Friday, February 25, 2011

(The clip below shows Eric Whitacre describing how this choir came into being.)


  1. He has a large assortment of songs sequenced out.I have a few programs to do this with.

  2. Hi Steve - - - he has a huge repertoire ready and available to listen to on his website. You say you have a few programs to do this with? I'm curious - would you mind telling us a wee bit more about these, please? Thanks! C

  3. Sonar is a program you can have a 24 track studio in your computer. You can plug in instruments, or take samples from other songs.You make your own drums and percussin.This is similar to what Eric used, possibly placing multitracks together and then condensing them into a single track to sequence in with others he combined.Robert Miles is one of my favorites to do this.

    A simpler program is Band in the Box. There are already 138 instruments you can sequence into 8 tracks and also play instruments or voice into. You have one area where your instruments can be played on the 2 lower rows of your computer keyboard.A large song catalog is already in this one which you can add to, and you have 150 styles you can change each song with. I can take a Beatles tune and make it new age or country in a click, then I have created my own song.A fun way to blow off steam when typing away.
    These were some of the reasons that I am in my 13th computer at home.

  4. I have never heard of this .. it is stunning.. as the world joins us with support and love during the EQ disaster in Christchurch .. this seems to express the oneness so beautifully. Thank you.

  5. Hi Steve - sorry it's taken me a while to get back to your wonderfully in-depth explanation of Sonar and how it works. It sounds fascinating and - like so much soft (or is it hard - I still don't know the difference; soft, I think!) ware available, full of potential. Are you a musician yourself? You say you play with this programme using other people's music, but do you compose your own, I wonder? I always have my ears pricked for musicians with original soundtracks who might be open to collaborating on small film projects. . .

    Thanks for taking the time to explain this all, Steve!

  6. Hello Joan - technology might have made this performance possible, but it is about so much more, I agree.

    The poet Jane Hirshfield wrote "The abstract labels for what we call 'spiritual' are all too narrow - they can't catch it, they're diminishing terms. If you turn instead to image or metaphor, the world begins to awaken. . . '

    Eric Whitacre's global community project is one such metaphor. He - his music, the singers, the unknown, invisible audience - all of it together brings about an awakening.

    Love, Claire

    (And today is your birthday - a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you, Joan.)

  7. You come up with some wonderful posts Claire and this is one of them. It rang a bell for me re another wonderful choir project I'd heard about; The Unsung Town.
    I had hoped to send the link to your blog by clicking on the 'share' button, but I'm not very familiar with these things - and it popped up on my own blog! If you get a chance to look at it and feel it is worth sharing with your many readers, I'm sure you will know how to do this!

  8. Dear Jane - thank you for introducing us to The Unsung Town choir. As I said on your blog, I love the glorious imperfection of it, the joy, presence and heart of everyone participating in the music. Healing, indeed. Here is the link for anyone who would like to listen (and sing along!) - - -