Polifonia Challenge

Polifonia Song Contest

RE:VIVE is happy to support the Polifonia project and their newly launched Polifonia Song Contest. Polifonia (2021-2024) is a European project that aims to increase the discoverability of European musical heritage by developing tools and making datasets available.

Are you the type of musician that is inspired by old sounds, such as cheerful Irish folk melodies, the majestic resonance of pipe organ concerts, and the timeless chimes echoing from century-old Italian bell towers? Then ‘Polifonia Song Contest’ is your challenge!

While Europe is currently captivated by the Eurovision Song Contest, we challenge you to go one step further and actively engage with our shared European musical heritage. The musical heritage project Polifonia presents a Sample+MIDI pack encouraging you to create the ultimate ‘soundtrack of our history’. 

Starting April 8 and closing on May 6, we challenge you to create a track between 2.5 and 5 minutes that contains 2 or more of these sample/MIDI files. A jury with a professional as well as amateur background in music will judge the songs before May 11. 

Are you ready to hit that “douze point” and win €500? You can download the sample pack here and submit your track here before May 6. 

Rules and Terms & Conditions for the contest

More info

Background story sample pack
This curated set of samples offers a diverse exploration of traditional music from various European backgrounds. It includes MIDI files featuring traditional Irish folk tunes from the Ceol Rince na hÉireann collection collected by Breandán Breathnach, reflecting the vibrant dance rhythms and instrumental richness of Irish culture. Additionally, the pack offers recordings of traditional bells from churches in Italy’s Liguria region, showcasing the enduring craftsmanship and resonance of bell casting. Lastly, the selection includes samples of pipe organ performances from the Muziekopnamen Zendgemachtigden (MOZ) collection, capturing classical music concerts broadcasted on Dutch public TV and Radio stations from the 1950s, highlighting the enduring prominence of the organ in classical repertoire.


The contest follows the Eurovision jury-only voting system: the song that manages to receive the most 12 points has a chance to win. The jury panel consists of:

Valentina Presutti computer scientist & coordinator Polifonia

Antònia Folguera digital arts and culture festival curator (Sónar, Eufònic) & Polifonia advisory board member

Gregory Markus founder RE:VIVE, studio manager & musician

James McDermott music technology researcher (e.g.Polifonia) & musician (piano, guitar, vocals, songwriting)

Emily Peppers musicologist & musician (classical, rock, folk, electric violin)

Rosario Arquero-Avilés university teacher, researcher (.e.g IDEA Lab research group) & musician (flute)

Rodolfo Delmonte computational linguistic expert & musician (guitar)

Daniel Antal music data scientist

Miles Niemeijer historian & music advisor at Podiumkunst.net/Nederlands Jazz Archief 

Roosmarijn de Groot open data specialist & musician (guitar & ukulele)

Vasiliki Sirakouli music anthropologist 

Marloes Bontje music historian 

Polifonia is a project funded by the EU’s Horizon 2020 program, running from January 2021 to April 2024, to recreate the connections between music, people, places and events from the sixteenth century to the present. This data will be available to everyone as an interconnected database on the Web – a knowledge graph – and will enhance our understanding of Europe’s musical heritage. In addition, using AI and music information retrieval (MIR) techniques, the pilots are also building tools for professionals to help analyze large sets of music data.