Beautiful and Totally Cool: Virtual Choir of Real People

Eric Whitacre - virtual choir youtube

How creative is this?  I’m very impressed.  And it turned out beautiful (see video below).

This guy had hundreds of people record their part by themselves on a YouTube video with him conducting…via another YouTube video.  Then he put them all together into a massive YouTube virtual choir. People from 12 countries all sang together. I’m not sure the exact number of people who participated, though. Mashable says 250. Wikipedia says 185. More on how it was done here.

The piece is “Lux Aurumque.”  Supposedly it is a poem about the birth of Christ. I haven’t confirmed that though.

Here it is:

Here’s another one by the same guy:

6 comments Add comment

Christopher Wright April 30, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Brilliantly original – and beautiful.

Sue April 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I checked the lyrics because it sounded so cool- got this through a friend on fb – repetitious words that sounded very new-age. Maybe I’m wrong – that would not be a first:-) – but that frustrated me. So beautiful but (if it’s what I found), it just seemed meaningless. But I LOVE Andy McKee:-).

Launa May 2, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Beautiful! Amazed that they were able to put all this together from so many sources, but couldn’t follow the “how it was done” link.

The stories behind the songs are very interesting as well. Go to and click “Lux Aurumque” or “Sleep” under “SATB Choral” in the middle of the page.

Thanks for posting this, Matt!

Matthew Warner May 3, 2010 at 12:11 am

Launa – you’re welcome! Not sure what was wrong with you following the link…it seems to be working fine for me.

Sue – not sure what is “new age” about it? Did they say why they thought that? Some of the words translated are simply:

warm and heavy as pure gold
and angels sing softly
to the new-born babe.”

Sue May 3, 2010 at 10:22 am

That’s better:-). The website and lyrics I found did not reflect that. Thanks for checking.

Anna May 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Love this . How great and original this piece is . Brilliant !!!!

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