THOMAS DOLBY - Zelig of Synthpop and JHU Homewood Professor of the Arts
Thomas Dolby was an indelible part of the electronic music landscape on both sides of the Atlantic in the ’80s. The Zelig of synthpop, he was seemingly there or thereabouts at all points of that crucial decade. He enjoyed huge solo success with the singles “She Blinded Me With Science” and “Hyperactive!,” composed and performed on hits for everyone from AOR giants Foreigner to none-more-quirky new-wave girl Lene Lovich, produced three superlative albums for Prefab Sprout, and even co-wrote the much-sampled early rap classic “Magic’s Wand” by Whodini.
In 2015, Thomas Dolby joined Johns Hopkins University's faculty as the first Homewood Professor of the Arts. Read more about this here: http://hub.jhu.edu/2014/03/01/thomas-dolby-johns-hopkins
In 2011 he released A Map of the Floating City, his first solo album in almost two decades. A “travelog across three imaginary continents,” A Map . . . comprises Amerikana, Oceanea and Urbanoia, available as three separate EPs as well as an album consisting of those same constituent parts. Luckily, Thomas Dolby has been both — pop star and now esoteric and experimental but highly accessible albums artist. “I'm happy,” he says, “to settle into Chapter 2 of my career and make a bunch of albums that are challenging, adventurous and eye-opening.”
His short film The Invisible Lighthouse won two awards at the 2013 DIY Film festival in Los Angeles.
Why Should I Come to This? What Will I Take Away?
Learn about the merging space of technology and the arts
Find out the future direction of the Film and Media program as it moves to its new home in Station North
Learn about Thomas Dolby's philosophy on entrepreneurship, technology, society, and life
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Registration and Details
Registration is limited to 100 attendees!
Yes, we're serving an upgraded, HOT breakfast at this one!
FYI: Meetup accepts payment via Paypal, and as such you might see the credit card charge appear on your statement as PAYPAL * TECHBREAKFAST or TECHBREAKFAST or PAYPAL * GRAVITY CONS or GRAVITYCON or GRAVITYCONS -- this is a legitimate charge, so please make sure to note that!
No refunds are provided for no-shows or cancellations within 72 hours of the event as we've already ordered the food and paid for the books.
What is the Exec TechBreakfast?
Introducing a new kind of TechBreakfast with a new format!
Want to meet and chat with the luminaries in the industry but never had the chance? Want to get a one-on-one style of question & answer with folks who have made it in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" style interaction?
Then Exec TechBreakfast is for you! This monthly event will bring together some of the most notable and well-known movers and shakers in the technology industries here in our tech region. Each Exec TechBreakfast will follow a strictly no-presentation format with the guest presenting their background and achievements, and then the floor is turned over to you, our attendees to dig deep! Think of this as "Office Hours" for those looking for advice and guidance from those who have already been there and done that.
Exec TechBreakfasts aren't free (they're just $29 if you register early), but they are high value. Oh, and we'll upgrade the breakfast too. Tired of bagels and coffee? Me too. Come to Exec TechBreakfast and get a nice, hot meal along with some warm conversation and rich interaction.
VENUE: DLA PIPER BUILDING - MT WASHINGTON
DLA Piper is hosting us in their amazing space in Mt. Washington that can handle tons of folks, with plentiful parking, and convenient access for those that live outside the city. What more can you ask?
The DLA Piper building is in the Mt. Washington Conference Center campus (up the hill), and it is a totally amazing building. Check it out:
To get to the venue, use the Smith street entrance (and not the entrance that weaves its way through the Mt. Washington Conference Center). See below map for detail.
Parking is plentiful and there's a lot right next to the building, with plenty of room for all attendees. And it's free. Use the UPPER LOT.
Leave the few visitor spots that are right in front of the building available for the use of the offices. They have some elderly clients who aren't able to walk up the walkway to the building. The lot is really big and very close so you shouldn't need those spots anyways.
DON'T PARK ON THE CURB IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING - YOU WILL BE TOWED!
The Mt. Washington campus is located very conveniently near the Light Rail stop, which is literally just down the hill from the venue. Get off at the Mt. Washington Light Rail station, and then climb the steps to the Octagon Building at Mt. Washington and from there you can get to the DLA Piper building. It's a 15-20 minute walk at most.
There are also shuttles from the JHU Homewood and JHMI campuses right to the Mt. Washington Conference center, including one that leaves at 7:40AM from Homewood getting in by 8AM. Very convenient.
See you all there!