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.
- Sublime (TED video) Eric Whitacre: A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong – Universe Standing O (nurturenatureproject.com)
- Watch “Sleep,” Eric Whitacre’s new work with 2,000 voices (ted.com)
- A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong: Eric Whitacre on TED.com (ted.com)
- World’s ‘largest online choir’ gets 3D makeover (telegraph.co.uk)