Almost one year ago, Eric Whitacre put together 165 voices performing his piece ‘Lux Aurumque‘ from around the world to create the first YouTube Virtual Choir. Besides being a beautiful piece of music, what was so special about the piece is the scope and idea behind the project. These vocalists were alone, in their room, singing to a webcam. And in the end, their voice was put together with 164 other voices, all of whom did the exact same thing in another part of the world, to create something that can only be described as magical.
Now, Eric Whitacre is back with the Virtual Choir 2.0, a collection of over 2,000 videos from 58 countries around the world. This time, they are performing his piece ‘Sleep‘. Check it out after the jump.
The video for ‘Sleep’ is a beautiful representation of the interconnection that occurs between us all as we interact on the Internet. It embodies the very concept of what stares us in the face every day: ‘www’, World Wide Web. Many of us have lost sight of what that means because, on the Internet, there are no borders. For a great many of us, we don’t even realize that what we’re reading might have been written in another town, state, country or even continent.
The World Wide Web is exactly that, a web of virtual connections that stretches across the face of Earth, allowing me in Michigan, USA to write this article for you readers to (hopefully) enjoy, wherever you might be.