— Latest update: 2019 —
For marcomathieumedia there are two major attractions of the Montreux Jazz Festival:
1: awesome music and
2: the amazing digital archive project – (see our video “bunker and backstage”).
Access to the the project database, its organisation and some of its actual content, was here: montreux-jazz-digital-project – one could sign up, learn about the project and enjoy Montreux! Sadly, this link is now diverted to one of the regular festival sites.
However, we can still learn about the details of this fascinating project from EPFL documents, including this 2013 brochure. – An incredibly in-depth version was published later in 2015. [40 pages, 130MB PDF, lots of high quality photos] view or download.
this post can be viewed as a full width project page here.
[All images on this page can be seen full size version by clicking on the image]
Photos of the 2019 EPFL display at the festival.
On the EPFL website there is a 2010 video overview of the planned project (see side bar)
and up-to-date information on the project progress and latest status.
As of November 2016 the “Montreux Heritage Lab” at the EPFL allows access to the archives. Follow their site to check the schedule.
Also check out our visit to the EPFL and the Heritage Lab.
50 years of accumulating recordings, most mainstream material is already digitized, catalogued, and clearly presented (with contextual photographs, documents, etc) for on-line search and since 2016 can be accessed at the EPFL “Montreux Heritage Lab”. See one sample embedded below:
Here are more Montreux Jazz links:
Direct link to single video on Montreux Jazz Live – this example is Monty Alexander:
Direct link to Ella Fitzgerald, Montreux 1969: In the old Casino which burned down (Smoke on the Water, Deep Purple 1972) in 1971 – note the smoke in the crowd!
Simply Red, Montreux 2016:
And here is the link to “10 million views” – a link provided by the official Montreux xxxx site – uploads from many sources in a single listing:(link seems disconnected – we leave it here in case they re-link it.).
Beyond the music – how about these:
Chalets at Caux, above Montreux:
Link to Video
Montreux Heritage Lab Video:
Published on YouTube, Oct 4, 2013
The Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab is a habitable architectural module that allows the user to plunge into 45 years of jazz, blues and rock concerts in the form of digital archives. The shape of its projection surface, precisely curved in order to enhance embodied user experience, finds its precedents in trompe l’œil effects brought to excellence in the baroque age. This device therefore draws reference from a specific pictorial heritage, combining a corporeal experience of visual content with the archives of musical heritage. The collaboration with the acoustics laboratory LEMA at EPFL had a profound influence onto the geometry of the project and the materials used. The micro-perforated screen offers acoustics transparence, which permits the masking of speakers behind it whilst glass panels located behind the screen equally transmit light. The opening mechanism allows for a folding away of an entire wall as a door, thus allowing the device to be operated in two different modes: acoustically isolated for a small audience inside the space of the module, or open and accessible to a larger audience. Through its transparence and its capacity to modify its configuration, the module becomes an actor in a larger space in which it resides. This architectural module was developed at EPFL ECAL LAB in 2011-12.
Science & Technology
Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab II on the EPFL campus – High quality images and more details here: Including this video:
When the Music is Good
(text from website of Kirell Benzi, photos by marcomathieumedia, information courtesy of EPFL Metamedia Center)
The Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the most famous music festivals in the world. Starting with Jazz, it has progressively expanded to other genres of music and as always attracted world-class performers such as Queen, BB King, Prince, or Santana. This network shows with whom musicians of the festival play. At the edge of the ring, we have artists who perform only with their band, forming many disconnected communities. In the center are those who jam with everyone, the stars of the festival, well-connected. One of the brightest stars was George Duke, the champion of appearances at the festival with 53 concerts. In the center in orange, he faces the legendary guitarist Santana in purple.