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YouTube Symphony Orchestra Set To Debut At Carnegie Hall

Soulskill posted about 5 years ago | from the riaa-already-drafting-dmca-notice dept.

Music 69

theodp writes "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice. Then, audition on YouTube. When a 10-year-old Hannah Tarley asked to get her ears pierced, her mom told the aspiring violinist she could if she performed at Carnegie Hall. Seven years later, using a computer placed atop several volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, 17-year-old Hannah filmed herself playing Brahms' Symphony No. 4 to audition by video for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. On April 15, Hannah will make her debut with others who made the cut at New York City's Carnegie Hall in a concert conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony."

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Nice trick by the mom (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27543043)

To get a tattoo she has to land on the moon.

Re:Nice trick by the mom (0)

eclectro (227083) | about 5 years ago | (#27543073)

Dude, we've been to the moon already. We're trying to get to Mars now.

Maybe a lip piercing could get us to the nearest star system even.

Re:Nice trick by the mom (5, Funny)

Shadow of Eternity (795165) | about 5 years ago | (#27543449)

Someone convince that girl to get a labia ring and we'll either have warp drive or the first woman president by 2027.

Re:Nice trick by the mom (1)

Kjella (173770) | about 5 years ago | (#27551195)

Someone convince that girl to get a labia ring and we'll either have warp drive or the first woman president by 2027.

The latter you could have gotten with a few more votes to Hillary. I'll take the warp drive thank you (it does come with a holodeck too, right?).

Rewards (5, Funny)

Translation Error (1176675) | about 5 years ago | (#27543111)

It warms the heart to see that all that talent, hard work, and effort can have the massive payoff of pierced ears at the age of 17.

Re:Rewards (1)

eclectro (227083) | about 5 years ago | (#27543613)

It also warms the heart knowing that the mother was able to take the college money and use it on herself.

Re:Rewards (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27543959)

Wow.
Seriously?
These are your comments?

Re:Rewards (1)

noidentity (188756) | about 5 years ago | (#27544647)

If she'd waited one more year until she was 18, she wouldn't have had to waste all that time learning to play the violin at all! Kids these days, so impatient...

Re:Rewards (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27545191)

actually, just about anybody can go to the mall and get their ears pierced. Those places don't ask for id or parents for something as common as ear piercing. She could have done it anyways.

Re:Rewards (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27545363)

She didn't play all these years so she could get her ears pierced. That's just the angle the writer of the story took!

Old Media reporting on uses of New Media... yawn (2, Funny)

darpo (5213) | about 5 years ago | (#27543115)

Girl uses YouTube to broadcast videos of herself. News at 11.

Re:Old Media reporting on uses of New Media... yaw (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27543231)

American who only speaks one language and thinks he has an opinion at 12.

Re:Old Media reporting on uses of New Media... yaw (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27543283)

Troll who thinks he or she is being witty. News at 13.

Re:Old Media reporting on uses of New Media... yaw (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27543307)

Nerd who thinks there's an equal chance of women at /. News at 14.

Re:Old Media reporting on uses of New Media... yaw (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27543351)

AC replies to himself 3 times. News at 15

Re:Old Media reporting on uses of New Media... yaw (1)

Shadow of Eternity (795165) | about 5 years ago | (#27543457)

4 times, and forgets /. doesn't give a damn about military time. News at 4pm.

Re:Old Media reporting on uses of New Media... yaw (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27544165)

Namefag interrupts amusing thread with banality. News at 17.

Re:Old Media reporting on uses of New Media... yaw (1)

Shadow of Eternity (795165) | about 5 years ago | (#27544243)

Troll gets fed, forgets slashdot is not 4chan. News at 5pm.

Re:Old Media reporting on uses of New Media... yaw (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27544339)

C-C-C-Combo breaker? I'm new at this.

Re:Old Media reporting on uses of New Media... yaw (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27543401)

Ignorant fucking foreigners!! They think everybody on this site is American, and have the nerve to complain about Americans making the same assumption!!

Re:Old Media reporting on uses of New Media... yaw (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27543453)

Yeah, but this time, without the millions of pedo "subscribers".

Sound quality (2, Insightful)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | about 5 years ago | (#27543165)

Youtube and consumer mics can have pretty horrible sound quality -- seems like a pretty bad way to audition for a position on an orchestra.

Re:Sound quality (5, Insightful)

Mononoke (88668) | about 5 years ago | (#27543209)

Youtube and consumer mics can have pretty horrible sound quality -- seems like a pretty bad way to audition for a position on an orchestra.

Talent still comes through, though. Quality recording equipment doesn't make a performance any better, because you can't polish a turd.

Re:Sound quality (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27543323)

But you can cover the Mona Lisa with shit.

Re:Sound quality (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27543675)

Quality recording equipment doesn't make a performance any better, because you can't polish a turd.

You can a bit. That's what vibrato and reverb are for. For violin without vibrato your intonation had better be spot on, and reverb, of course, sweetens everything.

Re:Sound quality (1)

interstellar_donkey (200782) | about 5 years ago | (#27544621)

You can, but you can still see talent through crummy recording devices. That girl is talented (well, more talented than anyone I've known or seen live as an amateur), despite the 'computer on top of some books' recording studio.

Re:Sound quality (1)

rasteri (634956) | about 5 years ago | (#27546429)

Quality recording equipment doesn't make a performance any better,

Actually, yes it can - especially in woodwind or brass instruments. There's a lot of subtle high-frequency stuff going that won't get picked up in a low-fi environment, and that's where much of the skill in playing a complex wind instrument resides. You often don't hear little mistakes the musician is making until you hear a high-quality version of a previously low-quality mp3, for example.

Re:Sound quality (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27543239)

That was one of the stupidest comments you could have made. Get a life, and may God have mercy on your black black soul.

Re:Sound quality (1)

Fumus (1258966) | about 5 years ago | (#27544171)

I'm only guessing here, but if the video isn't laggy, they could simply see how well she can handle the music instrument.

Re:Sound quality (1)

Mononoke (88668) | about 5 years ago | (#27544201)

Done right, the judges will have closed their eyes and listened for pitch, meter and expression, all of which will come through Youtube just fine.

That Waldstein... (1, Insightful)

marco.antonio.costa (937534) | about 5 years ago | (#27543273)

Didn't like it one bit... But the other contestants were all over the place too. Allegro con brio is NOT Presto. Or Prestissimo in some cases. Brrr....

Lesser of a bunch of evils, I guess.

Full disclosure: A certain amount of envy is part of this comment, since I only picked up this Sonata to study after the deadline had passed. But I still think I could do better. Shit. Did it again, sorry. ;-)

Re:That Waldstein... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27543345)

Full disclosure: A certain amount of envy is part of this comment, since I only picked up this Sonata to study after the deadline had passed. But I still think I could do better.

Don't let envy get the better of you; there'll be other opportunities. One day you might get to have your ears pierced too.

Re:That Waldstein... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27543859)

Ah, the Internet, where every achievement is accompanied by 50,000 people screaming "lol not bad keep practicing."

Re:That Waldstein... (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 5 years ago | (#27544529)

Full disclosure: A certain amount of envy is part of this comment, since I only picked up this Sonata to study after the deadline had passed. But I still think I could do better. Shit. Did it again, sorry.

So what, it's not like it's that great of a prize. She'll do it, have fun and be forgotten. If you are really that talented keep it up and you'll have people inviting you to play because they actually want to hear you, not because you won some publicity contest.

Re:That Waldstein... (1)

interstellar_donkey (200782) | about 5 years ago | (#27544635)

And that's just it. It's a publicity contest. Really, a sort of novelty. If somehow they manage to get something really special they might start doing it every year. But no matter what happens nobody gets hurt, a bunch of people get a trip to New York, and get to perform at a world famous venue.

Pushy parent (1)

Colourspace (563895) | about 5 years ago | (#27543373)

Really takes pushy mum to the next level doesn't it?

Re:Pushy parent (4, Funny)

I'm just joshin (633449) | about 5 years ago | (#27543491)

Really takes pushy mum to the next level doesn't it?

Whereas your mum would be happy just to get you out of the basement and living on your own.

Re:Pushy parent (1)

FooGoo (98336) | about 5 years ago | (#27543525)

I don't think it's pushy. Everyone needs goals and it's not like mum said you can't eat or leave the house unless you play Carnegie Hall.

Anonymous Coward (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27543687)

Wasn't this supposed to happen a while ago? hrm.
Anyway, compared to Nicovideo's orchestra, even if they did it a bit after they announced it for the first time, they'd still be old news.

Interesting, but not significant (1)

quercus.aeternam (1174283) | about 5 years ago | (#27543771)

The Youtube Symphony Orchestra itself is somewhat interesting; performing at Carnegie Hall is not.

The openness of submissions is somewhat interesting. It is very normal for auditions of this sort to be conducted through recordings, though.

As for performing at Carnegie Hall, it is actually quite insignificant - all it takes is money and a little skill. IMO as a musician, any (classical) musician worth his salt should have little trouble getting to Carnegie Hall (Perhaps I am deluded, but I have had opportunities to perform there, and I have never felt as if it were anything special).

In one sense, I may consider it a step up from performing in Disneyland... fun and cool, but not musically significant in any way.

It is very nice of Google to pay all the bills, though.

Re:Interesting, but not significant (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27544697)

Amd what I thought was interesting is this...

"using a computer placed atop several volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica"

Somewhat of a confirmation that a paper encyclopaedia is nothing more than a weight or to prop things up.

Does anyone use these anymore?? I know the encyclopaedias are supposed to be vetted, but doesn't wikipedia do a "good enough" job? You can always do the fact checking yourself with the provided links.

Re:Interesting, but not significant (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27545071)

IMO as a musician, any (classical) musician worth his salt should have little trouble getting to Carnegie Hall (Perhaps I am deluded, but I have had opportunities to perform there, and I have never felt as if it were anything special).

While it is true that Carnegie Hall hosts fairly common performances, such as high school choral performers, it is also true that it has hosted many musical greats [wikipedia.org] . It is, after all, just a performance hall, albeit an excellent-sounding one, having been there many times.

Unlike you, it is the dream of many to play there. Or, was it the context in which you were to play - one of those mass high school recitals, perhaps to bang out The Great Smoky Mountains on piano? Then I'd have to agree with you ... nothing special.

blurry, underexposed, shaking live concerts (2, Funny)

heroine (1220) | about 5 years ago | (#27544487)

I'll be the first concert without any lights, with half the orchestra shifted off the stage, with everything always out of focus, & with only 1 note you can actually hear.

Re:blurry, underexposed, shaking live concerts (1)

DavidChristopher (633902) | about 5 years ago | (#27545971)

You've obviously never been to The Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
An unlit, shifted, out of focus, annoyingly distorted orchestra would be an improvement.

Worst. Venue. Ever.

Re:blurry, underexposed, shaking live concerts (1)

T Murphy (1054674) | about 5 years ago | (#27546361)

The official video will be from a shaky handheld somewhere on the far left side of the auditorium, and be next to a bunch of people that like to talk over the performance.

Watched the "Meet the Youtube orchestra?" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27544809)

Notice how the black guy got like 3 seconds. Wow, that's shitty, even for an orchestra.

Not only that, they played hip hop music when his part came on... Why?

Impressive.

INCREDIBLE!!! (1)

Sfing_ter (99478) | about 5 years ago | (#27546165)

That's INCREDIBLE!!! People still have Encyclopedias in analog format in their homes?? How 1990's...

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