Harkive – The Final Countdown – 3 days to go..

On Tuesday 21st July Harkive will once again be collecting stories from music fans around the world about How, Where and Why they listen on the day. If you’re a fan of music, we’d love to hear your story.

All this week we’ve been posting some example contributions from interesting people involved with popular music, and with 3 days to go until Harkive day, we’re very pleased to bring you another.

Raphaël Nowak is a cultural sociologist. His research examines music consumption in the digital age. He will be releasing his first manuscript ‘Consuming Music in the Digital Age: Technologies, Roles and Everyday Life’ (Palgrave Macmillan) in late 2015 .


He currently lives in his home country – France – but will soon be moving to ‘another, more exciting place’ (he tells us). You can follow his activities on Twitter, where he is @raphahead.

Rafa sent us a long, thoughtful entry, reflecting on his music listening in great detail, so we’re doing something slightly different with this one. We’ve provided Rafa’s intro here and posted the full entry over on our new Medium page, where we’re collecting some of the more ‘long form’ Harkive responses.

Here’s is Rafa’s story..

I am very thoughtful about my everyday listening practices and taste in music. I have conducted sociological research on such topics for several years now, and it has only increased my reflexivity about how I interact with music, and why. So I keep track of both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of my everyday listening practices. One way I do this is by using Last.fm. I am a user of the social media for almost 8 years now. At first, I met some people on the site, whom I went to gigs with for instance. Now, I feel like it has — like many other social media — lost most of its potential to connect with like-minded people. However, I still visit my profile regularly — sometimes several times a day — to check what I have been listening to lately (my 3-month charts are a good basis), to get ideas of what to listen to, and even to try to fight any sentiment of ‘choice fatigue’.

In terms of devices, I usually listen to music on my two computers (a Macbook pro and a desktop), on my iPod Nano (through earphones, or sometimes plugged onto my stereo), and once in a while on CDs or on vinyl discs, and rarely through the radio…..


I rarely listen to music in the morning, except if I have to commute somewhere. It takes my brain a while to wake up and be fully functional. In that time, I do not enjoy the sound of music. Basically I feel like it would ruin the joy of hearing sounds that I normally find pleasant. My listening habits generally correspond to how I feel. Since I am not a morning person, I avoid music in that time. At the contrary, evenings are usually the time when music has the most affects on me… And evenings also are the time when I am the most functional to complete certain tasks.

I live in-between places. Today I’m at my parents’ house. This is where I get to listen to more music. My digital library, my CD collection and my vinyl discs are all there. So I have the options to choose how I want to engage with music.

The first music I interacted with on that day was a couple of tracks — by American electronic artists Tycho and ODESZA — that I recognized in a YouTube video that compiles the buzz videos of the week. Basically, it’s full of animals doing funny things, Russians driving like crazies, drones filming great sceneries, humans falling from skateboards/motorbikes/bicycles and drones getting smashed by rams (my favorite).

This was probably one hour after waking up — yes, I am a slow riser.

….to continue reading Rafa’s piece, head over to his post on our Medium page.

If you’re enjoying reading the music listening stories we’ve been posting this week and would like to tell yours on Tuesday 21st July, there are a number of ways you can do that.

You can use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or other social networks to post as many short entries as you like across the day – just remember to include the #harkive hashtag in each post and we’ll do the rest.

Or, you can write something longer and email it to us, like Rafa did, or post it to Medium, Tumblr, or to you own blog/website – again, just remember to include a #harkive tag.

We also accept photos, video and audio diaries.

Hopefully there is a method that suits you. All available means of providing us with your story are detailed on the How To Contribute page.

We hope you’ll consider telling your music listening story next Tuesday. 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 in the meantime, please feel free to email us.