The list of breakthrough innovations in Thomas Dolby’s 35-year career is continuous. As an early MTV icon he blazed a trail for electronic music with his imaginative videos. The same year as his own record reached the top of the pop/dance charts, he co-wrote and produced the first ever platinum-selling rap 12” single “Magic’s Wand” by Whodini. He has performed with David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, George Clinton and Roger Waters.
In 1992 Thomas co-designed the first ever music-based VR experience ‘The Virtual String Quartet’ for the Guggenheim Museum in New York. He also composed soundtracks for games on CD-ROM, PC, Sega, Xbox and Playstation, as well as location-based entertainment installations. Holding multiple patents, he is the co-author of the audio layer of Java™, and the industry-standard Mobile MIDI polyphonic ringtone file format; and he co-designed the Beatnik ringtone syntheziser that is embedded in hundreds of millions of mobile phones.