|Posted on April 7, 2011 at 9:15 PM|
In the moment when the camera pulls back and we see all 2052 singers orbiting director and composer Eric Whitacre, we get a glimpse of something truly bigger than ourselves.
Riding the success of the first installment of the Virtual Choir , Eric Whitacre and his team have created something truly breathtaking and important with the 2011 performance of "Sleep". The 2011 Virtual Choir video features 2052 performances of 'Sleep' from 1752 singers in 58 countries, individually recorded and uploaded to YouTube between September 2010 and January 2011. The true magic of this project is not in the performance of the music, however, but in the ability of the internet to bring together human beings from all over the globe with the common goal of creating art.
One of the comments left on the YouTube page says it best: "This is what the Internet was made for. Not for giving people their 15 minutes of fame. Not to view videos of them acting idiotic, and not a way to spew hateful words. The Internet was made to bring us together and make us feel connected. It is because of this need to feel bonded to one another that something so beautiful like this could be made. I strongly hope that you will take the time to listen to this great accomplishment in music, and take comfort in knowing that you're not alone."
Music connects human beings in ways that transcend any boundaries we create with our boarders, our languages, our customs, and our self-imposed conventions. Thank you very much, Mr. Whitacre and your co-creators, for showing us the potential we have for understanding one another in new and intimate ways thanks to the rapid progress of technology.
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