This email arrived today from Emi at Sherdian College:
I thought I’d let you know about a pretty cool project for which I am the technical coordinator.It’s known as a Virtual Choir, and has been mounted before, most famously by Eric Whitacre. I have filmed a composer conducting a track he wrote, and uploaded it to YouTube in four different iterations for each musical harmony. We are calling for people to sing a part, recording the performance with their webcams, upload it to YouTube and submit a form on a website so that we can collect the videos and combine them into a giant virtual choir.
We currently have 200 people participating and are hoping to get more. It is supposed to be for people aged 18-22 (college years) and the song reflects that somewhat.
What’s cool about this project is that I will then be projecting a collage of the singers, including their mixed vocals live with a smaller choir and live piano accompanying it. It will be the finale for the show.
There will also be an installation in a surround array with each part in a separate channel, a la the 40-part motet.
If you want to check it out, go here.
You have until the end of the month to get involved.