Eric Whitacre conducts a virtual choir of nearly 6,000

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There are thousands of faces in the skyscraper windows in this anime-inspired 3D music video. Each face is a webcam capture of a singer — 5,905 of them to be exact, from 101 countries across the globe. Their voices have been blended together into a virtual choir by composer Eric Whitacre for his latest composition, “Fly to Paradise.“

[ted_talkteaser id=1110]In 2010, Whitacre merged 185 singers from 12 countries singing via webcam, so that they sounded like they were performing together in one room. At TED2011, he unveiled a new work with a remote choir of 2,000 — and, at TED2013, he conducted a live and virtual choir, singing together in real time. The video above is his latest experiment in musical collaboration, and as Whitacre writes us: “We have taken the style in a bit of a different direction this time, experimenting and stretching our wings.” Fun fact: The…

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