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A 2,000 virtual member choir

April 11, 2011
Students rehearse with Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre’s TED talk on how he built a virtual choir with 2,000 voices, by asking for contributions from individual singers that they then posted on YouTube:

In a moving and madly viral video last year, composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual choir of singers from around the world. He talks through the creative challenges of making music powered by YouTube, and unveils the first 2 minutes of his new work, “Sleep,” with a video choir of 2,052.

The full piece premiered April 7, 2011 (on YouTube!). Eric discusses how he put it together, and some of the discoveries he made along the way.

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