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Monday, June 21, 2010

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir 'Lux Aurumque'

Here’s a stunning example of ‘music meets technology’ to achieve a sublime artistic result. 

Composer Eric Whitacre had people submit videos of themselves singing the individual parts of his hauntingly beautiful choral composition Lux Aurumque (Light of Gold).

185 voices. 243 tracks. 12 countries. A choir unlike any other. What started as a simple social media experiment, has become a poetic metaphor of our shared humanity and the power of connection.

Acclaimed composer and conductor Eric Whitacre offered the sheet music of his original composition, "Lux Aurumque", as a free download and invited singers to submit a video of themselves performing one part (soprano, alto, tenor, or bass).

These rather ordinary videos of solo performances were then pieced together to form a choir of singers who have never met each other...but have unwittingly created music in perfect harmony together.


Eric Whitacre is an American composer of choral, wind and electronic music.

He is widely considered one of the greatest choral composers of his generation. 


He has served as a guest conductor for ensembles throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.

He is inspired by pop and electronic music and is known for his work with virtual choirs—creating choral community via the internet.

He awarded scholarships to the top people in every section, and they will perform with him in New York at a live concert. 

The singers come from twelve countries: Austria, Argentina, Canada, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand, The Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The music is simply ravishing.

It is emblematic of the dynamic at work across social media and its trans-formative potential. Here we see people otherwise unknown to each other raising their voices in harmony directed towards a common goal. 

At the risk of sounding lofty, the results we can achieve through coordinated community efforts, on a local and global scale, can be just as beautiful.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Massenet "Meditation" from Thais, Yo-Yo Ma

Thaïs (Pronounced tah-eess / ta:'i:s) is an opera in three acts by Jules Massenet to a French libretto by Louis Gallet based on the novel Thaïs by Anatole France. It was first performed at the Opéra Garnier in Paris on 16 March 1894, starring the American soprano Sybil Sanderson, for whom Massenet had written the title role.

Thaïs takes place in Egypt during Byzantine rule, where a Cenobite monk, Athanaël, attempts to convert Thaïs, an Alexandrian courtesan and devotée of Venus, to Christianity, but discovers too late that his obsession with her is rooted in lust; while the courtesan's true purity of heart is revealed, so is the religious man's baser nature.

The work is often described as bearing a sort of religious eroticism, and has had many controversial productions. Its famous Méditation, the entr'acte for violin and orchestra played between the scenes of Act II, is an oft-performed concert music piece; it has been arranged for many different instruments.

Thaïs: Meditation by Jules Massenet
Performer:  Yo-Yo Ma (Cello), Kathryn Stott (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894; France
Date of Recording: 2003
Venue:  Mechanics Hall, Worchester, MA
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs.
Notes: Arranged: Yo-Yo Ma 

Massenet "Meditation" from Thais/Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott
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Saturday, June 19, 2010

SKODA SUPERB GLASS HARP (Škoda Superb Skleněná Harfa)

Although this is "just a commercial", what you see and hear in the video is real. The guy you see is Petr Spatina and he makes music with 597 schott zwiesel crystal glasses. 

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Moldau on glass harp- B. Smetana-Robert Tiso

The sound of glass music is unmistakably unique. Ever since this art has been performed, the audience has always found it surprisingly intriguing. 

The inventor of the glass harmonica,Benjamin Franklin, after listening to the sound of musical glasses, wrote with much enthusiasm "...it's tones are incomparably sweet beyond those of any other".

Robert Tiso is a classical guitarist and has been playing glass music since 2002. His instrument is known as the glass harp or more commonly musical glasses, and consists of 39 stem glasses of different sizes and shapes, fixed to a wooden base and tuned by adjusting the quantity of water each one contains. 

The sound is produced simply by rubbing the moistened fingertips along the rims, this friction causes the vibration that makes the glasses resonate.

With this ethereal sound Robert Tiso performs a wide repertoire that includes many classical masterpieces by Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky.... and more contemporary compositions by Morricone, Pink Floyd... 

All carefully chosen to suit the sound and arranged to express the potential possibilities of the glass harp. An exciting and curious concert for all kinds of audiences that gives the opportunity to see a live performance of a 300 year old musical tradition almost forgotten by modern times.

The Moldau (Vlatva) from Mà Vlast (My Homeland) by B. Smetana played on glass harp by Robert Tiso.

The piece contains Smetana's most famous tune. It is an adaptation of the melody La Mantovana, attributed to the Italian renaissance tenor Giuseppe Cenci (also known as Giuseppino), which, in a borrowed Moldovan form, was also the basis for the Israeli national anthem, Hatikvah. The tune also appears in major in an old Czech folk song Kočka leze dírou ("The Cat Crawls Through the Hole") and Hans Eisler used it for his "Song of the Moldau".

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hermès × Tokujin Yoshioka

This video clips of Japanese actresses blow hanging scarves away from their faces is very ethereal and quiet, a wonderful antidote to the typical overstuffed holiday display.

Maison Hermes in Japan is experimenting with a shop front window art installation designed by Tokujin Yoshioka and produced by Satoshi Asakawa. Each window shows a Hermès scarf apparently being blown about by the breath of a Japanese actress. The illusion is achieved by venting air from a small hole in the wall near the mouth in the printed image.

Tokujin Yoshioka was asked by Maison Hermès Japan to design a window display, featuring its famous scarfs. It’s actually a new version of a display he did for the brand back in 2004. But it is still amazing in its simplicity.

On designing a window-display of Maison Hermès, I intended to express people’s daily ‘movements’ with a suspicion of humor. there are moments when I perceive a hidden presence of a person in the movements born naturally in daily life. I created a design where one can perceive someone behind the scarves as if life were being breathed into them”.

Maison Hermès Window Display
Nov 19, 2009 ~ Jan 19, 2010
Maison Hermès (ginza5-4-1, chuo-ku, tokyo)

©Satoshi Asakawa / Courtesy of Hermès Japon