Following my last post on the legitimization of social media I was fascinated to come across information about the YouTube Symphony Orchestra - an example of how social media can be used to connect performing artists in surprising ways.
Musicians around the world were invited to submit YouTube videos of themselves performing a piece written by composer Tan Dun specifically for this event. Thousands of submissions were received from around the world, out of which a panel of professional musicians selected the members of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Symphony members were flown to New York where they practiced together for several days and then performed Tan Dun's "Internet Symphony, Eroica" last night at Carnegie Hall.
Not being musical myself I have no idea whether the Internet Symphony and/or the performance are good, bad or indifferent but I was fascinated by the idea of using freely available social networking tools to create an orchestra from scratch...and this mashup of the individual performances is pretty cool too!
I wonder how many other ways this idea can be applied? Maybe performing a play via a mashup that stitches together video of cast members who might be scattered across the globe, or assembling a dance troupe via YouTube auditions...libraries could even do programs where they invite community members to submit videos of themselves reading poetry or performing music and then assemble the videos into a mashup and show it on a big screen or via the library website. Fun to think about!