June 5, 2010

Singing alone, together

Blog, you remember when you interviewed the Internet for our 50th post.  Well, he should have mentioned to us about one of the coolest things for which I've ever seen the Web used.  Fortunately I did learn about it from a friend on Facebook.

It's a virtual choir, and this fascinating video report from CNN shows and tells you all about it.  Long story short:

Beautiful piece of music composed by Eric Whitacre + His YouTube instructional video on singing said piece + 185 people wworldwide with webcams and microphones recording themselves doing the song + brilliant idea by singer Scott Haines = a huge choir singing perfectly together that have never been in the same room.

So obviously this thing is what I call on-beyond-Zebra, beauty-wise.  But it's also a brilliant metaphor for the wonders you can achieve when technology is employed in the right ways.  The gifts of people thousands of miles apart are united in one spectacular work of art.  And lets not forget, that work of art can be enjoyed (free!) by anyone on the planet with access to a computer with speakers.  That's a picture of what we can achieve when we work together.  Just listen to the complete performance of Eric Whitacre's Lux Aurumque:

How about all those amazing faces, all so different, yet every one of them a human being of the soprano, alto, tenor, or bass variety?  And the video celebrates their disparity and their unity simultaneously. 

Doesn't this make you proud to be human?  Now there's a good litmus test of how we use technology:  does it make you proud to be human?

Congratulations to all who contributed to the creation of Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir, and thank you for the inspiration.

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