Monday, November 03, 2008

Playing For Change

Ran across this on InfoTech4Lrng:

And eventually found this:

Bill Moyers sits down with Mark Johnson, the producer of a remarkable documentary about the simple but transformative power of music: PLAYING FOR CHANGE: PEACE THROUGH MUSIC. The film brings together musicians from around the world — blues singers in a waterlogged New Orleans, chamber groups in Moscow, a South African choir — to collaborate on songs familiar and new, in the effort to foster a new, greater understanding of our commonality.
Here’s the trailer:

And here’s One Love:

Now, in this case they actually traveled around and visited the musicians in each of their countries, but I wonder how difficult this would be to pull off virtually? I imagine the quality would suffer some, and the transitions between different musicians in different locales would most likely not be as seamless, but I think it’s doable. You could either file transfer the raw video and have one person put it together, or my guess is that there are online sites that enable this fairly easily (haven’t used them, but perhaps Jumpcut or Kaltura).

Why couldn’t we have students around the globe put together a music video like this, “in the effort to foster a new, greater understanding of our commonality”?


  1. Musicians on Second Life regularly chain streams together for multi-location (yes - and international) live internet jams. So very doable and tons of fun :)