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29 August 2008

Convergent Friends: remixing tradition and imagination - preview

C Wess Daniels argues for a new approach for Quakers who want to make their faith and practice an everyday part of their society and culture

Last year, Radiohead, a popular British rock band, recorded, produced and distributed their new album, In Rainbows, as a digital download through their website without record label backing
  • One of the world’s most famed bands bypassed the powers-that-be and went DIY
  • Radiohead let each fan decide what to pay for the album
  • Embracing (and encouraging) what is now called ‘participatory culture’, Radiohead sparked imaginations and challenged the pre-existing structures of the music industry

  • In April the band launched www
  • remixradiohead
  • com and invited people to remix their single, ‘Nude’, simplifying the process by releasing separate audio tracks through iTunes
  • The contest finished with a vote by their fans; the winner received 38,568 votes

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