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.

Visit the Polifonia Web Portal and discover the soundtrack of our history

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.…

Other outputs

ELD

Entity Linking Dynamics

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MHERCL

Musical Heritage historical named Entities Recognition, Classification and Linking

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DynaKnowledge

A new dynamic benchmark for open-format QA models

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MEETUPS Application

Web application for exploring the contents of MEETUPS’ knowledge graph.

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Patterns UI

Patterns UI, a tool for exploring a Knowledge Graph of tunes and patterns.

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BELLS

Bells’ Ontology

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Data Wanderings

Data Wanderings is an audiovisual installation created as part of Polifonia, a research project funded by the Europe Horizon 2020 program.

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Polifonia Portal

The Polifonia Web portal is the main entry point into the extensive musical heritage produced by Polifonia. It is targeted to enthusiasts, scholars, musicians, and educators, and facilitates exploration of a varied spectrum of musical Linked Data.

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Pitchcontext

A Python Module for Melodic Analysis using Weighted Pitch Context Vectors.

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ORGANS Knowledge Graph

The ORGANS Knowledge Graph

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MOZ

Muziekopnamen Zendgemachtigden (Dutch Broadcast Concert Collection)

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MELODY

Make me a Linked Open Data story

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Polifonia Knowledge Extractor

The Polifonia Knowledge Extractor is software that allows the extraction of knowledge from text.

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MusicBO Knowledge Graph

The Knowledge Graph about the role of Bologna in the European musical landscape.

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Harmory Knowledge Graph

The Harmonic Memory Knowledge Graph

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Roman Chord APIs

APIs for the Roman Chord Knowledge Ontology

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Music Meta ontology

An ontology to describe music metadata

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Annotation of the Polifonia Corpus

Data, annotation and interrogation of the Polifonia Corpus.

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Polifonia Lexicon

A multilingual lexicon about music.

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MEETUPS Ontology

The MEETUPS Ontology module for MEETUPS PILOT

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MEETUPS Knowledge Graph

The MEETUPS knowledge graph

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FACETS

A search-engine to explore collections of scores.

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BELLS

Explore italian cultural soundscapes through the historical bells heritage

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Frequently Occurring Patterns

FoNN is a software component implementing similarity measures for melodies based on n-gram models.

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Patterns Knowledge Graph

Targeting the goals of Polifonia WP3 package, P2KG JAMS Pipeline creates the knowledge graph of the patterns generate by FoNN.

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FoNN: FOlk N-gram aNalysis

Targeting the goals of Polifonia WP3, FoNN contains tools to extract feature sequence data, extract musical patterns, and detect similarity within a symbolic music corpus.

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SPARQL Anything

SPARQL Anything is a system for Semantic Web re-engineering that allows users to … query anything with SPARQL

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Tonalities

An Online Collaborative Annotation Interface for Music Analysis.

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Polifonia Corpus

Online text analysis tool for linguistic interrogation of Polifonia’s multilingual diachronic corpus.

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musoW

The catalogue of music data on the web

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CLEF

A Linked Open Data native system for Crowdsourcing

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LHARP

Local Harmonic Agreement based on Recurrent Patterns

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Recent News

After four years of development work, the Polifonia project team is excited to present the results. The consortium, consisting of 10 partners from Italy, the Netherlands, France, England and Ireland launches the music discoverability platform ‘Polifonia Web Portal’. In addition, the researchers and developers have also unlocked and linked other music data, developed tools and software that will help musicologists take steps forward in their research on European musical heritage.

After four years of development work, the Polifonia project team is excited to present the results.…

8 May 2024

Are you the type of musician that is inspired by old sounds, such as cheerful Irish folk melodies, the majestic resonance of pipe organ concerts, and the timeless chimes echoing from century-old Italian bell towers? Then ‘Polifonia Song Contest’ is your challenge!

Are you the type of musician that is inspired by old sounds, such as cheerful Irish folk melodies, the…

8 April 2024

TONALITIES, IReMus’ pilot for musical heritage data project Polifonia, develops tools for the modal-tonal identification, exploration and classification of monophonic and polyphonic notated music from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Now, the tools are available for use within the TONALITIES Interface for music analysis. Additionally, a patent was recently acquired for this collaborative interface by the IReMus lab.

TONALITIES, IReMus’ pilot for musical heritage data project Polifonia, develops tools for the modal-tonal…

29 May 2024

From April 8 to May 6 Polifonia organised their own version of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Polifonia Song Contest: musicians of all levels were challenged to create the ‘soundtrack of our history’ by using samples from the rich collections in the Polifonia project. Today we can announce the winning song.

From April 8 to May 6 Polifonia organised their own version of the Eurovision Song Contest, the Polifonia…

13 May 2024

The Polifonia project formally ended on April 30, which means that the tools and software developed within this 4-year-project are released and ready for use. Today we look at ‘Patterns UI’.

The Polifonia project formally ended on April 30, which means that the tools and software developed…

3 May 2024

Polifonia Song Contest is two weeks in, and will continue for another two weeks. Have you downloaded the sample pack yet?

With two weeks to go until the deadline, the “Polifonia Song Contest” beckons all musicians who find…

22 April 2024

The consortium is preparing for the last face-to-face consortium meeting of the Polifonia project in April 2024.

The consortium is preparing for the last face-to-face consortium meeting of the Polifonia project in…

4 April 2024

Polifonia is known for its strong links with academia and is pleased to present some highlights in its involvement in research and associated conferences.

Polifonia is known for its strong links with academia and is pleased to present some highlights in its…

29 February 2024

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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