Commercial Partners
Montreux Jazz Digital Project
Alain Dufaux
alain.dufaux@epfl.ch
Switzerland



Montreux Jazz Digital Project – Metamedia Center

Since 1967, audiovisual recordings of the Montreux Jazz Festival bring together the greatest musicians of the 20th century. The collection was inscribed in the 2013 UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Over 5,000 hours of live concerts were recorded in state-of-the-art broadcast quality for both video and audio.

The collection was digitized in a partnership between EPFL and the Claude Nobs Foundation. The Montreux Jazz Digital Project aims to preserve and transform this heritage into a unique archive of "raw material" for researchers to innovate in the field of music technology, signal processing, acoustics, multimedia, design, architecture, neurosciences, museology, or social and human sciences. Adding value to the collection, a substantial metadata enhancement program is also devised for schools, musicians and musicologists. Innovative user-interaction tools are placed at the archive’s disposal to transform it into a living collection, which can be discovered in the Montreux Jazz Café at EPFL.

The Metamedia Center of EPFL is leading the digitization and preservation operations. It also defines the research and innovation actions that were undertaken at EPFL within the last ten years to enrich the collection and provide new types of platforms and experiences for the public to discover the archive. More than 15 laboratories and start-ups of EPFL were involved in this process, a lot of new partnerships are being defined for the coming years.