Nice area to explore Geraldine… is this the right place to post comments, so I don’t have to register at timetoast – I have quite enough user names and passwords already!
I did not really know what a virtual choir did, so I watched the Virtual Choir 2.0 “Sleep” YouTube video via your link. It was interesting to see everyone involved and all looking mighty serious. The “ring world” of images and cluster connections for the visuals was very effective.
The observations about people’s involvement made for interesting reading. I like this sort of “community of interest” which might perhaps a better phrase than “community of practice” which you explored.
First of all let me admit my bafflement when you were considering the choice of topic on the hub. I was not aware of the existence of one-man bands on Youtube, not to mention virtual choirs!
Your project has opened my eyes to something extraordinary – another way in which technologies can support individual creativity and self-expression with such a pure result – the music is exquisite.
I am undecided whether the fact that it was orchestrated by the composer/conductor adds to its beauty or not. On the one hand it certainly does as the final result looks and sounds very professional but on the other sometimes the garage-made recordings are more authentic and perhaps if the singers were actually involved in all the stages of the production, the whole virtual choir could clearly be defined as a community … Well, it all depends on the definition, you can’t deny the amount of passion, charisma and emotional investment!
While considering whether it’s a community or not, a couple of things come to my mind. To what extent was there support in form of constructive feedback from other singers? I mean not only on youtube, but elsewhere – were other communication channels used, like email, offline meetings? And with the second performance, Sleep, how many of the singers were doing it again? And how about the next project? It would be interesting to explore the back channels and whether and how the singers connected. Perhaps it’s the community in the making? Worth following the story!
I thought this was great Geraldine – I liked the fragmented form of the timeline, and the way it let you aggregate a lot of fragments around your theme. I share your frustration on the brevity of postings though – I wanted to read more of your analysis and interpretation, especially since your blog posting (and Jenny’s response) was so interesting. The notion of ‘imagined community’ for this kind of event is a lovely one and I thought the link with ‘mass’ sporting events was really nicely done. It would be very tempting to do a much bigger study of the VC!
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