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.