I am ABBA and so can you!

In creativity, culture, dvd, Miraverse, recording studio by Michael Tiemann

Amy sent me a link to this latest ABBA shrine, a 70,000 sq ft museum, stage and recording studio ready to inform and entertain ABBA’s greatest fans. Not that the band didn’t do a great job releasing the definitive concert/tour DVD in 2004. Platinum-level tickets cost only €190 (and given …

Nutcracker Nation

In books, creativity, culture, education, kids by Michael Tiemann

‘Tis the season, and like so many cities in America, the Nutcracker is playing to full houses here in Raleigh. I used to hate it when my parents would take me to the ballet, usually because my mother or somebody she knew was playing in the symphony and she was …

Gene Simmons: we don’t have a clue

In creative commons, culture by Michael Tiemann

The Gearslutz.com hosts 35,000 producers, musicians, audio engineering professionals, and aspirants who talk about everything from high end gear (aka the expensive stuff) to low end theory (studio bling on a shoestring) to politics and serious social issues (as seen from the mix position). I believe that experience is the …

Three stories and an argument

In creative commons, culture, kids by Michael Tiemann

Here’s a link to Larry Lessig’s speech from the 2007 TED conference. Spend twenty minutes to understand twenty first century creativity and culture. It is dazzling in its brilliants, and shattering with its insights. Please comment with your reactions.

Chamber Music Returns

In culture, Manifold Recording by Michael Tiemann

In the What’s Up? section of this week’s News and Observer, correspondent Roy C. Dicks wrote a wonderful review-cum-article about a renaissance of chamber music in the Triangle Area. He begins by observing the extent to which chamber music has strayed from its roots: Nowadays, chamber music concerts are typically …

Kid Pan Alley in North Carolina

In +1/-1, creative commons, culture, education, kids by Michael Tiemann

My daughter is eight years old, and one of her favorite CDs is the Kid Pan Alley Nashville CD. She knows all the lyrics, all the melodies, and uses it as inspiration for her own flights of poetic fancy. Which is wonderful when you consider the mission statement of Kid …

Food For Thought

In books, culture, Miraverse by Michael Tiemann

Physical construction has not yet begun, but the website is up and ready for business. The plan for this blog is to write and reflect on ideas that don’t have a proper home in the website proper–ideas that expand beyond “what is the one thing you want people to remember …