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Great Performances: Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 4 - Fly To Paradise

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Eric Whitacre Virtual Choir


I took a few moments out of my continued preparations for this weekend's VoCALnation festival to finally watch Eric Whitacre's newest Virtual Choir offering. I have featured his previous three installments on my site in the past, and was expecting another great effort. My expectations were totally shattered and I sat transfixed by Whitacre's video for his original composition Fly to Paradise.


The numbers are staggering: 8,409 VIDEOS FEATURING 5,905 SINGERS FROM 101 COUNTRIES. What else could you do with them but build a city? The sheer amount of work that goes into sorting those videos, let alone compile them, lift the audio tracks, edit, mix, and master each of them is nothing short of mind-boggling. The computer-animated angel in the video strikes me as a bit early-two-thousands-ish, but the cityscape and the images of the featured soprano soloists on billboards is humbling.


The song itself, in typical Whitacre fashion, features lush chords crafted with emotional direction and aesthetic beauty. Choir purists will balk at the electronica accompaniment, but Whitacre and his team (including a cappella community member Peter Hollens, who supplied the guide tracks and recorded his own performances) have produced true 21st century art with this video. It transcends the first three virtual choirs and elevates the choral art form into a place among and above the vast ocean of quarter-inch-deep, overproduced electronica, dubstep, and club music.


Now the only question is, how do they top themselves next time?


Fly Me to Paradise is available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify worldwide. Visit the VC4 YouTube page for links. Enjoy this stirring video.

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Posted by ★ Owner on July 17, 2013 at 11:23 AM 1153 Views

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