Well – it’s been a long time coming – now the third post of this blog. As we hurtle towards the end of the year, resolutions are being thought about, and keeping this blog updated is one of them.
Recently I went to stay with a friend of mine who lives in a very small seaside town in Northern Ireland and this visit got me thinking about how technology can be used in a really creative way. A neighbour of hers has a teenage son, who is very interested in music, and is very taken with the iPad. He visits my friend and assembles pieces on the garageband app on her iPad. He is very interested in ‘multi tracking’ where people record themselves singing all the parts to a song – even including instruments and rhythm and creates his own versions of pop songs on his limited software on his PC.
When I met him the other weekend, he told me that he had been featured in a global collaboration for Sting’s 60th birthday. Some fans had put together a version of ‘Fragile’ and posted it on YouTube. This really struck a chord (!) with me – as this teenager from a small town in Northern Ireland was featured on this track with people from all over the world. The video was put together by a girl in Israel! How else could this happen but with the technology we have now – truly a global village!
I wrote the above paragraph and then found that Mark Berthelemy had already beaten me to it with his recent post. This was the idea that Eric Whitacre had with his world choir. Albeit on a smaller scale – check out George’s collaboration here (he’s the one that does the beat halfway through).
Let me know if you’ve come across any inspirational collaborations recently!