It seems everything is being crowd sourced these days, but a link shared by @charlottemc reminded me of how wonderous the sound of the crowd can be.
Before I bestow that particularly sublime slice of audio cluster upon you I would like to give you my own personal top three crowd-sourced musical compositions.
#3 Kutiman – Mother of All Funk Chords
This is the first track from a virtual album created by Kutiman. Each track is made up of a collection of unrelated YouTube videos that have been expertly mixed together to create an entirely new piece of music. The entire album can be found at http://thru-you.com/
#2 Starbucks Love Project
On December 7th, 2009 at 1:30pm GMT Starbucks invited musicians from all over the world to sing together at the same time to raise awareness for AIDS in Africa. In that one breathtaking moment, musicians from 156 countries played “All You Need is Love” together. Join in by lending your own voice tohttp://StarbucksLoveProject.com
#1 Playing For Change – Stand By Me
From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, comes the first of many “songs around the world”. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe. To discover more about Playing For Change and their mission to create peace through music visit http://www.playingforchange.com/
And so we come to the original inspiration for this post.
When I first clicked on this link I had no idea what to expect. What greeted me was the most inventive yet harmonious use of YouTube that I had ever seen, a composition so sublime that Mr. Eno himself would have been proud. Even if you are not a fan of the ambient genre I implore you to follow the imminent hyperlink and engage. I am certain that you won’t be disappointed…
*If you know of any more crowdsourced music projects, or would like to share your thoughts on the compositions I have highlighted, please feel free to add them to the comments.