5 Reasons Why You Should Tell Your Music Listening Story To Harkive 2015


On 21st July 2015 Harkive will once again 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. We’d love to hear your story.

Here are 5 reasons why we think you should consider contributing your music listening story to Harkive on 21st July:

1) You are interesting

Millions and millions of people will be listening to music 21st July, but no two people will listen in precisely the same way, or for the same reasons. That makes you interesting.

You might use certain products, services, formats and technologies that are common to many others, but your motivations for doing so, and the situations you find yourselves in as you listen, will be unique. It is the unique nature of your story that we are trying to capture.

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

2) The World is Listening.  Join in! 

Since launching in 2013, Harkive has so far gathered over 5,000 stories. These have arrived from all corners of the globe and together create a fascinating snapshot of how people were listening on 9th July 2013 and 15th July 2014.

Listeners of BBC Radio 3 joined in after DJs talked about the project on air, thousands and thousands of people using the #harkive hashtag made it the number 1 trending topic on Twitter, and people from 57 different countries visited the Harkive website.

It’s all going to happen again on 21t July 2015, and we’d like you to be part of that.

3) We’re speaking to the future

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 can put together.

Just as we look back with fascination on pivotal years in the history of popular music, people in future years will be almost certainly look back on the 2010s. They will want to know about the music that was made, but they may also want to look at the way we listened, and what it felt like to be there.

We hope Harkive will be useful in that regard, and our new Data Explorer is the first of a number of online, interactive resources the project will be building over the coming months and years which will help us do that.

4) There are prizes…

As an extra incentive, there are a number of cool prizes on offer to those who contribute on 21st July. There are CDs, vinyl record, t-shirts, tote bags, badges, and other items. Everyone contributing to Harkive 2015 will be entered into the hat.

…and finally

5) It’s really easy

We’ve aimed to make contributing to Harkive as easy as possible. You don’t even need to make a special effort to listen to music in order to contribute. In previous years people have talked about the songs that popped into their head, or of the music drifting in through open windows. Music surrounds us almost everywhere we go during our daily lives, so just tell us your thoughts on what you hear, and how it makes you feel.

How you tell us the story of your music listening day is simple, and it breaks down like this:

– Talk about how, where and why you listen to music on 21st July.

– You can email that story to submit@harkive.org, or post your thoughts and observations to social networks such as Twitter or Facebook – just include remember to include the #harkive hashtag.

– Write as much or as little as you like. You can send one tweet, or a hundred across the day. You can email a two-line snapshot, or a very long essay. There are no word limits.

For a little more detail on the different ways you can tell your story, have a look at the How To Contribute page, where you’ll see that as well as emails and social network posts, you can also take photos, record some audio, or even make a video.

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

If Harkive sounds like your thing, we’d look forward to hearing your story on 21st July. And if you can help us spread the word in the meantime, that would be fantastic. You can do that by pointing your friends in the direction of www.harkive.org, or by directing them to Harkive on Twitter, or to our Facebook page.

On Tuesday 21st July 2015 the world will be listening. We’d love to hear your story.

Thank you