Virtual voices: Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir

Posted by Ian on Sep 13, 2009 in blog | No Comments
Maybe it all started with ‘Chocolate Rain‘, but there are now thousands of videos all over the net of people singing all manner of songs over their webcams. It was only a matter of time ’til video posting sites such as YouTube became bastions for self-produced, lofi music videos and mass-syndicated amateur singing, but amidst the torrent of tenors ad onslaught of altos, Eric Whitacre has decided to separate the wheat the from the chaff and create the world’s first audition-based virtual choir.

It cannot be ignored that the project is to some extent a use of sensationalism and spectacle to advance Whitacre’s career. The sound quality of the choristers’ own recordings does not allow for sensitive control of choral blending or tuning, and there is also the question of the quality of Whitacre’s arrangements in general. However you feel about the aesthetic or acoustic merits of the musical production, it is an exciting demonstration of the new types of independent musical collaborations that are enabled through the near ubiquity of webcams amongst computer users.
Aspiring singers can audition for the choir and represent their country in song. Best of luck to all the hopeful virtual choristers.

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