The Montreux Jazz Café at EPFL has opened on November 2016 and offers the general public the opportunity to discover and relive concerts from the Montreux Jazz Festival archive from 1967 till today. This welcoming space is equipped with the latest audio-visual and multimedia technology and combines listening and visual pleasures with those of food and dining.
The Montreux Jazz Digital Project presents at the ArtLab three types of personal and intimate archive discovery experiences :
- Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab version 2 – an involving and immersive space for the visualisation of the archive in 3D sound. This is a collaborative project between various EPFL labs; EPFL+ECAL Lab for the design, Alice Lab for the architecture, LTS2 for the acoustics and PSI Audio.
- 2 personal booths for 2 people with archive search and discovery stations linked to a special database created to navigate the archive in a simple and ergonomic way.
- 2 iPads with SounD Dots (sound projectors created by the EPFL acoustic lab LTS2 and commercialised by Hidacs an EPFL start-up born from the project). This creates a social yet intimate experience for small groups to discover the archive in a unique way.
The Montreux Jazz Café at EPFL is part of a wider construction and cultural quarter known as ArtLab. The Kengo Kuma-designed Art Lab building hosts three distinct pavilion spaces dedicated to the intersection of EPFL science and technology with various types of cultural heritage (visual arts, music and audio-visual sources, historical and cultural data city).