home using these fantastic bits of video kit that you can get nowadays, which in some ways have very little disadvantage over what in the past would have required a crew and a big budget. I was having a lot of fun with that and with gizmos like a quadracopter camera that I can fly with my iPhone, GoPros on sticks that make it look like you've got a SteadiCam operator following you around, and great editing software on laptops. I'm like a kid in a toy shop with all this new technology and I've got a lot more energy in some ways for exploring a new medium than one like music and MIDI that I'm all too familiar with. Themes seemed to be emerging and they all seemed to be linked to the lighthouse. The lighthouse is a convenient fulcrum for all of these things. - [The Quietus]

Synthpop vet, ringtone pioneer and TED Talks house band leader Thomas Dolby will start a North American tour this week. No stranger to technological innovation, this tour will be unique as it functions as part concert, part screening for the film he made, The Invisible Lighthouse. Dolby will narrate while foley artist Blake Leyh provides live sound effects. He also works in many of his best-known songs -- "She Blindied Me with Science," "Hyperactive," "Europa & the Pirate Twins" and more -- into the film. You can watch a trailer for The Invisible Lighthouse tour below.

The Invisible Lighthouse tour hits NYC on October 28 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets are on sale.

All dates are listed, along with The Invisible Lighthouse trailer and a few classic videos, below.

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Thomas Dolby - The Invisible Lighthouse US tour trailer

Thomas Dolby - She Blinded Me With Science

Thomas Dolby - Europa And The Pirate Twins

Thomas Dolby - Hyperactive!

Thomas Dolby - The Invisible Lighthouse 2013 tour dates
Thurs., Oct. 10 MILL VALLEY, CA Mill Valley Film Festival
Sun., Oct. 20 ORLANDO, FL Orlando Film Festival
Wed., Oct. 23 SELLERSVILLE, PA Sellersville Theater
Thurs., Oct. 24 PHILADELPHIA, PA The Trocadero Theatre in association with the Philadelphia Film Festival
Fri., Oct. 25 ALBANY, NY The Egg - Swyer Theater
Sat., Oct. 26 SOMERVILLE, MA Somerville Theatre
Mon., Oct. 28 NEW YORK, NY Gramercy Theatre
Tues., Oct. 29 CARNEGIE, PA Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall
Wed., Oct. 30 TORONTO, ON 99 Sudbury
Fri., Nov. 1 GLOUCESTER, MA Cape Anne Film Festival
Sun., Nov. 3 ROYAL OAK, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Mon., Nov. 4 CHICAGO, IL Mayne Stage
Tues., Nov. 5 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Cedar Cultural Center
Wed., Nov. 6 MADISON, WI Majestic Theatre
Thurs., Nov. 7 MILWAUKEE, WI Shank Hall
Sat., Nov. 9 ST LOUIS, MO Blueberry Hill in association with the St. Louis Film Festival
Mon., Nov. 11 LAWRENCE, KS Liberty Hall
Wed., Nov 13 BOULDER, CO The Dairy Center for the Arts
Thurs., Nov. 14 DENVER, CO Bluebird Theater
Sun., Nov. 17 VANCOUVER, BC - TENTATIVE
Mon., Nov 18 SEATTLE, WA Showbox at the Market
Tues., Nov. 19 PORTLAND, OR Alberta Rose Theater
Thurs., Nov. 21 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Swedish American Music Hall
Fri., Nov. 22 LOS ANGELES, CA Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Sat., Nov. 23 SACRAMENTO, CA Crest Theater

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