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Virtual Choirs

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grid of 16 boxes, each containing a stick figure choir singer

At the moment, choirs cannot sing together.  But today, I have for you two examples of virtual choirs.

Composer Eric Whitacre got the idea of a virtual choir “gathering” to sing his composition Luz Aurumque. The result is stunning. Here is the virtual choir singing Lux AurumqueYou can read about the virtual choir here.

Artist Janet Cardiff had a different idea.  Cardiff recorded a choir singing Thomas Tallis’s Spem in alium, a motet for 40 voices.  You can read more about Spem in alium here.  Each singer had their own microphone.  She then tuned the result into a sound installation.  The voice of each individual singer comes from its own speaker.  While no human singers are present in the installation, it is a profoundly human experience.  I encourage you to watch this video about the sound installation.  Here is an excerpt of Cardiff’s installation.

And because we all need this now (Spem means “hope” in Latin), here is the complete Spem in alium.

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