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BIG virtual orchestra project
Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition
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AndrewH
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I've hinted for a while that I've been busy with a really big virtual orchestra project. It's nowhere near complete at the moment, but it's going up on YouTube as a series of short videos over the first few months of 2021, and now that I've made my first appearance I thought I should post it in progress. This is Socially Distant Orchestra's most ambitious project yet: Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition in its entirety, accompanied in the videos by time-lapse art.

Each movement is going up as a separate video with a different artwork being done in time-lapse, and I think there may be a full-length video of the entire piece when we're all done. Musicians are rotating in and out of the orchestra from movement to movement so that each person ends up learning and recording about one-third of the piece, and then everyone will play the very end.

My first appearance just went up on YouTube today, the fourth video in the series ("Tuileries").

I'm also appearing in the next movement ("Cattle"), which I've already recorded, and then my next appearance after that will be "The Market at Limoges," which I'm planning to record next weekend and should be the 8th video. I'll post more in this thread as new movements come out.

Here's the project so far.

 

Part 1: Promenade

 

Part 2: The Gnome

 

Part 3: The Old Castle

 

Part 4: Tuileries (my first appearance)

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Tuileries..  that was great!  saw you at :29 in the middle.  yall sound really good.  the time lapse was a good addition.  probably ALOT of work for whoever did that.

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GregW said
Tuileries..  that was great!  saw you at :29 in the middle.  yall sound really good.  the time lapse was a good addition.  probably ALOT of work for whoever did that.

  

I also reappear at the bottom after the time-lapse art starts!

Yeah, the video production certainly looks like a ton of work. We recorded and submitted this movement more than two weeks ago. It's not hard to see why the videos are taking a while to put together.

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Well done, that took a ton of work to pull together, tell all involved grats on a very cool project.

 

Mark

Master the Frog and you have mastered the bow.

Albert Sammons

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Thanks, Mark!

Stay tuned for the next movement. I think it will be out quite soon, because it was recorded at the same time as "Tuileries" by the same people, off of a single click track containing both movements.

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@AndrewH - 

This is a HUGE accomplishment! 

I can't wait to hear & watch the next one! 

Thank you, Andrew

for sharing your wonderful work-in-progress! 

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@AndrewH those are absolutely superb - setting the standard for online collaborations with those.

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Excellent stuff love it.

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@AndrewH These are wonderful.  Great video conception for great music.  Looking forward to seeing completed project.

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I love it. Very cool!

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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The next picture in this socially distant exhibition is out! This is Bydlo (Cattle).

 

This time all the sections of the orchestra are labeled, so you should have no trouble finding me!

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Very nice!

The Bumblebee Flies!

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@AndrewH 

I watched and listened to this again.

This is so cool because the different sections were easily visible. i was able to watch your bowing. that is a big issue of mine, more so with my viola.

I enjoyed this.

Thank you for sharing this.

The Bumblebee Flies!

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@AndrewH 

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EVERYONE needs to see these (set the YouTube settings for HD)!  

What a performance - I love this music! 

 

I'm amazed at how equally unique each visual experience compliments it's paired musical movement - this last one is no exception! 

I think "Cattle" may be my favorite... but maybe I thought that after each video. (lol) 

Really looking forward to the next performance - looking great, Andrew! 

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Thank you!  

 

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Very very cool, 

 

Thanks for posting,

Mark

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AndrewH said
The next picture in this socially distant exhibition is out! This is Bydlo (Cattle).

 

This time all the sections of the orchestra are labeled, so you should have no trouble finding me!

  

very entertaing and creative @AndrewH !  sounded great as always!

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Must have taken an amazing amount of work. sounds excellent and is very entertaining.

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@AndrewH what an absolutely brilliant production. This is one of my favorite tone poems and you guy do a great job. Really enjoyed.

Are you going to do all 10 parts? I'd really like to hear the unhatched chicks and the gates of Kiev :)

Thanks

Bob in Lone Oak, Texas

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Bob said
@AndrewH what an absolutely brilliant production. This is one of my favorite tone poems and you guy do a great job. Really enjoyed.

Are you going to do all 10 parts? I'd really like to hear the unhatched chicks and the gates of Kiev :)

Thanks

  

Yes. As mentioned, we're doing the whole thing with a rotating orchestra. I'll post every movement, though I don't appear in all of them. I now know every movement I'm playing. Of the remaining movements: I've already recorded The Market at Limoges and I'm scheduled to record Catacombs and The Great Gate of Kiev. (Except the last 21 measures -- because I've already recorded that. Everyone plays the last 21 measures of The Great Gate of Kiev, and we all already recorded that bit separately at the same time we recorded our first appearances.)

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Next movement: Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks.

 

 

I'm not in this movement, but it's a must-see anyway.

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