I have been recently involved in a particularly exciting project called Virtual Guitar Orchestra – as co-creator and editor. Please read the short the short introduction below and watch the final video as well as some behind the scenes videos and photos. Enjoy!
Virtual Guitar Orchestra is a community driven project aiming to bring together all classical guitarists during the uncertain and tough times of the COVID-19 pandemic – everyone from students to amateur guitarists to world class soloists – in doing what we all love most: playing music together.
The first edition of Virtual Guitar Orchestra features 28 of world class guitar virtuosos – David Russell, Pepe Romero, Juan Manuel Cañizares, Yamandu Costa, Odair Assad, Zoran Dukic, Berta Rojas, Ana Vidovic, Badi Assad, Scott Tennant, William Kanengiser, John Dearman, Matthew Greif, Ricardo Gallen, Aniello Desiderio, Judicaël Perroy, Meng Su, Rene Izquierdo, Thomas Viloteau, Stephanie Jones, Gaelle Solal, João Luiz, Matthew McAllister, Elodie Bouny, Elina Chekan, Marc Teicholz, Mak Grgic and Uros Baric.
The orchestra is formed by 115 members who submitted their home recorded videos online, and the full ensemble features 143 guitarists from 50 countries across the globe.
The piece Kaleidokithara was composed specifically for this project by Sergio Assad, one of the most prolific and recognized living composers for the guitar.
Virtual Guitar Orchestra has been gaining worldwide attention, its videos and website have been viewed over 100.000 times over the past few weeks and it has been featured on many leading classical guitar publications and organizations, including Gendai Guitar Magazine, Classical Guitar Magazine (online edition), Guitar Foundation of America, Guitar Salon International, This Is Classical Guitar and dozens of guitar societies around the world. The project was also presented on the Paraguayan TV station Unicanal.
Behind The Scenes Video
Ever wondered how an editing session with over 140 guitar tracks looks like? Take a peek at the editing process:
Screenshots and behind-the-scenes photos
The last image is showing a completed template with animations, here it was time to import all video clips and reposition each of them manually. Highlighted pink are the spots for 28 soloists, highlighted green are the extra spots that ended up being used for displaying the score title “Kaleido” and “Kithara”, while the rest are all the orchestra players.