Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Now on Stage: YouTube Sessions

Want to see and hear more of the music you love on YouTube? Have something you’d like to ask local musicians and global artists? Looking for new tunes to add to your playlist? Didn’t get tickets to the latest secret gig in town?

We’re proud to announce the launch of YouTube Sessions, an assortment of new music videos, premieres, exclusives, and of course a jam session or two with the artists you love and a few up and coming sensations. To start, we’ve asked Australian sensation Jessica Mauboy to perform a session for you, the YouTube community. Her single, Running Back featuring Flo. Rida has been viewed over 2 million times, and her highly-anticipated follow up album GET EM GIRLS, was released on 5th November featuring international stars Snoop Dogg, Jay Sean, and Iyaz.

To make sure everyone can get involved, she’s inviting you to ask her questions through Google Moderator on YouTube.

She’ll be performing, and answering your questions in an upcoming show, which we’ll re-broadcast on YouTube for all. But before we go in-studio, we want to hear your questions for Jess! What’s her inspiration? Need some advice on your own musical ambition? Simply submit your question via text or video at youtube.com/sessions, and vote for your favorites. Jess will answer the most popular questions and perform from her new album.

Let us know what you think: submit your questions, subscribe for more updates, and send us any suggestions for what Sessions you want to see on YouTube.

Stay tuned for the full show, and watch this space for more great music content coming your way!

Ernesto Soriano, YouTube Team recently watched Jessica Mauboy - ‘Get ‘Em Girls’ (Behind the Scenes)

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Behind-the-Scenes and Around the Ground for a Summer of Cricket

This is a cross-post from the Google Australia blog.

I love cricket, so it's great to see play underway at the Gabba. And my bet is that while the English have given it a good crack in the lead-up, our boys will be on top of their game this week and throughout the summer.

As Punter, Pup and the team take on the English in Brisbane this week, you can view special behind-the-scenes footage, including the word on the street and messages of support from some of our favourite Australians. And you can view it from wherever you like - your lounge room, your phone or the lunch room - because it’s available on YouTube.

Cricket Australia and the England Cricket Board have launched new YouTube channels ahead of this year’s summer of cricket.

And now you can get right inside the ground - and see what it’s really like from the crease - with our set of new 3D stadium models. Check out the Gabba on Google Maps or watch the whole tour on YouTube.

It's going to be an exciting summer of cricket, so be sure to keep up with the action on YouTube!

Posted by Richard North, YouTube

Monday, 15 November 2010

Two Weeks Left for a Chance to Play at the Sydney Opera House

(This is a cross-post from the Google Australia Blog).

A few weeks ago we announced the formation of the second YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which will be performing in the Sydney Opera House in March 2011. Last time, musicians from 70 countries from around the world sent in submissions from concert halls, living rooms, and studios, all for the chance to perform a sell-out concert in New York’s Carnegie Hall under the direction of renowned conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

There are two weeks left for you to submit your video, for a chance to play in the next YouTube Symphony Orchestra. This time, we’re very excited to be playing host city to this truly global orchestra, for a celebration of music, technology, and global collaboration in an iconic venue of world class ideas and performances -- the Sydney Opera House. While still classically based, next year’s YouTube Symphony Orchestra opens the door for any musician.

Richard Evans, Chief Executive of Sydney Opera House

We’re calling on musicians from around Australia to audition for the opportunity to take part in YouTube Symphony Orchestra and perform at the Sydney Opera House. If you play trumpet, banjo or didgeridoo, from Sydney to Tassie, Brisbane or Broome, we want to hear from you! This year there are two ways for any musician to get involved.

To participate in the orchestral audition, visit the YouTube Symphony Orchestra Channel, select your instrument, download one of the pieces listed, and submit your audition video. You also have the chance to hear from world renowned musicians, who have prepared online masterclasses for your audition piece.

Diana Doherty, Principal Oboe of the Sydney Symphony, introduces Mozart’s Oboe Concerto, 1st movement, exposition:

Not an orchestral musician? This time around we’ve added a second video category -- a performance of your own devising as an improvisation to a portion of a piece composed for the YouTube Symphony Orchestra by Mason Bates. The music of Mason Bates fuses innovative orchestral writing, rhythms of electronica and techno, and imaginative narrative forms brought to life by cutting-edge sound design. This is a chance for you to display your musical creativity and originality. This video may be featured at the final event, and some of the best improvisers may be invited to perform with the Orchestra. To participate, grab the instrument of your choosing - any instrument - check out the piece composed by Mason Bates.

Have a look at the sample improvisations for inspiration. Australia’s own William Barton plays the didgeridoo to Mason Bates’ Mothership:

Auditions close November 28, so visit the YouTube Symphony Channel to get started, and practise, practise, practise!

Monday, 8 November 2010

The world’s largest short film festival is now calling for entries

The YouTube community has produced some of the most creative and celebrated works on the internet. From capturing a single snapshot of Life in a Day, to celebrating a Biennale of Creative Video, YouTube has redefined media culture by changing the way the world creates, distributes and watches video.

Today we’re proud to announce a partnership with Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival. Whether you’re a beginner, studying filmmaking or already have a few films under your belt, Tropfest is open to anyone eager to tell a story through film.

Filmmakers from around the world are encouraged to enter Movie Extra Tropfest 2011, and this year we’re making it even easier for you to participate: All films can be uploaded to http://www.youtube.com/tropfest, and any filmmaker whose submission is chosen as a finalist will be flown to Australia for the screening of the event. Previous judges have included Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Toni Collette, Rose Byrne, Geoffrey Rush, Sam Neill, Russell Crowe and George Miller.

There are a few things you’ll need to know for this year’s competition. Hear from last year’s winner, Abe Forsythe:

So grab a camera, a few mates, and start shooting your film. Entries close on Thursday 6 January 2011.

Ernesto Soriano
YouTube team, recently watched My Neighborhood has been Overrun by Baboons