Regular readers of this space might remember a post on Philanthrosourcing and the internet world from back in December. It was all about the YouTube symphony, a collection of individual musicians who learned their parts and then sent videos of themselves playing to conductor Tan Dun.
I wrote then:
Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t think that I would be able to judge which of the thousands of YouTube videos are worthy of a trip to Carnegie Hall. Furthermore, if it was me judging, or even if it was something put to a vote of the YouTube population, I’ll bet the results would tend more toward cacophony than symphony. All this adds up to is a pretty cool project that simply wouldn’t work without the support and knowledge of conductor Tan Dun.
You know what I like? I like it when cool ideas like this are realized. Check out the video of the final product, the Tan Dun composition "Internet Symphony, Eroica" as selected and mashed up from thousands of video submissions from around the globe. The music is impressive, but the production values might be even better. (Also, listen for the singing saw. Good stuff)