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Music A composer's virtual choir strikes a chord with YouTube viewers American composer Eric Whitacre began an interesting new choral project by way of a simple question: Does a choir have to be together to sing together? The result has garnered millions of YouTube hits.

  • The idea for the online ensemble came to Whitacre when a girl posted a clip of herself singing the soprano part from one of his compositions;
  • The Virtual Choir 2;
  • Maybe it's the fall of the church, but I think there's something primal about singing and watching others sing;
  • Although he has been courted by big corporate sponsors, Whitacre says he would rather keep the project a "labor of love" or "art for art's sake;
  • As for the Virtual Choir 3;
  • Meanwhile, he is in the process of building a virtual classroom on his website to host open forums and instructional videos with experts in everything from film scoring to poetry.

Faces of the hundreds of singers appear in the YouTube video Before the advent of the Internet, joining a choir might have required dressing in black and walking over to the nearest church - but not anymore. Now, a tenor sitting at his desk in Alaska can sing the descant to a soprano at home with her webcam in Indonesia - thanks to an idea from Eric Whitacre, an American choral composer who has attained rock-star popularity on several continents.

In his "Virtual Choir 2.

Eric Whitacre

Whitacre conducts silently from his own sphere. As the voices emerge, the composer's signature floating dissonances and dusky harmonies beam through the starry background.

  1. They even began dating.
  2. The result has garnered millions of YouTube hits.
  3. Whitacre admits that he wasn't quite prepared for the community that sprang up this time around. Whitacre conducts silently from his own sphere.
  4. The idea for the online ensemble came to Whitacre when a girl posted a clip of herself singing the soprano part from one of his compositions.

The idea for the online ensemble came to Whitacre when a girl posted a clip of herself singing the soprano part from one of his compositions. It occurred to him that if he could find a way of having individuals sing at the same speed, it would possible to create a virtual choir, although he has said he never imagined that it would be more than "a proof of concept.

Eric Whitacre - Composer Weekly #100

The video became a hit with over 1 million views in its first 60 days. The Virtual Choir 2. Whitacre admits that he wasn't quite prepared for the community that sprang up this time around.

They even began dating. One woman commented that she used to sing all the time with her sister before she became an airman and had to travel regularly. Whitacre says he was moved by her perception that she was singing with her sister despite the lack of physical contact.

  1. Although he has been courted by big corporate sponsors, Whitacre says he would rather keep the project a "labor of love" or "art for art's sake.
  2. The result has garnered millions of YouTube hits.
  3. Does a choir have to be together to sing together?

Getting connected Submissions for the "Sleep" project were acceoted for several months in late 2010 The project may also have an educational dimension. Whitacre also rejects notions that the Internet is antisocial, comparing it to the telephone, which no one would consider an "isolating" mechanism. Maybe it's the fall of the church, but I think there's something primal about singing and watching others sing.

I at least connect with it very deeply and immediately. Meanwhile, he is in the process of building a virtual classroom on his website to host open forums and instructional videos with experts in everything from film scoring to poetry.

A composer's virtual choir strikes a chord with YouTube viewers

As for the Virtual Choir 3. Although he has been courted by big corporate sponsors, Whitacre says he would rather keep the project a "labor of love" or "art for art's sake. He explains that social media is a pleasant break from the lonely act of writing.

I personally feel very lucky to be living in a time when the internet is in its first evolutionary stages.