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The YouTube orchestra needs you

Posted by Jimmy Leach
  • Tuesday, 2 December 2008 at 11:39 am
Despite some the efforts of our own Edward Seckerson, YouTube has never seemed the natural home for posh music. By which I mean classical. Which I’ve always associated with the dirges on Radio 3 that my dad would insist on each Sunday until I grew old enough to protest and demand that I listen to scruffy blokes play guitars.

Anyhow, YouTube is obviously more mature about these things as its announced the worlds first collaborative orchestra. The YouTube Symphony Orchestra, no less – designed to link individual musicians with the opportunity for a spot of global collaboration.

And if it turns out that you’re any good, then you and your fellow YouTube discoverees will get to play Carnegie Hall – playing The Internet Symphony by Tan Dun, the chap who composed the score of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (which I never bothered seeing because someone told me where the dragon was hidden).

Get practising, you’ve got until the end of January to get spotted.


rmarsden wrote:
Tuesday, 2 December 2008 at 12:26 pm (UTC)
To see Hannes Coetzee accompanying Icy Spicy Leoncie at Carnegie Hall would be pretty special.
torpidai wrote:
Tuesday, 2 December 2008 at 04:54 pm (UTC)
Something wrong with the 80's Twinset n fake pearl types fave hooked on Classics?

Ha, you got lucky, Radio 3 on a Sunday? Sunday was Mothers choice of Radio station and Radio 4's The Archers did nothing for a kid prefering his trusty old ZX Spectrum to Human company, saw the future of computing even though father insisted the guy who said "The world will need only 5 computers.... yada yada yada" though to be fair back then most decent machines Were as big as a bus, used the power of whole towns and were about as useful as a pig in a synagogue, but hell at least the Americans managed to do their ballistics calculations on their first one hu?

One Day I'm going to have me a Full orchestra of Electric Guitars and play the classics, just to annoy the boobies out of the stiff upper lip crowd ;)

Scruffy blokes with guitars, Even better :)


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