The selection of the EPFL to receive and preserve the archive was made, on the one hand, because of its ability to guarantee continuity, as universities have traditionally been among the most stable institutions, and on the other hand, because of its technological competences to assure its storage, preservation and presentation to a wider public audience.
It is the musical and technological restoration of this heritage which is at the origin of the creation of the « Montreux Jazz Digital Project ».
The first chapters of this project will serve primarily to safeguard this unique musical history, whose carrier media are subject to the destructive tests of time, with a view to guaranteeing access to it to future generations. The operation will progress from the systematic digitalisation of the 15,000 hours of audio and visual medias of different generations and end with the creation of a digital treasure which, through the richness of its content, constitutes an educational resource of the highest order. This represents by far the largest collection of concerts recorded live to be brought together in one place. The greatest names in jazz appear on them and a great number of improvised jam sessions are extremely rare, thanks to the combination of talents playing.
EPFL and Montreux Sounds, curator of the archives have therefore joined forces to create a unique and first of a kind, high resolution digital archive of the Montreux Jazz Festivals, with EPFL as exclusive licensee for scientific research and educational use. The goal of this ambitious project foreseen for 60 months from September 2010 to December 2015, is to exploit the know-how and expertise of EPFL for creation of the most technologically advanced high resolution digital media archive and long-term preservation ever produced, and doing so to set the ground for conception of novel and advanced technologies for tomorrow's digital media, hence maintaining a key know-how in a strategically important field in science, education and economy.
Experimental pavilion to bridge culture and science at EPFL:
A public‐private partnership brings science and art together "The ArtLab"
The Japanese architectural firm Kengo Kuma & Associates, together with Holzer Kobler Architekturen from Zurich, won the architectural design competition launched in 2012 to develop Cosandey Square at EPFL. Their project, “The ArtLab” will unite an experimental Art & Sciences space and a demonstration pavilion under a single, long stone roof at the Montreux Jazz Lab. The Swiss federal government will finance half of the 30‐million‐franc project, with the remainder coming from private partners.
Press release "ArtLab" EPFL 2016
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Montreux Jazz CLAUDE NOBS LEGACY
MANY THANKS TO
MR. PATRICK AEBISCHER
MR. FRANçOIS CARRARD
MS. Adrienne corboud-Fumagalli
MR. ALAIN DUFAUX
MR. Lê-Binh Hoang
MR. MATHIEU JATON
MR. ERIC MERK
MR. XAVIER OBERSON
MR. STéPHANE PERRIN
Collaborating and working with more than 60 students, 3 interns, 7 external companies and 35 researchers across 8 labs at EPFL for 25 digitization and valorization projects.
The Montreux Jazz Digital Project is a unique partnership between EPFL and Montreux Sounds. A list of EPFL labs, researchers, students, staff and external partners involved in the Montreux Jazz Digital Project is provided here.