The idea is simple. For seven days this April, from Monday the 4th to Sunday the 10th, anyone who wants to take part will keep a diary of everything they listen to, and publish it online somewhere. How detailed that diary is, is up to the individual participants to decide. It may be an annotated list drawn from last.fm scrobbles and chucked up onto a Tumblr; it may take the form of a Tweet or a Facebook status update every time you select a new song on your iPod; or you may keep a detailed spreadsheet of your listening and post it, with notes, on your blog at the end of the week. It’s up to you. If you could tag however you decide to publish your list with “musicdiaryproject” so we can find each other’s entries, that would be awesome.
I’ll be producing an Excel spreadsheet at some point within the next couple of weeks which I’ll make available to download from somewhere, and which you can use to log your listening if you don’t use a scrobbling service or want to concoct your own solution to keeping track. I may also put together some kind of online survey, which I’ll make available for any participants to fill in after the week is done, to gauge how people felt about joining in.
Obviously the act of listing everything you listen to will, by the simple act of doing it, change the way you listen; don’t ignore this fact, but equally, try and keep to as usual a pattern of listening as you would normally have. This experiment isn’t about seeing who listens to the most music or the coolest music or the most diverse selection of music; it’s just about understanding all the different ways we listen to music.
I'll be participating here, or maybe on Twitter; if you're interested, feel free to join in.