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Claude Nobs to Open His Vaults Digitally?

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Found this article today...hmmm...could be interesting?

Jazz Montreux Festival plans 1.2PB archive for 40 years of music

http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=E1721D8B-1A64-67EA-E45599441BCFB276

"Forty years worth of performances at Europe's most prestigious jazz festival will soon be stored in a digital archive that will be shared through with students and in cafs around the world.

The EPFL, a Swiss technology institute, has partnered with Jazz Montreux Festival to built a clustered storage array that, when completed, will have 1.2 petabytes of capacity.

The object-based online archive will keep 10,000-plus hours of recordings on disk drives from previous years' shows. They include performances by Weather Report, The Fourth Way, Nina Simone, Jan Garbarek, and Ella Fitzgerald and even Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

Sting at the Jazz Montreux Festival festival. (Image: Jazz Montreux Festival)

Alexandre Delidais, director of operations and development at the EPFL, said his organization is building the video archive on an AmpliStor array from Belgium-based Amplidata. The storage array was chosen because of its high reliability and sufficient streaming throughput for content of all encoding qualities.

Today, the digital archive is only 100TB in size. But as it continues to grow, it will eventually allow people to enjoy 40 years of performances that were filmed or videotaped. The past 20 years of shows were captured in high-definition video.

First, FTPL takes the film and video and transposes it onto a file system with about 40TB of capacity and performs quality control checks to ensure the integrity of the footage. Then content is backed up to LTO magnetic tape cartridges that reside on a Hewlett-Packard tape drive carousel. The tapes will later be used as an archive to ensure the performance footage is never lost. The video is then compressed at a 2:1 ratio and streamed over a 10Gbps LAN to the AmpliStor array, were the accessible footage resides.

The typical size of an HD video is 500GB for each hour of a recording.

The smallest AmpliStor system consists of eight storage nodes, each with 10 hard disk drives, behind three controllers. The controllers, each of which has two 10Gbps Ethernet ports, use Intel Atom processors. That helps keep the cost of the system low, according to Tom Leyden, director of alliances and marketing at Amplidata.

The object-based file server uses an unusual RAID scheme where up to four disks can fail and data will not be lost. Amplidata's "BitSpread" algorithm splits an object up into many parts and stripes them across multiple disks and storage nodes.

Because it uses low-power Atom processors, the array also only uses 3.5 watts of power per active terabyte of data, Leyden said.

BB King at the Jazz Montreux Festival festival. (Image: Jazz Montreux Festival)

The Jazz Montreux Festival was co-founded by Claude Nobs and first held in 1967 at Montreux Casino in Montreux, Switzerland. Nobs gained unexpected notoriety when on Dec. 4, 1971, the band "Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention" held a concert in the Casino's theater. During the show, the casino caught fire, and Nobs repeatedly reentered the burning building to help members of the audience get out. Deep Purple later recorded the song, Smoke on the Water, describing the event and referring to Nobs as "Funky Claude."

The video content will primarily be available for some 8,000 students in 350 labs at the university in Lausanne, Switzerland. But Nobs also made sure the performances would be available for profitable purposes.

The EPFL and the Jazz Montreux Festival plan to show the video footage on screens in cafs throughout the world. Today, a few of the cafs are already open in major cities such as London, Sydney, and Paris; New York is next on the list.

Because the Amplidata storage system is modular, meaning it can grow CPU capacity and storage capacity separately, one large system will be installed at the FTPL and smaller 1U systems can be installed at the cafs, Delidais said. That means servers and drives don't have to be moved to the various locations and alleviates the need to stream data over a WAN.

Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at @lucasmearian or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed . His e-mail address is lmearian@computerworld.com .

Read more about storage in Computerworld's Storage Topic Center."

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I'm thinking this has to be one the best treasure troves of music ever. The article mentions Zeppelin, when did Zeppelin play there?

Edited by boogie woogie

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I'm thinking this has to be one the best treasure troves of music ever. The article mentions Zeppelin, when did Zeppelin play there?

14 March 1970

setlist:

We're Gonna Groove

I Can´t Quit You Babe

Dazed And Confused

Heartbreaker

White Summer/ Black Mountain Side

Since I've Been Loving You

Organ Solo/Thank You

What Is And What Should Never Be

Moby Dick

How Many More Times

Whole Lotta Love

Edited by reswati

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Could be quite interesting. We'll see what really happens with this and what is actually released.

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14 March 1970

setlist:

We're Gonna Groove

I Can´t Quit You Babe

Dazed And Confused

Heartbreaker

White Summer/ Black Mountain Side

Since I've Been Loving You

Organ Solo/Thank You

What Is And What Should Never Be

Moby Dick

How Many More Times

Whole Lotta Love

thanks,

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Thats some real good news, should be some real gem performances in those archives. See what happens. Northstar.

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I'm thinking this has to be one the best treasure troves of music ever. The article mentions Zeppelin, when did Zeppelin play there?

March 7th, 1970 - Casino

Aug 7th & 8th, 1971 - Casino

Oct 28th & 29th, 1972 - Pavillion

This is one tantalizing tease here, I tell ya what...(Will my April Fools stunt of two years ago actually come true? A film of Montreux?)

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"The typical size of an HD video is 500GB for each hour of a recording."

The most stupidest thing I have ever heard

It's perfectly accurate, for uncompressed 10 bit HD video.

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I would doubt that the Zeppelin concerts would see the light of day, even if the archives were made available. It'd be similar to Bill Graham's archive ("Wolfgang's Vault"). There were Zeppelin shows on there, and I believe Jimmy and other artists like the Who took the dude to court to stop their concerts from being on there. No Zeppelin shows are going to be made officially available that aren't controlled by Jimmy and the band.

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I would doubt that the Zeppelin concerts would see the light of day, even if the archives were made available. It'd be similar to Bill Graham's archive ("Wolfgang's Vault"). There were Zeppelin shows on there, and I believe Jimmy and other artists like the Who took the dude to court to stop their concerts from being on there. No Zeppelin shows are going to be made officially available that aren't controlled by Jimmy and the band.

And this is the one, that I hope Jimmy, Jonesy and Plant will authorize as a new live Zep release: the 72 Montreux shows! They played the two October dates, both have long been allegedly professionally recorded, so like all live releases where Jimmy has multiple shows to pick from, he could pick the best version of each song played from each night.

The set list is very appealing as well, as both shows are the hybrid between the US '72 summer tour set list and the '73 US Tour set list. The set list for both nights are exactly the same as well (perhaps the Medley in WLL is different each night):

Rock n Roll

Black Dog

Over the Hills

Misty Mountain

Since I've Been

Dancing Days

BronY Aur Stomp

The Song Remains

The Rain Song

Dazed

Stairway

Whole Lotta Love (plus Medley)

Encore:

Heartbreaker

I hope Zep does release the '72 Montreux shows!

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I'd be thrilled to see when John Paul Jones joined Etta James (July 11, 1975) & Marie Muldahr (July 20, 1975). C'mon, Claude!

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Looking for a little more clarifications...another 2010 aticle about the archives from Montreux website... and samle video for other bands

The article that stared this post says there are plans to open cafs (I guess this means cafés) in major cities. To screen the video footage... will the cafés also be for live music? When the article says the footage will also be available for profitable purposes I'm assuming they mean DVDs, downloads, etc. right . I know Montreux Jazz Fest has already released dvds.From what I can to have these concerts are from the 80s and 90s?

Here's another article from the Montreux webpage from 2010.

More than 5,000 hours of video footage of the Montreux Jazz Festival, and artists such as Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Phil Collins and David Bowie will be saved and immortalised by the launch of the Montreux Sounds Digital Project. The Audemars Piguet watchmaking Manufacture, Montreux Sounds SA, the company that manages the festival’s audiovisual archives, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) are uniting their efforts to transform this unique heritage into a top-class digital resource for future generations. Today hosting more than 220,000 spectators per year, the Montreux Jazz Festival has recorded the concerts behind its success since its beginning in 1967. In collaboration with the TSR (the public television channel for Frenchspeaking Switzerland), the Festival filmed the early years in the most varied number of traditional TV formats imaginable.

+++++(which for me raises the question were only the early shows that were acutally filmed the ones that were broadcast? maybe not)++++

Following this, and often ahead of the latest in technological developments, the Festival has recorded in High Definition since 1991, even going so far as to experiment with 3D in 2010. The physical decay and technological obsolescence of the audiovisual methods used, none of which have had any backups, have posed a problem for the long-term management of these memories for quite some time. The sheer number of documents (5,000 hours of taping of 4,000 groups and artists), the diversity of musical trends, and the fact that no other music festival in the world has accumulated such a heritage, makes these archives a unique treasure and doubtless one of the greatest musical records of the past 40 years. Coupled with this is the exceptional nature and historic value of certain documents. These include one of the last concerts of Miles Davis in 1991, Marvin Gaye’s performance in 1980, Ray Charles first concert with Chaka Khan and George Benson, or Ella Fitzgerald in 1969, as well as the exceptional shows produced by Quincy Jones. For Claude Nobs, creator and iconic figure of the Montreux Jazz Festival, “Saving this heritage reinforced nearly 50 years of passion for music and the incredible musicians that I have worked with, many of whom have sadly passed on, but who have left an exceptional audiovisual legacy”. Save, immortalise and perpetuate The “Montreux Sounds Digital Project” fulfils several musicological and technological ambitions: - Categorise, digitalise and index the content of 5000 hours of video and the same amount of audio - Manage the storage, security and protection of the digitalised documents as well as access to them - Promote the exceptional wealth of this musical heritage by using the latest in research techniques provided by the EPFL in the realm of computers and audiovisual - Ensure that these documents are preserved as best possible for future generations. This vast documentary and scientific work in progress will open its doors in 2011, offering access to these digital archives to researchers, students, musicians and professionals on the EPFL campus. This new opportunity is likely to open up whole new avenues of research and training in musicology as well as research in sound and video. Access to the public will be gradual, but documents will be available for viewing through the Montreux Jazz Café (already open in Geneva and Sydney). The EPFL will benefit from this rich heritage as a basis for launching its MetaMedia Center, a hub for competencies in the enhancement and development of media research. For Audemars Piguet, the Montreux Sounds Digital Project is in perfect harmony with the values of tradition, excellence and audacity that the watchmaking Manufacture has promoted since its creation in 1875. “We are especially proud to support this great cultural adventure, and to participate in the writing of a new page in the history of music, which will leave a remarkable audiovisual record for future generations” explains Philippe Merck, CEO, Audemars Piguet. The digitalisation of this masterful work, which requires the best in innovative techniques and the most recent in R&D developments, has managed to conserve its DNA and the authenticity of exceptional moments.

This enormous digitalisation programme has become a reality thanks to Claude Nobs and his passion for this invaluable musical heritage, and to Patrick Aebischer and the expertise of his engineers who have managed to develop appropriate technological and scientific solutions to magnify the concerts of these eternal artists. According to Quincy Jones, an ambassador of the project since its beginnings, as well as a faithful festival follower and longstanding friend of the Manufacture Audemars Piguet: “This is the most important legacy in the history of music, ranging from jazz to blues through gospel, rock, Latin, Brazilian, African or folk music, to name but a few.” Facts and figures (Montreux Jazz Festival Archives): - 44 festivals since 1967 - More than 5 million spectators since 1967 - 20,000 musicians have performed and been filmed at Montreux - 5,000 hours of video of which 1,000 in High Definition - 5,000 hours of multi-track audio Representing: - 10,000 magnetic storage media - 60 tons of material - 600 metres of shelving - Recording in HDTV (high definition) since 1991, recording of certain concerts in 3D in 2010

Some of the great names that have played at Montreux (amongst many others): Count Basie, George Benson, Chuck Berry, Black Eyed Peas, Art Blakey, James Blunt, David Bowie, James Brown, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Chemical Brothers, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Cliff, George Clinton, Joe Cocker, Leonard Cohen, Phil Collins, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Deep Purple, Fats Domino, Faithless, Ella Fitzgerald, Roberta Flack, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Gilberto Gil, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, Jamiroquai, Norah Jones, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys, B.B. King, Korn, Diana Krall, Lenny Kravitz, Miriam Makeba, Wynton Marsalis, Massive Attack, Les McCann, The Modern Jazz Quartet, Gary Moore, Van Morrison, Muse, Youssou N’Dour, Oscar Peterson, Astor Piazzolla, The Pretenders, Prince, Radiohead, Lou Reed, Elis Regina, R.E.M., Lionel Richie, Carlos Santana, Seal, Paul Simon, Nina Simone, Ringo Starr, Sting, James Taylor, Sarah Vaughan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Caetano Veloso, Muddy Waters, Yes, Neil Young, ZZ Top

i also learned since the original casino burned down in 'December 71 (during a Frank Zappa concert-immortalized by Deep Purple's song Smoke on the water) anything recorded after that would have been in a different venue.

Some samples of Montreux video footage ...probalby different venues

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=us07Vj6wPMw

Edited by boogie woogie

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I once met a guy who had seen the Zepp at Montreux in 1971 and told me the whole show was filmed and probably kept in Claude Nobs' vaults.

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