Harkive 2016 – The Final Countdown – 1 day to go!

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On Tuesday 19th July Harkive will return for its fourth year to once again collect stories online from people about the detail of their music listening experience.

The project asks people to tell the tale of HowWhere and Why they listen to music on a single day each year, with the aim of capturing for posterity a snapshot of the way in which we interact with the sounds and technology of today. Since launching in 2013 the project has gathered over 8,000 stories, and on Tuesday 19th July we’ll be doing it all again. We hope you’ll join us by telling Harkive your story. You can read our quick guide to the project here.

We’re now on the final countdown to Harkive 2016, with just 1 day to go. As we have done in previous years, in the run up to the big day we’ll be posting some ‘example’ stories from people who do interesting things with their music listening. Today, for our final Harkive 2016 example we welcome Juice Aleem.

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A mainstay of the UK hip hop scene, Juice has released singles and LPs on NinjaTune and Big Dada, collaborating and touring with the likes of Luke Vibert and Coldcut along the way. He returns with a new LP in 2016, “Voodu Starchild”, featuring contributions from Mike Ladd, Roots Manuva, Blackitude and more. Lead single “Warriors” is available as a free download from label Gramma Proforma here.

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Juice kindly agreed to tell Harkive the story of his music listening day, and here it is.

Music is a thing that has always been there for me.

Certain feelings and memories of mine are placed in the context of songs or genres that have moved me. Moving me.

Preparing to move house again brings on a lot of reflection. And in that sense, there are tunes that will always transport me to other places, reminding me of friends, family and lovers.

Gil Scott Heron’s ‘The Bottle’ will always take me the ‘Rare Groove’ era of places such as West End Bar in Birmingham. Searching for these records and really having a ‘discovery’ of artists that were not only as exciting as the current scene but also had immense amounts of back catalog was really a joy.

The joy would make us feel connected to a deeper history of popular culture, like we were more clued up than everybody else. That special energy of youth is fueled by secret knowledge. Further into my Hip Hop awareness I’d see more and more of the records that my parents owned. That was and is still a real special thing that cannot be replaced. My parents aren’t here anymore, and the knowledge that all I need do is put on a Dennis Brown or Ijahman record to help bring good thoughts of my mother is a real jewel. My father passed a longer time ago in the States, but a few James Brown songs fire the memory cards up nicely. I imagine how the both of them would react to me playing their music and smile.

Over the last few months I’ve become a lot more pro with my collections. Through the years, thousands of comics, mixtapes, soundtapes, books, films and records have been crammed into very small spaces for the sake of future entertainment. And to show my now full grown adult responsible self I decided to take the strain off of a few of these tiny black holes and buy decent containers for all these records.

Pretty much every record I own has meaningful history attached to it. I don’t own as many as sum but as they line up in boxes across the wall, I tend to think of a different future where tech didn’t get smaller with CDs and MP3s but a place where the USB keys are these 12 and 7 inch records. The times and the emotions etched into the records are so much bigger than can be contained and I still love allowing them to roam through the air every now and then.

They have earned the release because they have always been there for me.

This isn’t the place I was born or where I spent the most time but it is where formative years were grown. It means sumthing to live in a place, have to leave, and only have these reflections as reminders.

Even once I finally leave the bedroom I grew up in, these special memories will still be here, at home.

If you enjoyed Juice’s example and would like to tell your own Harkive story in a similar way, you can do so by emailing submit@harkive.org on or after 19th July with the tale of your listening day, writing as much or as little as you want. If email is not your thing, you can contribute your story in a number of other ways, such as by Tweeting with the hashtag #harkive across the day, by posting to the Harkive page on Facebook, or by adding stories and images to Tumbr and Instagram – just remember to add the hashtag #harkive to each of your posts. More information on the ways in which you can tell your story are on the How To Contribute page.

Harkive 2016 is just 1 day away. We do hope you’ll join us on Tuesday 19th July by telling us the story of your listening day. If Harkive sounds interesting, please do help us spread the word by telling your friends about the project. In the meantime you can keep an eye on the project by following us on Twitter, or by liking our Facebook page. If you have any questions about the project please feel free to email us.