Thomas Dolby has just been announced as the third recipient of Moog's Innovation Award - I guess this is somewhat akin to the lifetime acheivement type awards you get tacked on to the major gong shows. But this one is different, being that its given by one of the most recognized electronic music brands the world has ever known, and that of course, Mr Dolby is still very much alive and kicking.
I admit, I'm a big fan of Thomas Dolby, his seminal "The Golden Age of Wireless" and "The Flat Earth" were milestones in electronic music production - and not all gated 80's verb and Dimension D - they still stand up today.
Not only that but Dolby's production and session work see's him popping up all over - Joni Mitchell's "Dog Eat Dog", and as I discovered only recently - Joan Armatrading's "I'm Lucky" - that iconic synth line was him too.
In between, the 80's and 00's Thomas dabbled in some Silicon Valley tech company work, forming the Headspace and Beatnik companies and pioneering the technology that allowed us to enjoy those early polyphonic ringtones, technology which was licensed to Nokia and other major players.
His first studio album in 17 years came last year with "A Map of the Floating City" - and is still classic Dolby, though more focussed on the song these days, he still makes a jolly good record.
And Dolby is to perform at the Moogfest later this year - sounds like a great gig.
A synth and a new expressive keybed
Novel way to demo the super low cost bus powered mini synth