faculty profile

Robert Harari

Building: Morton
Room: 114
Phone: 201.216.8928
Fax: 201.216.8245
Email: rharari@stevens.edu
  • 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 cocurse of a hospital stay.

General Information

Over a 25 year career in music, Harari has been fortunate enough to work with major artists while wearing multiple hats. most recently adding a new one, Clinical Researcher at Hackensack University Medical Center. 
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 Harari to realize how sound inherently causes physiological reactions in our bodies. The affects of loud sound systems magnifies the reactions, but sound is forever around us. Human ears never close and therefore the affects of our brain synthesizing that aural input continue day and night until our last breath. 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 focussed on sound profiles of our environment. 

Some information about Harari's past and continuing journey that has led to these new endeavors.

Primarily a Music Producer with 100's of productions under the belt (ALBUMS/CD, Television, Film, Corporate).
For 17 years with Gregory Hines, he was Production Manager and FOH engineer, on the Tony Awards (Hines was the Host), and the music tracks for his CBS TV show. (composer Rick Cutler). 
For Savion Glover- Harari designed unique Tap Instruments with integrated recording systems that were used in Spike Lee's Bamboozled, Opening Ceremonies for the Cannes Film Festival, Performances at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Games, and in Las Vegas for Barbra Streisand's Millenium Show
As a sound designer, I worked with Better World Productions to bring to life a Holocaust Hiding story using Binaural Technology as a unique educational tool, and also created the entire audio bed (sfx and musical scores) for the cartoon series' by Aniboom productions in Israel.

Harari composed songs individually and collaboratively for albums ranging from rock, pop and jazz to spoken word. He contributed soundtracks to multiple TV shows, Documentaries, and Motion Pictures. Harari has produced a numerous spoken word works for radio and most recently released sound design beds for critically acclaimed programming.

Throughout his career, Harari has trained many, many audio engineers through internships and formal education. As the owner and operator of HarariVille Recording Studios, Robert has trained engineers who have gone on to careers in music production and major label engineering. HarariVille has had associations with high schools in the region (The Bergen Academies, The Hudson School, The Hoboken Charter School) which send interns for class credit. After being a guest lecturer for SUNY Oneonta’s Music program, Robert formalized his teaching role in the Fall 2005 joining the Music and Technology Department at Stevens Institute of Technology, and continues as Industry Associate Professor of all the Sound Recording curricula that he created, and Technical Director for the College of Arts and Letters.

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.

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.

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
  • 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