Internet hums to sounds of music

IS there nothing you can't do online?

Lismore choir leader Bruce McNicol is developing an idea to disseminate Australian choir music and get a real choir together via the Internet.

His idea is called 'Ozechoir' and works by people signing up and selecting a part for a particular song on the website. Bruce then sends them the sheet music and an audio file of their part.

Each choir member can practice their part whenever and wherever they like, before all coming together at the Lismore Conservatorium.

“There is a lot of time wasted at rehearsals by what I call 'note bashing'; doing one part at a time while the others just sit there,” Mr McNicol said.

He is hoping that Ozechoir members can come together for a single evening rehearsal, and then get together again to make a video and a recording of the song.

Ultimately, it will be uploaded to the popular video website YouTube.

“I came up with the idea after talking to a recording engineer friend who was involved with the Millennium Chorus in Melbourne.

They rehearsed for three months, held a huge concert, then the work gets shelved,” he said.

“There is so much choir music that gets forgotten after its special event or festival. We wanted to see it made available to other people after the event.”

Mr McNicol said he currently had about 30 people on his email list who were interested.

“I'm looking for people who can already sing. I don't think beginners could do this,” he said.

The first song the virtual choir will perform is an original composition of Mr McNicol's called Tropical Wonderland, which he described as a jazz tune about climate change.

“Everybody's talking about climate change, now you can sing about it.”

Visit to sing along.

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