Thomas Dolby

Oral History Information

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Musician, Vocalist

Thomas Dolby was a champion of early synthesizers and used them often during his performances as a pop star beginning in the 1980s. For example, his 1982 hit “She Blinded Me with Science” incorporates several synths including the MiniMoog and the Simmons Drum Machine. Always looking for ways to make sounds with new technology, Thomas created the company Headspace in 1993 which produced Internet downloadable files. He later changed the company name to Beatnik, Inc and released software synthesizers, which were licensed to Nokia for their mobile phones. In 2018, Thomas became a professor at the Peabody Institute for Music for New Media programs at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.