For nearly 50 years Doctor Who has captured the imaginations of countless minds, from the very young, to the very young at heart. The internet age has allowed that active fan base to accomplish some pretty incredible things, including the ambitious Doctor Who Fan Orchestra which takes individual YouTube submissions of each instrument and re-builds themes from the show.
From the video’s description:
The Doctor Who Fan Orchestra invites musical fans of Doctor Who to take part in an online collaborative celebration of Murray Gold’s music. Participants submitted recordings for this work from November 2011 to January 2012.
This final mix includes a total of 177 submissions from 154 individual participants, ranging in age from 11 to 57, and who are located in at least 18 different countries across the world, including: United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Spain, France, Russia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, Israel, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland.
The end result is incredible, a near flawless performance of two classic early run Murray Gold themes. The video itself is a collage of individual performances that is almost as interesting as the music they are playing. To see the pieces fit together in an intricate, 21st century weave of YouTube videos highlights this magnificent piece.
This is the third in an ongoing series of Doctor Who Fan Orchestra collaborations, I highly recommend you check out socksofbalhoon’s YouTube channel for the first two pieces and a whole slew of other fantastic Doctor Who musical treasures.
The first two fan orchestra’s might not be as perfect as the one I am sharing today, but they all do Murray Gold’s music proud, and seeing the growth of quality from one video to the next is actually kind of intriguing too.
The concept of crowd sourced performance is gaining a lot of momentum online these days, and they are fast becoming a symbol of the shrinking world and the power of the information age.