November 14, 2013
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Event Information At: http://www.axs.com/events/245658/thomas-dolby-presents-the-invisible-lig...
There's a mysterious island across the water off the East Anglian coast that during its chequered history has been an airfield, a military testing ground for experimental weapons, and home to the main transmission network for the BBC World Service. On the tip of the Island is a beautiful lighthouse. Since Thomas Dolby was a small child he has fallen asleep at night to the soothing periodic flash of its light on his bedroom wall.
But now it's about to be closed down forever.
As ships adopt satellite navigation, lighthouses around the world are becoming obselete, and this treasured fixture of Thomas’ childhood will go the same way. Global warming and beach erosion threaten its very foundations, and it's soon going to be a pile of rubble left to fall into the North Sea.
Returning to the land where he grew up, Thomas is troubled by the demise of this iconic landmark. He feels the urge to witness and record the final flash of the lighthouse. But his investigations uncover an eerie backdrop to the Island involving classified WW2 secrets, unexploded weapons, and even a reported UFO sighting. It seems the powers that be have a vested interest in preventing him from filming on the Island. And so, armed with networked spy cameras and a radio-controlled quadrocopter, he stages a clandestine dawn raid on the Island in his RIB. Alone with the lighthouse and exposed to the elements, he confronts the fallacy of his own implanted childhood memories.
Over the past year Thomas has taught himself to become a writer, filmmaker and editor, in order to produce this impressionistic and deeply personal documentary that follows in the vein of his music and lyrics, describing it as ‘a kind of tone poem with music and moving images’.
The Invisible Lighthouse is a unique transmedia performance piece. Projecting the film on the big screen, Thomas Dolby accompanies the picture with live narration and a musical score linking songs from various stages of his career, including 'Cloudburst At Shingle Street' through to 'Oceanea' and beyond. He is aided and abbetted by longtime collaborator Blake Leyh—award-winning sound designer and music supervisor of ‘Treme’ and ‘The Wire’—who creates Foley sound effects and footsteps in real time to picture.