Eric Whitacre conducts a virtual choir of nearly 6,000
I first came across Eric Whitacre’s work through the wonderful and inspiring Ted Talks (ideas worth spreading). The concept is fascinating and a wonderful way of using the internet to bring singers together. Eric Whitacre’s most recent virtual choir performance involved 6000 singers from across the world. His latest composition is a great mixture of choral singing and dubstep.
‘In 2010, Whitacre merged 185 singers from 12 countries singing via webcam, so that they sounded like they were performing together in one room. At TED2011, he unveiled a new work with a remote choir of 2,000 — and, at TED2013, he conducted a live and virtual choir, singing together in real time. You can look up the video of his latest experiment in musical collaboration, and as Whitacre writes us: “We have taken the style in a bit of a different direction this time, experimenting and stretching our wings.” Fun fact: The singer credits are actually longer than the video itself.