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Thomas Dolby debuts 'The Floating City' transmedia game

Best known as the singer/synthesist behind the Top 5 smash hit “She Blinded Me With Science” and as the co-inventor of the Beatnik polyphonic ringtone engine, Thomas Dolby today announced his latest creation: The Floating City is a rich transmedia game with a living world that changes and reacts to player contributions. It uses web browsers, social networks, and even smart phones and iPads as a way for fans to access his latest musical endeavors.

The Floating City is open for registration from today at floatingcity.com. Gameplay commences on June 22nd at 5 p.m. GMT (1 p.m. ET in the U.S.). Players from around the world will form tribes and collaborate to earn free music downloads, merchandise and concert tickets. The leading tribe will even win the right to stage a private concert at which Thomas Dolby and his band will perform his forthcoming album in its entirety.

Completely free to the public, The Floating City is a casual game that hooks you into building a whole story world with your tribe — as deep as you want to go. It runs on a standard web browser, smartphone or iPad without additional software installation. It is targeted at players of all ages, regardless of whether they are familiar with Thomas Dolby’s catalog. But diehard fans of the five-time Grammy™-nominated songwriter will be delighted to find that The Floating City integrates characters, places, and objects named in every one of his albums going back to the beginning of his career . . . and before.

The Floating City is set against a dystopian vision of the 1940s that might have existed had WWII turned out a lot differently,” says Dolby. A global energy experiment went haywire, the Earth’s magnetic fields have been reversed, and the planetary climate system violated. Science has betrayed us: now what must the species do to survive?

Survivors explore a fictional Google map, forming tribes and trading relics amidst a bizarre sea-going barter society. As they struggle to unravel the enigma that is The Floating City, players can haggle over merchandise and music downloads — including brand new songs from the much anticipated CD A Map of the Floating City, Dolby’s first album in 20 years, which will be released following the climax of the game.

“This is a brilliant concept,’ said writer/economist Steven Levitt. “It’s a cross between Freakonomics and Burning Man, with a back-story that would have made J.G. Ballard proud.”

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About Thomas Dolby

Thomas Dolby became a huge star in the ’80s when his songs “She Blinded Me With Science” and “Hyperactive” topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and were on constant rotation at MTV. His unique keyboard playing led to guest performances with the likes of David Bowie (Live Aid), Stevie Wonder (Grammy™ awards) and Roger Waters (The Wall) and he became a top producer, garnering five Grammy™ nominations.

Dolby abandoned the music business in the 1990s to found Beatnik Inc., a Silicon Valley tech company that built the ringtone synthesizer embedded in over 3 billion mobile phones worldwide. Now retired from Beatnik, he has returned to music and has been completing his first studio album in more than 20 years.

The Floating City game consolidates Dolby’s reputation as one of the foremost pioneers of electronic alt-culture. On hearing of the game, counter-cabaret diva Amanda Palmer commented: “Thomas Dolby is to Steampunk what Iggy Pop was to Punk!”

Allman Brothers Band & Rock the Earth to Recycle Mobile Phones across US tour

Environmental advocacy organization Rock the Earth,  announced today that they have partnered with the Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic in calling on all attendees of the bands co-headlining North American Tour, to bring their old, unwanted mobile phones (and chargers, adapters, etc) to the Rock the Earth booth at the Allman Brothers Band / Widespread Panic upcoming August - September US tour stops.

In partnership with Musictoday, Collective Good and Gibson, all attendees who bring a phone to the Rock the Earth booth for redemption will receive a 20% off a future Musictoday purchase, and be entered into a nightly drawing for an Instant Live CD of the band's performance; and the tour prize of a Gibson guitar; Plus gain entry into the national mobile phone recycling campaign Grand Prize of the "Party Like A Rock Star" experience - Winner plus 12 friends wins use of the Gibson Tour Bus for a one night concert excursion.

 

Allman Brothers Band guitarist Derek Trucks commented "We're very happy to align with Rock the Earth in this effort to keep mobile phones out of landfill, and just like everyone else, we too have been looking for the right place to recycle our old phones. In fact, I plan on bringing my five old phones to the Rock the Earth booth and I encourage everyone else to do the same".

 

Did you know that one (1) mobile phone has enough super toxic heavy metals to contaminate 40,000 gallons of drinking water?  Or, that one (1) billion new mobile phones were issued last year in the US alone, yet less than 1% ever get recycled?

 

For those people looking to recycle an old phone but who are unable to attend any of these shows, they can still do so by simply going to:  Rock the Earth Phone Recycling Center to utilize the online entry form and free shipping. All participants will receive the 20% off Musictoday discount and gain entry into the Grand Prize sweepstakes drawing,

 

So, what are you waiting for?  The more phones recycled - the less toxic chemicals threatening America's most precious natural resource - our drinking water supply!! And, the greater your chances of winning!

 

wpPlease visit www.RockTheEarth.org for more information or stop by our booth at the following Allman Brothers Band / Widespread Panic tour dates:

 

August

18 - Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Saratoga, NY) with Doobie Brothers
19 - PNC Arts Center (Holmdel, NJ) with Doobie Brothers
21 - Susquehanna Bank Center (Camden, NJ) with Widespread Panic
22 - CMAC - Performing Arts Center (Canandaigua, NY) with Widespread Panic
24 - Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion (Gilford, NH) with Widespread Panic
26 - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts (Bethel, NY) with Widespread Panic
27 - Jones Beach Theater (Wantagh, NY) with Widespread Panic
29 - Comcast Center (Mansfield, MA) with Widespread Panic
30 - Meadows Music Theatre (Hartford, CT) with Widespread Panic

September

1 - Charter One Pavilion (Chicago, IL) with Widespread Panic
2 - Charter One Pavilion (Chicago, IL) with Widespread Panic
5 - Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Morrison, CO) with Widespread Panic

October / November dates - to be determined