The ArtLab building, hosting three spaces dedicated to dialogue between the sciences and the arts, celebrated its grand opening on this Thursday 3 November on the campus of Lausanne’s EPFL. On the north and in the center, two exhibition spaces; at the southern tip, the Montreux Jazz Café at EPFL. With the entirety of the Festival archives now digitalized, this technological flagship makes it possible to valorize the archives via different tools, with a coherent mission combining conservation and anticipation.
MONTREUX JAZZ CAFE AT EPFL
In comfort, the visitor to the Montreux Jazz Café at EPFL can flip through favorite Festival moments on a digital tablet, while taking advantage of one of the SounDDots, private listening zones featuring innovative loudspeaker arrangements. Two booths make it possible to examine recordings in greater detail, and to make contributions to the archive's metadata. This 8th Montreux Jazz Café is operated by Holy Cow!, a Co-Partner of the Festival. It boasts more than 70 seats indoors, as well as a terrace. The menu proposes a cuisine based on local products that is resolutely international, with offerings including burgers, haloumi, hummus, and red lentils. With a wide choice of vegetarian dishes, the menu also features bowls that showcase fresh produce at affordable prices. The Café is open every day from 9am to 9pm.
MONTREUX JAZZ HERITAGE LAB II
In a space adjoining the café at the southern tip of the ArtLab building, the Montreux Jazz Heritage Lab II allows 25 people to completely immerse themselves in Montreux concerts. It was developed by the EPFL+ECAL Lab, with an enlarged team of 15, over two years in close collaboration with ALICE (Atelier de la Conception de l’Espace). The first, smaller version of the project won a Swiss Design Award in 2013.
Sound is emitted in 3D from 32 loudspeakers in the room, and the installation is capable of reproducing virtually the acoustics of the concert halls in Montreux, and even those of the old Casino de Montreux. The futuristic projection screen also contributes greatly to the immersive effect. The navigation interface was the result of a dedicated research project, and makes it possible to conduct searches through thousands of songs with similar aesthetics to a given musical sample.