I just came across Eirc Whitacre‘s Virtual Choir, 2010. His idea is brilliant. His composition and conducting are glorious. The finished product is sheer transcendence: people all over the globe bringing voice to beauty. This is spectacular: technology in the service of beautiful, united though individual, human emotive expression—a true global collaborative effort at its finest. You easily see both the honesty and purity of the gift of self expression dedicated to the craft of human beauty in the faces and posture of the participants the editor chose to highlight. (I’m just glad I didn’t have to create the video compilation or mix the audio!)
Brilliantly conceived from start to finish, this virtual choir has already been viewed over a million times on YouTube. Most, though not all, of the singers are younger people from the United States, Canada, Singapore, Germany, and Sweden. If you wish to learn more about how the Virtual Choir began, check out this video. I would love to know the back story on how the participants came to be involved in this collaboration.
Want to participate in the Virtual Choir 2011? You can! Eric wants it to be the largest Virtual Choir ever recorded. At this link Eric discusses how to interpret the score, Sleep, for the Virtual Choir 2011 recording. You can learn more about how to record and upload your part, sign up and download the score at Eric’s web site. The text and translation can be found at this link.
This is awesome!ï»¿ Be sure to watch it in full screen. (Also, the audio doesn’t begin until the curtain opens.)
Here is a link to the Westminster Chorus singing this piece in TTBB, and this link to the Westminster Cathedral Choir. Eric uses the gift of delicate dissonance so carefully crafted as to become sonorous and expansive. Just no words to describe it…
- ï»¿Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir Tour (theworld.org)
- How Digital Media is Attracting New Arts Audiences (readwriteweb.com)