Eric Whitacre, Music, and Technology

March 1, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Posted in Composers | Leave a comment
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Eric Whitacre is a composer and conductor working out of LA. The IWS has played his “October” and “Noisy Wheels of Joy” before and had fun with them. Recently, though, he has managed to put together his love of composing and conducting with current technology and created something beautiful, original, and beautifully original. The Virtual Choir.

The idea is rather simple: Write a piece of music, send the music out into the world where people can record themselves performing each piece, and then bring those pieces together into a single musical performance.

Last year’s project was called “Lux Aurumque.” It brought together 185 voices from 12 countries in this ethereal performance:

Whitacre will release this year’s project in April. Find out more about it at EricWhitacre.com. Submissions are already closed for this year, but maybe next year you can become one of the voices from around the world to contribute to this music.

Music isn’t immune to advancements in technology, and it shouldn’t be. Changes in technology open up new horizons in music, just waiting for a creative mind to put ideas together and create something new, original, and beautiful. What ideas do you have for combining technology and music in new and interesting ways?

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