When the Music is Good

When the Music is Good

The Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the most famous music festivals in the world. Starting with Jazz, it has progressively expanded to other genres of music and as always attracted world-class performers such as Queen, BB King, Prince, or Santana. This network shows with whom musicians of the festival play with, revealing two different categories of artists. At the border of the ring, we have the artists who only perform with their band, forming many disconnected communities. On the opposite, those who jam with everyone, the stars of the festival, are well-connected and are naturally located in the center of the ring. One of the brightest stars was George Duke, the champion of appearances at the festival with 53 concerts. In the center in orange, he faces the legendary guitarist Santana in purple.







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Thanks to the Metamedia @ EPFL fordigitalizing the Montreux Jazzarchive.

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Visualizing the evolution of music genres

Evolution of genres in the Montreux Jazz Festival

Last year we organize a little contest of data-science visualizations on the Montreux Jazz archive in my lab. The results were kept in the closet for a long time and I thought it would be interesting to share them with a broader audience. Here we will focus on the evolution of musical genres throughout the years in the Montreux Jazz Festival.

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Map of artists at Montreux Festival

Montreux Jazz Festival artists map

In this post, we will focus on the generation of a pretty nice map of the artists of the Montreux Jazz Festival linked by their musical similarity.

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Concert Montreux Jazz Festival

Hello Montreux Jazz Festival

This post is the first of a (long?) series on the Montreux Jazz Festival (MJF), a very famous music festival held every year in Montreux, Switzerland. I am one of the happy few who has privileged access to the archive, currently digitalized by the Metamedia here at EPFL.

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