Frequently Asked Questions
Who made the film?
Where can I watch the film?
How long is the film?
Where can I listen to Deep Field?
Deep Field is available on all normal streaming and download platforms.
Can I buy or download the VC5 recordings, video or soundtrack of Deep Field?
“Deep Field: The Impossible Magnitude of our Universe” is available to watch on YouTube and download on iTunes. The soundtrack – Deep Field – is available on all normal streaming and download platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Primephonic, Amazon and Qobuz (HQ)
The Virtual Choir
What is the Virtual Choir?
The Virtual Choir (VC) is a global phenomenon, creating a user-generated choir that brings together singers from around the world and their love of music through the use of technology. Singers record and upload their videos from locations all over the world to be combined into one single performance, creating the Virtual Choir.
It began in 2009 as a simple experiment in social media when one young woman – a fan of Eric’s music – recorded a video of herself singing “Sleep” and shared it on YouTube. Moved by the video, Eric responded by sending a call out to his online fans to purchase Polyphony’s recording, record themselves singing along to it, and upload the result. Eric was so impressed by the result that he decided to push the concept to the next level by recording himself conducting “Lux Aurumque”, asking Virtual Choir members to sing along to that, and the first Virtual Choir was created. Members have formed an incredible community, supporting each other in any number of ways including through music.
With more than forty million views, the VC videos have featured on worldwide TV (ABC in the US and BBC in the UK) and as installations across the globe including the Millennium Bridge, London as part of the 2012 Olympics, the opening of the Titanic 100th anniversary exhibition as well as at the closing plenary of Davos World Economic Forum. The VC has also been seen on the main stage of the revered TED conference, at the Paley Center in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC & at events for Google, UNICEF and the United Nations amongst others. Recent spin-off projects have included “Glow”, written especially for World of Color – Winter Dreams show which premiered at Disney California Adventure® Park, California and the first-ever Virtual Youth Choir, in partnership with UNICEF, which premiered at the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
How do I join the Virtual Choir?
Can anyone join the Virtual Choir?
Do I get paid to be in the Virtual Choir?
Who owns the Virtual Choir?
How much does it cost to make a Virtual Choir?
Who pays for the Virtual Choir?
Eric himself and his managers Claire and Meg from Music Productions always invest and have done so this time. But for VC5 we are also so grateful to the Dunard Fund, Boosey & Hawkes, Distinguished Concerts International, Hal Leonard & Larry Morton, Primephonic and Walton Music for their generous contributions towards the costs of making this beautiful project happen.
Can I make a Virtual Choir using Eric’s music?
My company/choir would like to make a Virtual Choir or book Eric – who do we speak to?
Are all of the videos really used?
Is there a virtual orchestra too?
Will Eric watch my video?
Can I get a message or question to Eric?
Will there be another Virtual Choir in the future?
How can I contact the Virtual Choir team?
Virtual Choir 5
Can I delete my submitted videos?
How will my performance be used?
Is there any way we can view each others’ submitted videos?
How many people took part in VC5?
How will my data be used?
Can I download my performance to keep?
What are the Deep Field badges?
Deep Field is a celebration of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and design, math).
As part of the Deep Field project, we have created a series of fun challenges inspired by STEAM. By completing the challenges, you earn badges. Users that completed all eighteen badges before the submission deadline were entered into a prize draw to win some amazing prizes.
Who created the badges?
What are the hexagon badges I can see on the site?
Virtual Choir 5 is a celebration of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, art and design, and math – and so we’ve put together a series of challenges relating to music, science, math and creativity. Why don’t you see if you can complete all eighteen?
Where can I find out which badges I’ve already earned?
You can find your badges within Your Profile.
For more information, visit the Deep Field website.
How can I earn more badges?
Either click on any of the hexagons you see across the site or visit the Badges section.
How do I enter the Prize Draw?
What are the file requirements for a profile photo?
I’ve forgotten my password.
I typed the wrong email address when I signed up. What do I do?
I share an email address, can we still make separate accounts?
I haven’t received my activation email. What do I do?
- Have you checked your Spam or Junk folder?
- If it’s not in your Spam/Junk folder, try resetting your password with the email address that you signed up with.
- If you still haven’t received the email, try signing up again.
- If you’re still having problems, please contact [email protected].
How do I update my personal information?
How do I change my password?
Can I update my town and country?
How do I change my profile photo?
How do I delete my account?
I don’t want other people to see my Profile. How do I do that?
How can I share my profile with friends on Facebook and other social media accounts?
How do I stop Eric Whitacre / the Virtual Choir emailing me?
Can I create more than one account?
Scientific Research Project
What is the scientific research project?
As part of Virtual Choir 5, we partnered with Dr. Daisy Fancourt from University College London to conduct a large-scale study into the experience of virtual cultural events. The study will be looking at online experiences, particularly singing, and whether it can help a person’s wellbeing.
For more information, visit the Deep Field site.