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 20th century. The pilot has a broader…

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

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

Stakeholder Network meet up at the Conservatoire national des arts et métiers in Paris. In the meeting, which will take place on 20 September 2022, the pilots will be illustrated with demos and the Stakeholder Network members are invited to give feedback on the prototypes of tools and technologies.

After the summer break Polifonia organises its first hybrid Stakeholder Network meet up at the Conservatoire…

19 July 2022

Exciting news after months of development: Polifonia is beginning to take shape, as a visual representation of the web portal sees the light of day. Polifonia developed a graphic prototype web portal for music knowledge discovery that targets non-specialist users, curious and passionate users, and domain experts. Let’s take a sneak peek at the first visuals!

Exciting news after months of development: Polifonia is beginning to take shape, as a visual representation…

1 July 2022

We are happy to announce the fourth episode of the Polifonia series of seminars with experts in AI, musicology, and related fields. The Polifonia seminar #4 will take place on June 28 at 6 pm CET. 

We are happy to announce the fourth episode of the Polifonia series of seminars with experts in…

16 June 2022

The outcomes of the first year of the Polifonia project have been collected in one environment. Researchers, musicians, heritage professionals and anyone interested in musical cultural heritage can now use this ecosystem to find relevant datasets, tools and services in one central spot. Let’s find out more. 

The Polifonia Ecosystem is a collection of components for developing intelligent applications leveraging…

30 May 2022

Valentina Presutti, Michel Buffa, Luc Steels, Jean-François Trubert and Enrico Daga are preparing a workshop on musical heritage and knowledge graphs for the International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC).

Valentina Presutti, Michel Buffa, Luc Steels, Jean-François Trubert and Enrico Daga are preparing a…

23 May 2022

We all live in information bubbles – there is complete agreement on that. But is it good or bad? These and other questions will be answered by the guest speakers of “Copernicus Festival 2022: Information”, starting on 17 May in Krakow.

We all live in information bubbles – there is complete agreement on that. But is it good or bad? These…

12 May 2022

We are happy to announce the third episode of the Polifonia series of seminars with experts in AI, musicology, and related fields. The Polifonia seminar #3 will take place on May 3 at 6 pm CET and will include a presentation by Mila Bertolo from McGill University (Montreal). In this third Polifonia seminar we will explore the way infants perceive lullabies and we will take a closer look at the cross-culturally consistent features in childhood melodies.

We are happy to announce the third episode of the Polifonia series of seminars with experts in AI, musicology,…

28 April 2022

With great interest Polifonia watches and takes notes on the Dutch initiative by Podiumkunst.net to unite collections of performing arts in a knowledge graph.

Podiumkunst.net is working towards a digital platform in which the Dutch performing arts heritage comes…

14 April 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