Presented by the City of Ballarat, VicHealth and Regional Arts Victoria The Central Highlands Virtual Choir project was inspired by American Composer, Eric Whitacre’s virtual choir works. The project also was developed as a way to showcase the participatory possibilities of the virtual world and the website – artsatlas.com.au specifically as a creative space and not just a repository of information. Dani Fry created a beautiful four part arrangement of Paul Kelly’s song ‘Meet Me In The Middle of the Air’ paying homage to the wonderful Eddie Perfect and Tripod version of the song. Resources for learning the song were then created and made available online. Interested community members from Ballarat and surrounding shires were invited to learn, record and upload their part. Live workshops were also held for those that wanted to learn the song face-to-face. Recording equipment was made available for short term loan. Participants then uploaded their individual recordings form their home computers and these were then mixed together by an audio engineer creating a virtual choir recording. Aerial footage of the Central Highlands was then captured to create a visual track to sync with the audio. Running time 4:24 minutes.
Creative Producer: Verity Higgins
Musical Director/Arranger: Dani Fry
IT: Duncan Macneil (Cartesian Creative)
Audio Engineer: Mark Woods (Bald Hill Music Studio)
Cinematographer: David Brown (David Brown Films)
Pilot/Aerial photography advisor: Daryl Chibnall (AeroVision)