Virtual Choir 2.0 by Eric Whitacre - Music, Art, and Social Media Bringing the World Together
Eric Whitacre's new work, Virtual Choir 2.0, made its debut today, featuring 2,052 singers from 58 countries around the world. Each singer made a YouTube video, singing solo to a webcam, and the individual pieces were assembled into the largest ever Internet choir. It's a fantastic work of music, art and social networking that brings the world a little closer together. Here's what happened:
- Eric Whitacre delivers a TED talk about his upcoming Virtual Choir 2.0 project.
- The day before the world premiere, NPR covers the story on All Things Considered.
- Early on launch day...
- The world premiere was live streamed from the Paley Center in New York City. Lots of anticipation in advance...
- Whitacre showed a graph of video submissions over time, with steady submissions until the deadline neared, then a sharp spike at the last minute. His comments on procrastination:
- After the live event, the video was posted on YouTube.
- Whitacre's website includes the video, some history about the project, and a very cool mashup with Google Earth that shows where in the world all the singers were located, along with a link to their video.
- Background informationThe Virtual Choir 1.0 video has 2 million views on YouTube.
- This is the original video from Britlin Losee that inspired Whitacre to create a virtual choir.
Did you find this story interesting? Be the first to like or comment.