In spring 2017, the song “Smoke on the Water”, performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in the year 2000 by legendary band Deep Purple, was the first audio recording to be written onto DNA in a high-quality, uncompressed format. Now, EPFL’s Cultural Heritage & Innovation Center (CHC) has announced that it has joined a new DNA Data Storage Alliance with Microsoft.
The goal of the initiative is to support efforts to speed up development of this archiving technology. The founding companies, Twist Bioscience Corporation, Illumina, Inc., and Western Digital, join several member organizations including the EPFL CHC, ETH Zurich, and the Claude Nobs Foundation (Montreux Jazz Digital Project).
The founding companies and member organizations involved in the venture will “work together to create a comprehensive industry roadmap that will help the industry achieve interoperability between solutions and help establish the foundations for a cost-effective commercial archival storage ecosystem for the explosive growth of digital data”, Twist Bioscience in a press release on November 13th.
“DNA is an incredible molecule that, by its very nature, provides ultra-high-density storage for thousands of years,” said Emily M. Leproust, Ph.D., CEO and co-founder of Twist Bioscience. “By joining with other technology leaders to develop a common framework for commercial implementation, we drive a shared vision to build this new market solution for digital storage.”
About the Montreux Jazz Digital Project
The EPFL CHC has directed the operational aspects of the Montreux Jazz Digital Project project (inventory, digitization, quality control, indexing, storage, preservation, valorization) since 2010.
This audiovisual heritage represents an innovation platform, a unique database made available to the numerous researchers and laboratories working in fields such as acoustics, audio/video signal processing, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, musicology, sociology or artistic fields, as well as museology, design and architecture when it comes to creating spaces that allow the public to immerse themselves in new experiences of immersive concert reproduction.