(2) New Media?

The Virtual Choir was created by Eric Whiteacre, an American composer and conductor in 2010. It is a composition involving 185 singers world-wide who were asked to submit a video of  them singing the various music parts of Whiteacre’s original piece, “Lux Aurumque”. The participants were instructed to submit an “audition” (audio), which would be later evaluated. On the basis of these audition tapes, Whiteacre than selected 185 individuals to participate in the composition. In Whiteacre’s blog, he mentions that he has never met, in person, any of the members of his choir. In fact, Whiteacre and Scott Haines, the individual who compiled and edited the entire performance, had only met once in person. The Virtual Choir was an online hit, receiving over one million views in the first two months of it being released.

Whiteacre is a “new media artist” because his work is both innovative and original. This type of collaboration uses new technology and the concept is very unique. It brings human beings together in a meaningful way, all through the act of experimentation. Whiteacre’s vision wouldn’t have been made possible decades ago. The new technology produces a composition that could only have been possible in the old days if people physically assembled in the same room. This permitted a “group phenomenon” without ever forming an actual group.

Sources:

The Virtual Choir – Eric Whiteacre. 2010. Web. Wednesday, September 21, 2011 http://ericwhiteacre.com/the-virtual-choir

Whiteacre, Eric. “Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir – ‘Lux Aurumque’”. Mar 21, 2010. Online Video Clip. Youtube. Acessed on September 21, 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7o7BrlbaDs

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