Youtube Symphony

Mash-up; collaborative web; globalization…these are just some of the typical terms you hear nowadays regarding the development of web technology – and this orchestra is yet another example, where the London Symphony Orchestra plays the Internet Symphony No. 1 “Eroica” – for YouTube, conducted by Tan Dun:

Personally for this specific application, while it’s interesting to see this (can we still say novel?) form of expression enabled by the web, the lingering question remains as “why?”. What exactly is it about this collaboration that makes it special, something that you can’t achieve with the typical orchestra?

Has the music become something different or special due to the ability to compose from multiple cuts of home-recorded videos? Not really. For me this became simply a ‘because-I-can’ demonstration – it has not truly leveraged the power of the collaborative masses. Not yet anyway.


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