The Internet has become so commonplace in our lives that it’s easy to forget just how remarkable it really is – how it has changed fundamentally our notions of connection, participation, and proximity, among many such previously unquestioned assumptions about human activity.

Here’s a presentation from a recent TED Conference from Eric Whitacre, a composer and choirmaster who stumbled upon a truly remarkable and ultimately very moving endeavor. If you’ve never been quite entirely convinced about the emotional potential of the Internet (this is still just the beginning, folks), watch this.