This week my lifestream has been centred on further exploring the phenomenom of the virtual choir. I have visited the VC FaceBook group and browsed testimonies of individual participants. One member Songuine sums up what she has gained form being a VC participant:
Through social media, I’ve been able to converse with a music professional who generously allows me access to his knowledge and his friends. I’ve been able to ask for advice and share in online music experiences with others.
From my isolated, lonely place on the planet, I’ve become part of a universal, ongoing musical event. My health might limit my physical journey, but broadband internet has opened the world to me. I’m amazed and blessed to be given this opportunity.
There seems to be a recurring theme of learning through self-reflection or gaining feedback from others. Matt Smith summarises his experience on FaceBook:
So what have I learned from doing this?
1) Seeing a video of myself singing has revealed some interesting traits about the way I sing which I did not realise I had. I am now doing my best to sort this out and improve.
2) Do not procrastinate. It’s not worth it. And next time (hoping that there is a next time) I will give myself enough time to do plenty of recordings so that I can pick the best one.
3) It is wonderfully refreshing to be able to engage and work with someone like Eric. He makes himself so available through the use of technology. I look forward to other artists of his stature following his example.
4) I will always be proud of being part of this project and will take great pleasure in telling people that I was a member of VC 2.0
The real high pint of the week was receiving a comment on last week’s blog post from someone not on this course! It prompted me to think of the VC as an extention of the ‘Choristers and Singers’ community of practice where the adoption of the YouTube commnunity norms of communication had enabled new interactions, relationships and emotional engagment to emerge through individual and group performance.
I have also been pondering the appropriate medium for presenting this small scale ethnography (which probably isn’t an ethnography at all!). A time line seems most appropriate and I finally settled on time toast as it is both easy to author and offers a clean user interface for the viewer. It is a shame that the free version limits the amount of text you can add to an event. I would have loved to have used a time line similar to the one depicting the series of events leading up to the Arab spring – pleasingly whooshy!!
Here’s my ‘ethnography’ at long last!
I haven’t really been a participant observer here as a VC event is not currently taking place. I really don’t know if I would have enough courage to post my own rendition of one of the Eric Whitacre songs! I did think of making a youtube video of my investiagtion but time ran out so we have a time line instead.