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Thomas Dolby, BT hook up for late-fall outing

Buoyed by the response to his early 2006 return to the tour trail following a 15-year hiatus, Thomas Dolby sets out again this fall for a co-headlining run with fellow electronic pioneer BT.

The duo launches the trek in late November and is currently scheduled to touch down in 17 cities, including a Dec. 22 finale in New York City. Details are shown below.

Before hitting the road, Dolby offers up "The Sole Inhabitant," a CD and DVD that house live footage captured during his roadwork earlier this year. The collection is due out Nov. 21 on Dolby's own label, and will be available via his website, as well as through CDbaby and iTunes, according to a press release.

The CD will feature material recorded during a two-night stand at Martyr's in Chicago, while the DVD was filmed at Boston's Berklee Performance Center.

"The set list is the same for both," Dolby wrote in a blog entry posted at his site Monday (10/23), "but I felt that, while Boston looked very nice (thanks to Berklee's own video production and lighting crew), the Martyr's gig had that warm feeling which pervaded my spring tour."

In the same blog entry, Dolby had high praise for his companion on the upcoming tour.

"If you don't know this guy, you should," Dolby wrote. "BT is credited as the inventor of several trance/house genres, and DJs massive gigs in sold-out dance clubs and festivals. But that's just the tip of the iceberg: he's also a brilliant record producer, and creates his own music software when the off-the-peg stuff falls short."

Dolby went on to say that BT will be backed by a three-piece band, and will be "playing live soundtracks to projections of the seven animated films from his current DVD, 'This Binary Universe.'"

Dolby's solo set features him onstage with "a bank of high-tech computers, a collection of vintage oscilloscopes and signal generators, a military headcam and antique radio-operator earphones strapped to his head," according to a press release. Live visuals are performed simultaneously by renowned video artist Johnny DeKam.

Following the tour, Dolby plans to record his first studio collection of all-new material since 1992's "Astronauts and Heretics."

Best known for his 1982 hit "She Blinded Me With Science," Dolby has experienced greater success outside of the traditional music industry. An inventor and entrepreneur, Dolby founded the tech company Beatnik Inc. in 1993, which created the ringtone software used in two-thirds of the world's mobile phones, according to a press release.

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