Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild

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

The Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild is a multi-discipline, minority directed, center for arts and learning that employs the visual and performing arts to foster a sense of accomplishment and hope in the urban community.  Pittsboro is not exactly an urban community, but the needs of youth and the role of the …

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 …

Starting a carbon neutral conversation

In carbon neutral, Manifold Recording, Uncategorized by Michael Tiemann

Yesterday I was thrilled to discover that Manifold Recording was the #1 Google result for the search term “carbon neutral recording studio“. I know that such a goal (achieving carbon neutrality, not the Google ranking) is a challenging one, and thus it makes sense to test the assumptions, even this …

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 …

What is music worth?

In creative commons, drm, Manifold Recording, music industry by Michael Tiemann

I’m very behind on my blog postings, so don’t worry—you’re not reading my postings out of order. In October of this year, Radiohead put their album In Rainbows up for sale at whatever price you’re willing to pay. There was quite a flurry in the blogosphere, particularly from, which …

Gary Powell on collaboration

In creative commons, creativity by Michael Tiemann

Gary Powell hits the nail on this head with his post Sharing your creative process.  How many times have we been told, or sold, on the idea that creativity comes only from within?  Or that creativity is like some kind of artistic virginity, something that can never be restored to …

Manifold Recording Image

In Uncategorized by Michael Tiemann

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A Barenaked guide to music copyright reform

In creative commons by Michael Tiemann

On May Day 2006, Stephen Page of Barenaked ladies published The Barenaked guide to music copyright reform. It appears that yesterday Canada’s government decided to ignore some of its most famous and commercially successful artists, including Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sum 41, Broken Social Scene, Stars, Raine Maida …