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Fall 2017

Inquiry Magazine Archive

  • Winter 2016

    Winter 2016: Energy Evolution

    From carbon dioxide conversion to landfill mining, researchers at UTA are seeking viable alternative energy options.

  • Spring 2016

    Spring 2016: Premium Blend

    Found in everything from space shuttles to dental fillings, composite materials have thoroughly infiltrated modern society. But their potential is still greatly untapped, offering researchers ample opportunity for discovery.

  • Fall 2015

    Fall 2015: Collision Course

    Within the particle showers created at the Large Hadron Collider, answers to some of the universe’s mysteries are waiting.

  • Spring 2015

    Spring 2015: Almost Human

    Model systems like pigeons can help illuminate our own evolutionary and genomic history.

  • Fall 2014

    Fall 2014: Small Wonder

    UT Arlington's tiny windmills are bringing renewable energy to a whole new scale.

  • Winter 2014

    Winter 2014: Overdue for an Overhaul

    The stability of our highways, pipelines, and even manholes is reaching a breaking point.

  • 2012

    2012: Mystery solved?

    Scientists believe they have discovered a subatomic particle that is crucial to understanding the universe.

  • 2011

    2011: Boosting brain power

    UT Arlington researchers unlock clues to the human body’s most mysterious and complex organ.

  • 2010

    2010: Powered by genetics

    UT Arlington researchers probe the hidden world of microbes in search of renewable energy sources.

  • 2009

    2009: Winning the battle against pain

    Wounded soldiers are benefiting from Robert Gatchel’s program that combines physical rehabilitation with treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • 2009

    2007: Sensing a solution

    Tiny sensors implanted in the body show promise in combating acid reflux disease, pain and other health problems.

  • 2006

    2006:Semiconductors: The next generation

    Nanotechnology researchers pursue hybrid silicon chips with life-saving potential.

  • 2005

    2005: Imaging is everything

    Biomedical engineers combat diseases with procedures that are painless to patients.

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Music Mavericks

Professor creates free digital archive to house and share music produced in the Metroplex 

Music Mavericks

A new website developed at UTA is collecting music created in the DFW Metroplex and making it available to the world—for free.

David Arditi, assistant professor of sociology, established “MusicDetour: DFW Music Archive” to house local music, develop big data available to all, and build community among users and artists. The digital depository serves as a free public resource, preserving music from all genres created and performed in North Texas.

“Tons of music is recorded in the DFW region, but is never fully documented because there is no place to preserve the cultural records,” Dr. Arditi says.

The plan ultimately is to allow listeners to stream and download songs available on MusicDetour, honoring the artist’s preference for his or her work.

Arditi’s collaborators include Dan Cavanagh, associate professor of music and director of UTA’s music industry studies program; Micah Hayes, a composer and senior lecturer in music media; and staff members from UTA Libraries and UTA Radio. The website will be hosted initially by the Center for Theory, part of the College of Liberal Arts.

Elisabeth Cawthon, liberal arts dean, praises MusicDetour’s use of data to draw patterns among users’ preferences and share knowledge.

“By using metadata to note commonalities between musicians, fans, visual artists, actors, and others, MusicDetour and UTA sociologists, musicians, librarians, and communication faculty and students will develop a community and facilitate connections,” she says.

Want more?

Read Arditi’s op-ed on how record companies induce panic about music piracy to increase their profits and exploit artists.

Under current industry models, corporations control the production and distribution of cultural content. The practice, Arditi says, limits access to music. As MusicDetour develops, the goal is to reinvent the way music—and culture—are created and shared.

“We think that this project will be a meaningful start to rethinking the recording industry in a way that gives control back to the creators of the music, rather than the large corporations,” he says.

Illustration by Sam Chivers


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