UTA Prof Sees MusicDetour as
Archive for DFW’s Music

Part of MusicDetour's goal is to protect the rights of musicians and their music.

MusicDetour

MUSICDETOUR WILL BE A RESOURCE THAT’S PUTS NORTH TEXAS MUSIC IN SPOTLIGHT


A sociology professor at the University of Texas at Arlington is developing a musical archive of UTA music students, professors, alumni and North Texas musicians called MusicDetour – The DFW Local Music Archive.

The endeavor is the idea of David Arditi, an assistant professor of sociology, and it would make the region’s music free to the world, according to a UTA news release.

“Tons of music is recorded in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, but is never fully documented because there is no place to preserve the cultural recordings.”
David Arditi

He said he has thing goals for the archive: house local music, develop big data that is open and available to everyone, and to build a community.

“Tons of music is recorded in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, but is never fully documented because there is no place to preserve the cultural recordings,” Arditi said. He said that he believes that recording contracts from major recording labels exploit musicians rights.

That’s where MusicDetour could be beneficial, Arditi said.

“MusicDetour hopes to give musicians a way to overcome such mistreatment and a nonprofit platform to build a fan base, distribute their music and analyze data,” Arditi said.

At first, MusicDetour will be hosted by the university in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology’s Center for Theory. Future plans include plans to fund student workers for both curation and web development through philanthropic means, he said.

According to the release, other collaborators in the project include Dan Cavanagh, a jazz pianist, associate professor of music and director of UTA’s music industry studies program; Micah Hayes, a composer and senior lecturer in music industry; Chyng-Yang Jang, associate professor of communication; and staff with the UTA Libraries and UTA Radio, the university’s student-led internet radio station. 

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