Have you heard the virtual choir that Eric Whitacre assembled to perform his piece ‘Lux aurumque’ on YouTube? He got 185 singers from 12 countries to post clips of their parts, and then made a ‘choir’ out of them. The sound is rather lovely, and you can see the individuals on screen as the camera pans across.
Apparently, Whitacre adjusted each clip to scrub out the adjacent noises and to blend the voices better. It’s what goes on in music production anyway – a kind of tonal airbrushing. I like the idea of people from all over the world being able to join together to create music, and you can see the intense involvement on their faces.
Whenever I’ve sung in a choir, though, I’ve intuitively responded to the people and their voices around me – and perhaps to the atmosphere of the place where I’m singing. I guess I’m struggling again with the question of how important it is to be physically present with other people for beauty, grace, spiritual connection (see earlier post ‘From the comfort of your home)
And the music does sound just a bit too perfect …