Music, a language that transcends

16 April 2009

As a musician, I was stoked to read about the YouTube Symphony project a few months ago. The idea behind the project, a joint initiative by YouTube and the London Symphony Orchestra, was to create the world’s first truly collaborative orchestra, drawing on the talent of unknown musicians from all over the world.

Chinese composer Tan Dun created an original piece and invited musicians of all ilk to submit their auditions via YouTube to be considered for a part in the project. The definition of “instrument” was open to interpretation, as long as it could play within one of the “parts” created by Tan Dun.

The video below is the official international mash up which premiered yesterday at Carnegie Hall in the USA.

I love how this video has brought together all of the finalist YouTube musicians, using the visuals of their performance to create a “goose-bumps” experience while the piece is being performed.

Awesome stuff indeed! I’m torn as to my favourite performer between the saw-player at 1.00 and the Stormtrooper trumpeter at 1.42…

Here’s one of my local musicians, Lauren Brigden, on YouTube talking about her experience in the lead-up to her performance at Carnegie Hall.

What do you think will be next? A collaborative soap opera via YouTube perhaps?

One Response to “Music, a language that transcends”

  1. Fergus Kibble

    If you think that was amazing check out this one:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZOmbTIh6Kc

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