The immersive installation 'Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab 2' revives 50 years of jazz history

The immersive installation 'Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab 2' revives 50 years of jazz history
[Laussane] Switzerland
View of the installation Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab 2. Photograph © Joël Tettamanti.
The Montreux Jazz Festival and EPFL have embarked in a major project to digitize the most important audiovisual heritage of jazz, blues and rock concerts from the last 45 years. The Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab explores the potential of these digital archives: it offers an immersive experience which revitalizes our bond to such legacy.
The Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab 2 is a research program whose field is at the crossroads between architecture, design and technology. The program is led by the EPFL+ECAL Lab in close collaboration with the architectural lab ALICE, at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), one of the two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology.

This new permanent and immersive installation is hosted within the new campus building designed by the architect Kengo Kuma, and situated just next to the Montreux Jazz Café. Rather than mimicking the past, the project leads the audience on a unique journey through 50 years of history and 5.000 hours of audiovisual recordings made at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Visitors truly feel that they are live on stage with Ella Fitzgerald, standing beside Miles Davis’ trumpet, or composing Smoke on the Water together with Deep Purple.

After an 8-year long preservation project kick-started by Audemars Piguet, Montreux Sounds and EPFL, visitors can now delve into 50 years of concerts and have world’s largest collection of live jazz, blues and rock recordings at their fingertips - the first more
Design research on the conception of space
Dieter Dietz, Rudi Nieveen, Manon Fantin
i, Javier Puchalt, Yannick Claessens, ALICE EPFL
Design research on emerging technologies
Nicolas Henchoz, Cédric Duchêne, Tommaso
Colombo, Karian Foehr, Delphine Ribes, Guillaume Bonnier, David Roulin, Susanne Schneider, EPFL + ECAL LAB
Coordination Montreux Jazz Digital Project
Alain Dufaux, Igor Ristic, Olivier Bruch
ez, Gregory Marti, Sarah Artacho, Caryl Jones, Julien Raemy, Céline Racine, MetaMedia Center EPFL
3D Sound
Dirk Schröder, Sönke Pelzer, Fabian Knau
Technological partners
Claude Nobs Foundation (preservation &am
p; valorisation Montreux Jazz Festival Archives) HGST (storage Montreux Jazz Festival Archives) Illusonic (upmix stereo sound) PSI Audio (speakers) Stahl & Traumfabrik (construction) 3D précision (3D printing aluminium) Lang (LED technology) Lumens8 (video installations) Burmester Event (audiovisual programming) Rückstuhl (acoustic carpet)
Audemars Piguet, HGST, Foundation Ernst
Göhner, Foundation Lombard Odier, Loterie Romande, Private donors