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date: 22 October 2020

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“We Are, The Colors” was an experimental music project designed to create an ideal collaborative space as an expressly utopian challenge to dominant commercial models of music making. Drawing on the ideals of a range of composers and theorists, this project centered around a noncommercial website designed to employ collaborative devices often used by fans (such as fiction blogs, social networking, wiki software) with those often used by musicians (open-source software, real-time collective composition, collaborative music production). The goal was to create a forum to enable forms of collaboration between fans and musicians that would merge and challenge users’ notions of ownership and power over their creative work and intellectual property. It was also designed to open paths toward a reframing of the relationship between production and consumption of music in order to highlight the flourishing potential for new models of making music.

Keywords: popular music, music technology, digital culture, musical collaboration, music fandom

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