The Harkive Project

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Craig Hamilton is a student/teacher who has recently joined the BCU team. His background and new Harkive project speak to some of the concepts behind the IMMIVE project.

Craig  is in the final stages of his MA Music Industries at BCU, where he is also employed as a visiting lecturer and teaches elements of the undergraduate degree program in the School of Media.

He has worked in music retail, the live music sector, digitial distribution and as a musician and songwriter during his 20-year involvement in the music industries.

Alongside his studies and teaching at BCU Craig also works as a consultant for a number of independent record labels and artists and runs the successful music blog, Rock and Roll Tedium.

The Harkive Project is his final project for his MA, following which he hopes to embark on further post-graduate study and research. This is his account of the project:

We live in exciting times. In the entire history of Popular Music fans have never had so many ways in which to consume our passion than we have right now. Technology has brought millions and millions of songs, videos, performances, as well as related items such as artwork, opinion, and information, just a click away. Armed with this technology, our music consumption habits have been changing rapidly over the last decade. We are increasingly becoming highly individualised in our listening, yet well all share a common bond in our love of noise. I’m interested in the ways we differ, and in the ways we are all the same.

It is my belief that no two people have ever listened to music in precisely the same way, and I think this is particularly, increasingly true today. Some of us may use technology or services common to many others, or we may listen to music on the same type of journeys, or in similar spaces, and for similar reasons, but each of us nevertheless creates our own, unique patchwork from what is available to us. The Harkive Project wants to find out how and why you listen to music in the way that you do, and how the devices, technologies, formats, services and time available to you are combined to create your personal listening experience.

On 9th July 2013 I will be gathering stories from music fans across the globe in order to create a unique snapshot of the many listening cultures, habits and practices that exist on that day. I want to repeat this process every year and map how these change over time. My hope is that the results of my analysis into the responses to various instances of Harkive develop into a useful, informative and interesting resource for anyone interested in Popular Music. In order for this to happen, I need your help: I’d like you to tell me your story.

You’ll be able to contribute your story in a number of ways; by writing a few words, or taking some photographs, or even recording some audio or video. You’ll also be able to contribute using Twitter, or by commenting on the Harkive Facebook page, or a number of other online and social networking services. My intention is to make contributing as easy as possible, because I want to gather as many responses as I can. The more people I hear from, the better.

If you’d like to be kept informed of developments as I build up towards Harkive 2013, please join the mailing list. Alternatively, you can follow Harkive on Twitter, or ‘Like’ the Harkive page on Facebook.

Thank you. I look forward to hearing your story.

all2gethernow September Activities


all2gethernow Activities in September 2012
We have three #a2n_salons coming up: 18./25./28. September – but first: 

Thank you: #a2n_werkstatt – 2 full inspiring days on making music and related survival strategies 

Thank you all who participated in #a2n_werkstatt @ noisy Musicworld on 6/7 September, during Berlin Music Week! 

Check out some first impressions of Day 1, and Day 2. And a first full set of pictures (Day 1, Day 2). More pictures and pieces of documentation are soon to come! 

 Feedback Survey
To all those of you who participated in #a2n_werkstatt – Please take 5 min to share your feedback here: 

There were so many great people around! Thank you all for coming and participating – from the #a2n_werkstatt teamand all partners. 


If you think that’s it .. September has much more to offer from our end, voilà: 

Upcoming #a2n_salons in September: 

 Tue, 18. September, 7 pm: #a2n_salon :: Do-It-Together – Building our own Music Industry @ Supermarkt 

Artists producing, recording, distributing and promoting an album in a collaborative process. The Berlin-based international artist collective A Headful of Bees take the album production of singer songwriter Eric Eckhart as a test case, and engage in a collaborative “D-I-T” album production process for a week, at Supermarkt Berlin. The idea to the project was inspired by all2gethernow activities, yeah! Get an introduction to the project at the #a2n_salon.
More Info:

 Tue, 25. September, 6 pm – #a2n_salon :: Conversation with ZOE KEATING @ Grüner Salon 

We are happy to welcome Zoë Keating back in Berlin, to talk about her music and share her experiences with her DIY approach on the business side of things. Check her talk at a2n in 2010. The #a2n_salon with Zoë will be followed by a concert at Grüner Salon. Entry to the #a2n_salon is free, the concert is 12 EUR VVK / 15 EUR AK.
More Info:

Foto by Jeffrey Rusch. 

 Fri, 28. September, 12:30 (lunch time) – #a2n_salon :: Music Online Everywhere – But what´s in for the musicians? @ Social Media Week, Naherholung Sternchen 

In cooperation with Social Media Week Berlin, we have invited Gerrit Schumann (CEO Simfy),´s Jonas Brander and C3Sfounder Wolfgang Senges to dicuss streaming and new means of online-collaboration in the music business. They will be confronted with the artist´s perspective represented by Fritz Krings of VUT. Marcel Weiss, online-music expert and blogger will moderate a thrilling and controversial discussion.
For those of you who want to stay on – there will be a recap session on #a2n_werkstatt and other Berlin Music Week activities at 2 pm.
More info:

We look forward to seeing you at the #a2n_salons!
Best wishes from all2gethernow! 

FOTOS taken at #a2n_werkstatt, by DANNY IBOVNIK


WHO ARE WE: The all2gethernow e.V. (a2n) is an independent platform and event series that looks for new strategies within the music business and it’s cultural landscape. a2n invites all artists, music labels, industry professionals, the web community, media and fans to a constructive exchange of perspectives, collective brainstorming, network building and creates a social platform for interaction with peers.

all2gethernow (a2n)
is a participatory platform to connect
all involved and interested in music,
creativity and culture for a joint
constructive dialogue on new strategies.

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Evonne and Jonathan of Contemporary Music Centre Ireland (CMC) outline their work

Back in June, Jez Collins and I took a quick trip from Birmingham to Dublin in order to connect with the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland.

In this first video we took (apologies for ambient noise and the homeless man hovering out of frame), Evonne Ferguson and Jonathan Grimes introduce themselves and outline something of their work at CMC.

681659-CMC1a from BCMCR on Vimeo.

This second video explores the music heritage site right on the doorstep of the CMC building.

681652-CMC2 from BCMCR on Vimeo.


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This is a message from Emília Barna who is taking on some of the partner reponsibilities for Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem.

My name is Emília Barna


and I am very excited to have joined IMMHIVE. I am finding the material on this blog highly inspiring, in particular the informative and enjoyable descriptions of cultural activity in the cities involved in the project. I am very much looking forward to visiting the places and meeting you all.



A few words about myself: from September I will be teaching in the Cultural Industries MA programme at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. In 2011 I completed a PhD in Popular Music Studies at the University of Liverpool Institute of Popular Music, supervised by Professor Sara Cohen. My research was about music, place – the city in particular – and the internet, explored through a case study of the online and offline activity of Liverpool-based indie bands and the online presence/ representation of local music events such as Liverpool Music Week. I was interested in how online and offline interaction and connections are intertwined in a music network that is in part locally based, but is also branching out towards various other spaces, and I looked at how thinking in terms of a network can enhance our understanding of scenes. More recently I have been applying some of these ideas to the studying of contemporary popular music in Hungary.   

At the moment I am also editing a journal issue on music, networks and society, as well as working with two co-editors on the launching of the first Hungarian language popular music studies journal (first issue to appear later this year).

From September owards I will also teach as part of an exciting initiative at the University of Pécs in Hungary, namely a tertiary level popular music studies programme based on a theoretical and a practical module, the latter organised through an individual tutor system. I will include more details regarding the programme in a separate blog post.

Some links that may be of interest:

My profile 

 A book chapter based on some of the findings of my PhD research:

 A recent publication on the Hungarian indie scene


Las Dos Cervecitas


The Kpacita team, @margaojedaIsrael Sánchez and myself joined Paul & Jez (AKA las dos cervecitas) in Berlin as we had been unable to get to the first meeting in Birmingham, to take advantage of the programme they had put together and to talk projects.

I recorded a video of Paul & Jez talking about their experience of Berlin and also about one of the ideas we had discussed, Kfé Innovación. Kfé is an experimental methodology for debate and citizen action in which simultaneous meetings take place in venues worldwide and experiences are shared via social media and the use of hashtags to ensure communication and knowledge transeference. Anybody can host a “Kfé” following some simple guidelines (and we encourage you to do so!)

Here’s the video then – the quality isn’t so good due to the lighting in the venue and it’s unedited so you can enjoy it in all the original glory (bear in mind it was filmed just after the presentation by Paul & Jez and on the last evening of a very intense few days in Berlin 😉 ).



Las Dos Cervecitas from chris pinchen on Vimeo.