Telemeta : collaborative media asset management system for musicology

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Telemeta is a free and open source collaborative multimedia asset management system (MAM) which introduces fast and secure methods to archive, backup, transcode, analyse, annotate and publish any digitalized video or audio file with extensive metadata. It is dedicated to collaborative media archiving projects, research laboratories and digital humanities - especially in ethno-musicological use cases - who need to easily organize and publish documented sound collections of audio files, CDs, digitalized vinyls and magnetic tapes over a strong database, through a smart and secure platform, in accordance with open web standards.

Key features:

  • Secure archiving, editing and publishing of audio files over internet.
  • Pure HTML web user interface including dynamical forms and smart workflows
  • "On the fly" audio analyzing and transcoding thanks to TimeSide
  • Smart dynamical and skinnable …
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Telemeta 1.7 has been released!

After months of hard development, I am very pleased to release Telemeta 1.7! It includes many transparent changes, mainly upgrading a lot of dependencies, especially those brought by the audio engine TimeSide which has also been released in its new version.

  • Based on TimeSide 0.9
  • Use Django 1.8
  • Rename some directories
  • Better video streaming
  • Better logging

More details:


git pull origin master
git submodule update --init --remote
docker-compose run app /srv/app/bin/


scripts/ and app/scripts/ directories has been renamed bin/ and app/bin/ respectively. So please adapt your management and maintenance personal scripts.


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Telemeta 1.6.4 is out!


  • Minor bug fixes and improvments
  • Fix HTML5 audio compatibility (#173) for the web audio player. The SoundManager Flash player fallback should not be used in most modern web browser. Media files are now serves through Nginx (#155) which enables to stream music with byte range requests.
  • Add a User permission "can_run_analysis" to specify that a user or a group of users has the right to list and select advanced Timeside analysis to be displayed in the Timeside web audio player.
  • Temporarily remove Timeside server from INSTALLED_APPS until the development of this application is more advanced and is really used by Telemeta.
  • Add enumeration management and statitics
  • Improved media security allowing streaming through Nginx only from the application
  • Add TimeSide as a submodule
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Archives of the French Research Centre of Ethnomusicology (CREM)

The audio archives of the CNRS – Musée de l’Homme gather commercial and unpublished recordings of music and oral traditions from around the world, from 1900 to the present. Consisting of diverse types of media (wax cylinders, 78 rpm, vinyl records, magnetic tapes, audio CDs, born digital records), these archives are among the most important in Europe in terms of quality, quantity and diversity.


Managed by the Center for Research in Ethnomusicology (CREM), these archives index:

  • Over 42,000 unpublished sound documents, among which 32.000 are available for listening, spread though more that 1,000 collections, representing about 4,000 hours of recordings of unpublished fieldworks.
  • Over 13,000 published materials, among which 4,600 are available for listening, in more …
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Telemeta 1.6 is finally out!

Telemeta is now usable on any OS, ready for development and for production in 5 mn! B-)

  • Provide a docker image and composition for the full Telemeta application bundle. One month after the publication of docker-compose around march 2015, we had managed to build a prototyped composition which bundled all the dependencies of Telemeta and TimeSide. It took almost one year to deeply investigate all the capabilities of Docker and various images to finally release a propoer composition which bundles all the necessary applications and modules.
  • Full refactoring of the search engine and interface using django-haystack and ElasticSearch with new faceting and smart filtering features
  • Add an automatic EPUB3 ebook exporter for corpus and collections embedding metadata, image and audio materials.
  • More inline forms and functional buttons …
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Telemeta at the 21st Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Historical Sources of Traditional Music

Telemeta and the DIADEMS team participate to the 21st Symposium of the ICTM Study Group on Historical Sources of Traditional Music (ICTM) will take place on 9-13 March 2016 in Paris, France, by invitation of Susanne Fürniss, MNHN. The conference site is the Musée de l’Homme, and the Meeting is hosted by the Musée National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN).


  1. Evaluation of historical sound recordings
  2. The study of history through oral and written sources on music
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Telemeta at the IASA 46th Annual Conference

Meet Guillaume Pellerin, Thomas Fillon and Joséphine Simonnot the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) 46th Annual Conference from Sunday 27 September - Thursday 1 October 2015 at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris.

We will present: "New ways to index and share sounds on line" on sunday afternoon.

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Telemeta at the 5th Folk Music Analysis international workshop

Telemeta, Parisson and the DIADEMS team participate to the 5th Folk Music Analysis international workshop (FMA) at the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris from the 10th to the 12th june 2015.

The FMA workshop is intended for exchanging information that advances our understanding of oral tradition music and their importance in cultural events. The goal is to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to solve technical problems related to the study of ethnomusicology, especially the use of relevant sensors to get audio-video recordings from in-situ observations, the development of new theoretical approaches to analyze these recordings and the proposition of tools to be used for musical studies.

Guillaume Pellerin and Thomas Fillon present: Web analysis tools for ethnomusicology.

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Telemeta has been dockerized!

Only 1 month after the publication of the docker-compose tools by Docker and after 1 month more of hard development and test by the Parisson team, we are very pleased to launch the docker based distribution of Telemeta which should make it compatible with ANY platform.

To test, use, develop or even deploy your own Telemeta based project, please use our DevBox.

For more infos about our docker images, please check the Parisson registry

NB: we need so more tweaks and tests on OSX, please ping us if you need to try the DevBox on this platform.

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Telemeta 1.5 is out!

After months of hard work we are pleased to release a big update to Telemeta communities. It represents a huge milestone that makes Telemeta now compatible with more modern web technologies.


  • Django 1.6.x compatibility
  • TimeSide 0.7.x compatibility
  • Huge refactoring of all forms, detail and edit views based on class based views
  • Main styles (buttons, tabs) are now based Bootstrap 3 and JQuery 2.1
  • Update of models and views as needed by the CREM
  • WARNING! Be careful to the new dependencies before updating


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