Welcome to Polifonia

Playing the soundtrack of our history

From the soundscape of Italian historical bells, to the influence of French operas on traditional Dutch music, European cultural heritage hides a goldmine of unknown encounters, influences and practices that can transport us to experience the past, understand the music we love, and imagine the soundtrack of our future. Polifonia will organise this journey by using ten pilot use cases as drivers, addressing preservation, management, study, and interaction with musical heritage.


Polifonia makes this happen by building novel ways of inspecting, representing, and interacting with digital content.


Memory institutions, scholars, and citizens will be able to navigate, explore, and discover multiple perspectives and stories about European Musical Heritage.

Project Timeline

Jan. 2024 – Polifonia ecosystem maturity level 3 (citizens)

Final release of Polifonia software packages and documentation. Project products are ready for reuse by developers and scholars and for supporting promotion to the wider public.

Mar. 2023 – Polifonia ecosystem maturity level 2 (scholars)

Second release of Polifonia software packages and documentation. Polifonia digital artistic installation released. Project products are ready for reuse by developers and scholars.

May 2024 – Project end

Apr. 2022 – Polifonia ecosystem maturity level 1 (devs)

First release of Polifonia software packages and documentation. Project products are ready for reuse by developers. Stakeholder network created.

Jun. 2021 – Project iterative live cycle kicked-off

Call for stakeholder network is out. Pilots started. Ecosystem publishing infrastructure configured and ready to use.

Jan. 21st, 2021 – Project Kick-off

Polifonia is a 3M€ project funded by the EU Horizon 2020 Programme. It will run until April 2024.

Pilots

The history of pipe organs is rich and diverse, and highly interrelated to economic, religious and artistic contexts. Currently, the information about building practices and characteristics of ~2000 Dutch…

Bell structures are widespread both in urban and rural areas. They contribute to the distinctive shape of a landscape, defining its soundscape and playing as markers of daily, festive and ritual times.…

In order to answer research questions, musical heritage scholars need to combine diverse datasets ranging from music scores, audiovisual material to metadata. They need to identify similar entities…

Music libraries currently lacks well-founded information retrieval tools. While it is relatively easy to find music based on metadata, content-based music retrieval still remains as a challenge. The Facets…

Tonalities is developing tools for the modal-tonal identification, exploration, and classification of monophonic and polyphonic notated music from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. This pilot has…

The digital music collection of the Meertens Instituut (Amsterdam) includes thousands of melodies from Dutch popular culture, spanning a period of more than five centuries. To trace possible international…

In 2006 Bologna was declared by Unesco “City of Music”. Despite this, the extraordinary musical heritage of this city is kept in cultural institutions and archives, studied by a few specialized scholars…

This pilot will build a knowledge graph of the historical experience of music in childhood, using life writing (letters, diaries, memoirs, travel writing) and other historical texts as sources for adult…

This pilot focuses on supporting music historians and teachers by providing a Web tool that enables the exploration and visualisation of encounters between people in the musical world in Europe from c.1800…

Pilot summary  The ACCESS Pilot will develop new ways to enhance participation and engagement in music:  for the general public; for those with hearing impairments; and for those with physical disabilities.…

Recent News

The hybrid stakeholder workshop of 20th September was a success: Polifonia met with nearly all of its 30 stakeholders and found new collaborations over the work packages and pilots. The remainder of the week was dedicated to Polifonia’s 5th plenary project meeting including an advisory board meeting and a hackathon to further explore the possibilities of the project.

The hybrid stakeholder workshop of 20th September was a success: Polifonia met with nearly all of its…

29 September 2022

Meet the passionate Polifonia experts! Polifonia launches its own YouTube channel with a series of interviews with its brilliant team

Happy Monday! Polifonia is excited to announce the launch of its project YouTube channel. We are kicking…

24 January 2022
snapshot of Valentina Presutti presenting the Polifonia Knowledge Graph at Sonar

With its newly created demos, Polifonia showcased fascinating facets of discovering music similarity and music recommendations

On 28 October, Valentina Presutti presented the Polifonia demo and research at the new AI & Music…

2 November 2021

In November Polifonia reached out to a Dutch audience. Polifonia looks back fondly on the progress presented to these Dutch heritage professionals. Find the visual report here.

In November Polifonia reached out to a Dutch audience. Polifonia looks back fondly on the progress presented…

7 December 2022

Polifonia’s team from Bologna is gearing up for 21st International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AIxIA 2022), where Nicolas Lazzari, Andrea Poltronieri and Valentina Presutti are presenting a novel music segmentation method called Pitchclass2vec.

Polifonia’s team from Bologna is gearing up for 21st International Conference of the Italian Association…

28 November 2022

Annual Conference focuses on the CLARIAH digital humanities infrastructure and its use by researchers and other professionals from the heritage field. This free program offers lectures, debates, interactive presentations, workshops and poster sessions and dives into topics like AI, social media, linked data & data stories. 

This year’s CLARIAH Annual Conference focuses on the CLARIAH digital humanities infrastructure and its…

21 November 2022

From Beethoven to Metallica, from Pinkpop to the Big Sing, from the beginning of the 20th century through to last week.

From Beethoven to Metallica, from Pinkpop to the Big Sing, from the beginning of the 20th century through…

16 November 2022

Relying on the results of WP2 -ontology-based knowledge graphs- the overall goal of WP3 is to devise approaches to analysing large repositories of music (tunes, songs, etc.) to identify common, meaningful patterns that are indicative of their identity, filiation or cultural association (genres, origin, etc). Work package leader James McDermott explains the ‘Mining Musical Patterns’ work of WP3 in our latest video on YouTube. 

Relying on the results of WP2 -ontology-based knowledge graphs- the overall goal of WP3 is to devise…

9 November 2022

As part of the dissemination of the project results, Polifonia’s consortium partners have the ambition to regularly present their work at symposia and academic meetings, thereby informing semantic, AI, data science, linguistic and humanities researchers of their findings with Polifonia data.

As part of the dissemination of the project results, Polifonia’s consortium partners have the ambition…

31 October 2022

Work package 2 develops ontology-based knowledge graphs for representing music collections (symbolic notation/scores, code-based musical assets, annotated audio/transcriptions, metadata) and its historical, cultural, and social context. Watch work package leader Albert Meroño Peñuela explain the role of WP2 within Polifonia in our newest YouTube video.

Work package 2 develops ontology-based knowledge graphs for representing music collections (symbolic…

17 October 2022

Are you in the Netherlands in November? Then join the free celebration of Podiumkunst.net’s two-year anniversary and catch Polifonia’s Valentina Presutti during her keynote speech!

Are you in the Netherlands in November? Then join the free celebration of Podiumkunst.net’s two-year…

14 October 2022

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N. 101004746