Archive, metadata, valorize, sustain

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, including multi-tracks.

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.