faculty profile

Robert Harari

Building: Morton
Room: 114
Phone: 201.216.8928
Fax: 201.216.8245
Email: [email protected]
  • B.A. double major, New York University: Musicology - specialty Music Theory, Political Science - specialty International Relations 1983
  • L’Institut Des Etudes Politiques de Paris; Paris, France, areas of study: Politics, French Civilization, 1982-1983
  • CITI Certifications 2012 (Collaborative Instituttional Training Initiative) - HUMC - for clinical research

Clinical Researcher - Hackensack University Medical Center

Currently an Investigator for the Trauma Research Administrative Group "TRAG Team" researching how the sound profiles, of individual units within the hospital, contribute to cases of delirium and increased cognitive impairment over the course of a hospital stay.

General Information

Robert Harari has versatility in the field of audio and music with alternating roles as a composer, music producer, engineer, musician, mixer, sound designer and educator. Over a 25-year career in music, Harari has been fortunate enough to work with major artists while wearing multiple hats. Recently, Harari has added Clinical Researcher at Hackensack University Medical Center to the list of endeavors. 
Taking the decades of experience creating and mixing sound, and combining that with an appreciation of how the audience reacts in any particular venue, has led to the exploration of how sound inherently causes physiological reactions in our bodies.  Harari believes that if we can map the brain while analyzing specific aural signals, we can open the door to understanding how to live better through innovative design specifically focused on sound profiles of our environment. 

He hopes that his current research will finally lead to a PhD in Psychoacoustics.

In his previous pursuits, Harari has been primarily a music producer with 100's of productions under the belt (ALBUMS/CD, Television, Film, Corporate).  Harari composed songs individually and collaboratively for albums ranging from rock, pop and jazz to spoken word. He contributed soundtracks to multiple TV shows (The Boy King- NBC,) Documentaries (Back To Gombin-Packer Productions, The Hoboken Jewish Community – An Oral History), Industrial presentations (AT&T, Johnson & Johnson) and Motion Pictures (10 Acres and a Mule). Harari has produced a numerous spoken word works for radio and sound design beds for critically acclaimed programming.  In 2005, Harari was commissioned as Sound Designer and recordist of the binaural project “The Hiding” for the Holocaust Museum and Study Center of Rockland County, N.Y., which has received international accolades.

Harari logged many miles and mixed shows in many venues as the Production Manager and FOH mixer for Gregory Hines’ live performances from 1987 until Mr. Hines’ death in 2003. This introduction to the world of tap dance led Harari to start designing “Instruments” for dancers that would respond acoustically, similarly to other wood based percussion instruments. His interest in technology also led to designing new microphones techniques using Piezo transducers and convertors to the language of MIDI, allowing dancers to use timbral colors previously reserved for synthesizers.  In addition to the credits with Hines, Harari’s work with Savion Glover included; “Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk (4 Tony Awards 2006), Live (Barbra Streisand), Cannes Film Festival, and the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, and also in the Spike Lee film Bamboozled. Robert was the original sound designer and directed audio production for the world’s premier tap dancers during the first five years of the annual NYC Tap Festival. Harari continues to work on the live stage as a Sound Designer and in the studio as a Music Producer and Mix Engineer.

Harari formalized his teaching role in the Fall 2005 as an Adjunct Professor for the Music and Technology Department at Stevens Institute of Technology. He continues as a fulltime Industry Associate Professor of all the Audio Production curricula that he created, and also serves as Technical Director for the program.

In his personal life, Robert remains involved in many areas of community service. As a board member and former President of The United Synagogue of Hoboken, as a member of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), Robert has sat on the Education Committee in New York, the only non-governor member. He also regularly donates his time in the studio for charities such as The Robin Hood Foundation and outside the studio to Habitat For Humanity.

Partial credit listing available at www.harariville.com

Institutional Service

Technical Director Music & Technology Program- CAL - 2008-2013

College of Arts & Letters - Strategic Planning Task Force 2010-2011

College of Arts & Letters - Coordinator for CAL participation in Innovation Expo Day - 2012-2013

Division of Technology and the Arts - Coordinator for Senior Design Day 2007-2011


Professional Service

Please visit the HarariVille website for a complete listing.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Faculty Advisor for Summer Research Teams:

2014 - Bell Labs 

Honors & Awards

*Student Government Association - Stevens Institute of Technology

Exemplary Leadership Award - 2011 

*The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences - Emmy Awards:

Los Angeles Chapter

  • 1996 L.A. Marathon - Live Sports Coverage - Recording Engineer

Atlanta Chapter

  • 1996 Richard Wright (Black Boy) - Recording Engineer
  • 1999 Tick Tock Minutes - Recording Engineer
Guest Lecturer:
SUNY Oneonta, NY
Bloomfield College, NJ 

FABA for artists by artists - Board Of Directors 2007 - current. A 501(c) created to promote the Music and Visual Artist throughout Hudson County, N.J.


National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences - NY Chapter - 2006 Education Committee


United Synagogue of Hoboken (USH), Board of Trustees 1990-1999, 2003 – present, Board President USH 1997-1999.
    • During presidency designed and implemented plan to consolidate assets and construct Annex which now houses the hugely successful Kaplan Cooperative Preschool. Continues to work on strategic planning and educational growth.


Professional Societies
    • Audio Engineering Society, NY Chapter
    • Institute Of Noise Control Engineers (INCE)
    • N.A.R.A.S.; Voting member. NY Chapter Education Committee.
    • BMI. Member since 1987
Selected Publications
  1. Lorenz Rychner. (Oct 2004). "In the Studio: Xtreme Vocal miking - 8 voices, 17 mics", Recording: the Magazine for the Recording Musician, 4.  Download  (1179 kb PDF).
  • HMU 232 Sound Recording II
  • HMU 333 Sound Recording III (formerly 412)
  • HMU 334 Sound Recording IV
  • HMU 231 Sound Recording I
  • HMU 406 Audio Post Production
  • HMU 407 Sound Design
  • HAR 230 Sound and Vision
  • HMU 230 Sound and Vision
  • HMU 498 Ensemble
  • CAL 498 Thesis Preparation
  • CAL 499 Senior Thesis