5 reasons to contribute to Harkive

On 9th July 2013 Harkive will be collecting stories from music fans around the world. The aim is to capture for posterity a global snapshot of the way in which we interact with the sounds and technology of today, and get to the essence of what music means to us as all.

Here are 5 reasons why we think you should consider contributing a story on 9th July:

1) You are interesting

Millions and millions of people listen to music each day, but no two people listen in precisely the same way, or for the same reasons. That makes you interesting.

It is true that we may use certain products, services, formats and technologies that are common to many others, but our motivations for doing so, and the situations we find ourselves in as we listen, are unique.

How, Why and Where you listen to music is fascinating, so please tell us all about it.

2) The World is Listening

We’re inviting contributions from all over the world and have so far recieved expressions of interest from almost every corner of the globe: Britain, the USA, Australia, Columbia, Russia, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Indonesia, Sweden…..the list goes on.

Many different cultures will be represented, and this will enable Harkive to look at the ways in which we differ, and also the ways in which we are the same. We hope that the process of exchanging the stories of our invidividual experiences will lead to new knowledge, interesting conversations, and useful relationships. We’d like you to be a part of that.

3) We’re speaking to the future

There has been some fabulous music released in 2013 – songs and albums that will surely stand the test of time, across genres and styles both old and new.

Just as we look back with fascination on pivotal years in the history of popular music, fans in future years will also look back on 2013, perhaps even considering it as one of the best years of the century for recorded music. However the music of 2013 is viewed in future years we can be sure that there will be an interest in the culture of our time, and you are a part of that culture.

Harkive aims to provide a record of what it felt like to be here right now, and your contribution to the project will enhance the picture we provide.

4) There are prizes…

As an extra incentive there are a number of cool prizes on offer to those who contribute. There are CDs, limited edition vinyl, t-shirts, tote bags, badges, and gig tickets up for grabs from independent record labels, bands and venues.

Everyone contributing to Harkive 2013 will be entered into the competition, with winners chosen at random shortly after 9th July.

…and finally:

5) It’s easy!

One of the aims of the project was to make contributing as easy as possible, which we hope we’ve achieved. For a little more detail on the different ways you can tell your story have a look at the How To Contribute page. Really, though, it’s very simple, and it breaks down like this:

- Just tell the story of how, where and why you listen to music on 9th July.

- You can email your story to submit@harkive.org, or use the #harkive tag to post on social networks.

- Write as much or as little as you like: Send one tweet, or a hundred; write a two-line snapshot, or a very long essay – it’s entirely up to you.

- You can also take photos, record some audio, or even make a video.

-  Remember that there are no right or wrong ways to do it, just tell us your story!

If you’re still a little stuck as to how you might contribute we’ve posted a number of example contributions from musicians, journalists and fans over the last few weeks. Take a scroll through the blog to get an idea of how others have Harkived their listening.

If Harkive sounds like your thing, we’d love to hear your story on 9th July. If you can help us spread the word in the meantime, that would be fantastic.

You can help by pointing your friends in the direction of www.harkive.org, or by directing them to Harkive on Twitter, or to our Facebook page. Any shares and Retweets would be gratefully received. The more people who contribute, the better – so every share counts.

Thank you!