Photo report: Polifonia researchers presented progress to Dutch heritage professionals

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.

7 December 2022

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 The Hague, project leader Valentina Presutti gave a key note speech about Polifonia to Dutch performing arts and heritage professionals. Invited by one of Polifonia’s stakeholders, Podiumkunst.net, Presutti offered a varied overview of the activities and results achieved so far within the overarching European music project, such as the Chord Annotation Corpus (ChoCo) and Polifonia’s first data story.  

In addition to inspiring Dutch heritage professionals about what you can do with music data, this Podiumkunst.net networking event was also a great opportunity to meet with new stakeholders, such as Digital Music Observatory, and to catch up with Polifonia’s consortium partner Netherlands Institute for Sound & Vision.

ORGANS and TUNES pilot leader Peter van Kranenburg from KNAW also got in on the action that same week, seeking the spotlight for Polifonia during another cultural heritage event in Utrecht. At CLARIAH & NDE Annual Conference the pilot leader introduced the visitors to the source material of both pilots and the challenging road to knowledge graph building. Visitors could play on the piano roll, learn about tune similarities and flip through the to-be-digitized organ encyclopedias.

Peter van Kranenburg explained the importance of the pilots to the cultural heritage experts present. On ORGANS, the pilot leader states: “Such an online graphical knowledge base will be very valuable for music historians, but also for organ builders and organ consultants involved in restoration, maintenance or reconstruction projects.”  During the day’s wrap-up, CLARIAH’s coordinator Dirk van Miert flagged the TUNES pilot and how folk tunes’ melodies recur in many European countries’ musical traditions as something that stuck out to him from the day.

Photo credit: podiumkunst.net & CLARIAH

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