On Tuesday 21st July Harkive will once again be collecting stories from music fans around the world. Here’s our 5 minute guide to all things Harkive.
What is Harkive?
Harkive is an online research project that gathers stories from people about their music listening on a single day each year.
Since launching in 2013, the project has gathered over 5,000 unique stories from music lovers all around the world, creating a unique snapshot of how, where and why we listen to music.
We’d like you to tell us your story on Tuesday 21st July, and here are 5 reasons why we think you should.
How, Where & Why
The project aims to collect stories about How, Where and Why you listen to music on a single day. We’re interested in the places and situations you find yourself in, the technologies, devices and formats you use, and the way that music makes you feel.
It’s quite hard to describe all of that without telling us What you’re listening to, so please do include that if you want to, but remember that it’s more about telling us your experiences than providing a list of songs.
Telling Your Story Is Easy
We’ve aimed to make the process of telling your story as easy as possible, and you can contribute your story in a variety of ways. Hopefully there is one that suits your habits already, and you won’t need to go too far out of your way to tell your story.
You can post to social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr, simply by adding the #harkive hashtag to your posts, or you can email your story to us. You can also send us photos, videos, or even make an audio diary. A full list of the ways you can tell your story is available on the How To Contribute page.
Just as in previous years, we’re really grateful to a number of record labels, artists, festivals and other organisations who have kindly donated items to the Harkive prize draw. Anyone contributing their story on 21st July will be automatically entered and the winners will be chosen at random shortly after Harkive day. Here are some of the 2015 prizes.
Each year, in the run up to the big day, we post example contributions from interesting people working in and around music. This year we’ve had record label owners from Helsinki, Nashville and Birmingham, DJs, promoters, a forensic musicologist, artist managers, journalists and even a cultural sociologist. Take a scroll back through the blog to read them.
Harkive Data Explorer
If you are curious about the things people said about their music listening on the previous Harkive days in 2013 and 2014, you can now search through some of these using the new Harkive Data Explorer.
This currently contains all the Tweets collected in 2013 and 2014, which you can search according to formats, year and keywords. If people included photos in their original tweets, you’ll be able to see these, and any links to playlists, songs and interesting things related to music will also work.
If you contributed via Twitter in previous years you can also search for your entries by entering your Twitter username. Have your music listening habits changed much since 2013 and 2014?
The Harkive Platform
Another thing we’ve been working on alongside the Data Explorer is the Harkive Platform, which is currently in Beta phase (this means it’s far from the finished article, but it’s at a point where it’s ready to play with).
A lot of the data collected about music listening by the online services that many of us use is hidden away (because it’s valuable, essentially), so one of the things we’d like to do with the Harkive data is make it available.
There are limits to that, of course, particularly when it comes to personal information (email addresses, and so on), but we hope that, within those limits, we’ll be able to show you some interesting stuff and let you play with it as the project evolves.
Ask Us Anything
If you have any questions about Harkive, or would like to get involved in any way, please do drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you. You can also find out more on the About and FAQ pages.
Please do join us…
On Tuesday 21st July the world will be listening…again. We’d love to hear your story, so please do join in!