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Musical Performance in the Information Age

When I think of the intersection between music and the internet, two projects immediately come to mind that succinctly represent that coupling. Here are their introductions followed by sample performances:

The Introductions

The YouTube Symphony Orchestra

YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011: Play Your Part

YouTube was leveraged as a tool for auditions for this project. What I find neat about it is the accessibility that it allowed. Non-professional musicians from all over the world, who normally would never pursue anything this grand, were able to audition out of the comfort of their own home. After, what I imagine, was a lengthy discernment process, the lucky chosen performed in a concert in the Sydney Opera House (which of course, was live-streamed on the internet).


Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir

Introduction to the Virtual Choir

Eric Whitacre took this idea a step further and actually pieced together all of the audition videos to make a virtual choir. I can only imagine the thousands of hours of work that went into the mixing of this.

The Performances

What are the final products of such colossal endeavors? Here are two samples:

YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011–The Firebird–Stravinsky


Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir–Lux Aurumque

March 30, 2011 Posted by | Music, Science and Technology, Video | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Musical Performance in the Information Age

CamelCamelCamel – Amazon Price History


CamelCamelCamel (what a name!) is a free website that tracks the price history of any product on Being a big customer, having this tool at my fingertips is invaluable. I can check to see if a product that I want is at its peak or valley and make judgement calls accordingly. You can even set alerts to notify you via email or Twitter.

This incredibly useful service is free! What are you waiting for?

via BoingBoing

March 25, 2011 Posted by | General, Productivity, Software | , , , , | Comments Off on CamelCamelCamel – Amazon Price History