YouTube has begun to move from a classic video site to being both a video and music site. VEVO is taking up space there and musicians (who previously used MySpace) are using YouTube to get their music out there. And latest, YouTube has created the YouTube Symphony project.
Today, similar to the YouTube symphony we bring you a YouTube choir of 2000 voices! It all began when conductor Eric Whitacre saw a girl singing one of his songs on YouTube. This started an experiment: how many voices can I get to form a choir using YouTube? Eric posted a video of himself conduction his number “Sleep” and then he waited – and he was surprised. 2000 people have put their voice out there and the experiment resulted in a TED presentation.
It’s the time of the year where everything that happened in the past 365 days is to be summed up. In the near future you will see top 10 lists and montages of the big moments of 2010 – both good and bad. Two of the biggest online sites, Google and YouTube, have separately created their cavalcades of 2010 moments.
We’ll start with Google. Google, the largest online search engine, is probably the company with the most information about what we consumers seek information about and what we are interested in. Based on this valuable knowledge, here are the biggest moments on Google in 2010.
Moving on to YouTube, the biggest online video site (without any real competition for the number one spot), has created a list of the 10 most popular videos. And yes, our friends Antoine Dodson and Old Spice Man are on the list.
Your Weekly Buzz wrote about the YouTube Play competition in June, where the winner/winners with the most creative video will have their project displayed at the Guggenheim museum in New York. The judges have sorted through the 23.000 video projects that were submitted from 91 countries. They have come up with a shortlist consisting of 125 videos.
You can check out the shortlist at the site: http://www.youtube.com/playbiennial where you can see the videos that made it this far. We do want to take the time to acknowledge a video that we feel should make it even further. Don’t unplug until you have seen this!
We have several times praised YouTube for being a canvas for creative contributors. This very “freedom of speech” approach can in some cases create the so-called YouTube Sensations. A serious news report telling the story of a failed rape attempt featured Antoine Dodson – a brother to the victim. He told the reporter how he scared off the rapist and expressed – in his own way – his anger. In less than 24 hours several clips of Antoine was uploaded on YouTube, featuring Antoine remixed and with autotune. The different clips quickly reached a high number of views and the following days a Facebook fan page was created. It is now possible to order t-shits with Antoine.
Now the ethical question remains: is it okay for people to upload funny homemade clips joking about a serious case? Is it okay to sell t-shirts with Antoine? We won’t discuss the case here. What we find interesting is how fast a person/clip/case can be spread throughout the internet and become viral. This case also displays the “power” of YouTube in terms of how fast a clip can be spread and become visible to everyone. Your Weekly Buzz is sure that this will not be the last YouTube Sensation of this type you will see!
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YouTube is considered by many creative people to be one big canvas where videos are uploaded and where one can gain international acknowledgement. This is partly due to the huge number of daily visitors and the option of sharing videos with friends. It is now possible to put your YouTube work on a “canvas” and display it at the Guggenheim museum in New York.
The project is a collaboration between Guggenheim and YouTube and is called YouTube Play. The project is to seek out and recognize the most creative and remarkable videos. Artists, graphic designers, film students – practically everyone with a good idea can participate and submit their video/creation to youtube.com/play before July 31, 2010.
The promotion video gives some examples to what your contribution could be like and possible what the judges are looking for. It could be stop motion, graffiti art, animation or graphics. If you have had a good idea for some time it is time to make it a reality! But be prepared to meet some fierce competition because only 25 pieces will be selected!