Should the US write the laws controlling world culture?

In creative commons, culture, drm, music industry by Michael Tiemann

“If Hollywood could order intellectual property laws for Christmas, what would they look like? This is pretty close.” ACTA is short for Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and, “that’s how David Fewer, staff counsel at the University of Ottawa’s Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), summed it up,” said p2pnet. …

George Massenburg’s latest: live studio performances

In +1/-1, creative commons, Miraverse, music industry, recording studio, technique by Michael Tiemann

George Massenburg is a legend in the recording industry.  His innovations include the introduction of the parametric equalizer in 1972, and his work on preamplifier design, dynamic range controllers, and other engineering equipment has also led the field for years.  His contributions to audio engineering go beyond mere tools: as …

Orpheus and Euridice comes to Chapel Hill

In creative commons, culture by Michael Tiemann

“Welcome to Chapel Hill,” I said to Ricky Ian Gordon after the 8pm performance of Orpheus and Euridice at UNC’s Memorial Hall, “the best town you’ll find this side of the Underworld”. And what a wonderful performance it was. At noon I had never heard of either the work nor …

Power, Passion, and Beauty

In books, cd, creative commons, creativity, music industry by Michael Tiemann

Last month I had the opportunity to read Power, Passion, and Beauty, the story of the Mahavishu Orchestra, published by AbstractLogix. As many of you can imagine, I’m a huge fan of John McLaughlin, and as a fan, the book did not disappoint. Meticulously researched the book’s organizing structure of …

Magic Numbers

In +1/-1, creative commons, creativity, culture, Miraverse, music industry by Michael Tiemann

Kevin Kelley has got me thinking.  While he’s blogging away in California, I’m having the exact same thoughts and discussions with people here in North Carolina.  Wild! Consider this article written in March: 1,000 True Fans.  It quantifies what life in the long tail is like if an artist has …