BBC profiles PhD research project

A research project by a postgraduate researcher from the University has been featured on BBC Radio 4’sToday programme and BBC Radio 5 Live.

The Harkive project, created by PhD student Craig Hamilton, is an annual, online music research project that gathers stories from people around the world about how, where and why they listened to music on a single day. Since launching in 2013, the project has gathered over 5,000 stories.

By gathering and sharing these stories, Harkive aims to create a global snapshot of the ways in which people interact with music and technology. Fans are able to contribute their stories by emailing the project, posting to social networking sites such as Twitter using the #harkive hashtag, or by posting on the wall of the Harkive Facebook page.

Craig, who is funded by the AHRC’s Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, has already received contributions from a number of prominent music journalists including Andrew Harrison from Q Magazine, Jude Rogers from the Observer and Rob Fitzpatrick from the Guardian.

Craig explains: “The landscape of music consumption has changed radically over the last decade. Services that many of us take for granted, such as YouTube and Spotify, simply did not exist ten years ago. Meanwhile, the resurgence of some physical formats and vinyl in particular, show that these still resonate for fans.

“Harkive will discover how we each create our own patchwork from what is available to us, and will map how these change in the years to come when Harkive plans to return in 2016. My intention is that these stories help contribute to the furtherance of knowledge and study of popular music culture.”

Listen to Craig’s appearance on BBC Radio 4 (2h42m) >>