The latest industry news to your inbox.


I'd like to hear about marketing opportunities


I accept IQ Magazine's Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy


Science!: Thomas Dolby to play concert in the cloud

The British synth wizard will play a free show using cloud-based virtual instruments, the first to utilise Roland's Cloud platform

By IQ on 26 Jul 2018

Electronic music pioneer Thomas Dolby has added a new stop to his summer 2018 tour: the cloud.

Dolby – known for his ’80s solo output (most famously ‘She Blinded Me with Science’), his session work, as the creator of the ‘Grande Valse’ ringtone (aka the Nokia tune) and as a professor at Johns Hopkins University – will play a free, live-streamed show at midnight today (26/27 July) in Roland Cloud, an internet-based software suite developed by the famed synth-maker.

“Featuring just a few keyboards, a drum pad and a MacBook running synthesisers from Roland Cloud, Dolby’s rig for this live event is simple, but the output will be projected onscreen during the performance to give the audience a unique ‘under-the-hood’ perspective,” according to Roland.

All audience members will also be provided with a 30-day free trial for Roland Cloud, allowing them to try out the same synths and sounds used by Dolby in the show.

Watch the live stream above at 16.00 PDT (0.00 BST), or pre-register for the event on the Roland Facebook page.


Get more stories like this in your inbox by signing up for IQ Index, IQ’s free email digest of essential live music industry news.

More news

Marshmello Fortnite concert most attended in histo... A record ten million players tuned in to Marshmello perform on Fortnite this weekend, for the best "attended" concert ever.
AI creates “digital twins” for entertainment indus... A Chinese entertainment show presented by AI-powered celebrity hosts – and creator Oben has its sights set on the music business.
Imogen Heap announces tech-focused new world tour Award-winning recording artist and tech evangelist Imogen Heap has announced the Mycelia world tour, her first in nearly a decade
Metallica drone supplier Verity Studios raises $18... Verity, whose drone swarm was seen circling James Hetfield on the WorldWired tour, is to expand its live activities after winning the backing of...several major investors
F8: Facebook unveils Oculus Venues for VR live str... The new app, for Oculus Gear VR and Go headsets, will enable users to watch live music and sports alongside other virtual-reality avatars