Telemeta: open web audio platform with semantics

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Telemeta is a free and open source web audio archiving software which introduces useful and secure methods to backup, index, transcode, analyse and publish any digitalized audio file with extensive metadata. It is dedicated to collaborative media archiving projects, research laboratories and digital humanities - and especially in ethnomusicological use cases - who wants to easily organize, backup and publish documented sound collections of audio files, CDs, digitalized vinyls and magnetic tapes over a strong database, 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
  • Smart dynamical and skinnable audio player (thanks to TimeSide and SoundManager2)
  • "On the fly" audio analyzing, transcoding and metadata embedding based on an ...
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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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Telemeta 1.4.6 is out!


  • Drastically improve collection zip packaqe streaming thanks to zipstream (check NEW dependencies)
  • Compatible with TimeSide >= 0.5.2
  • Add URL field to item so that a external sound can be indexed and streamed
  • Add TIMESIDE_AUTO_ZOOM in settings to auto toggle the player in zooming mode
  • Add TIMESIDE_DEFAULT_GRAPHER_ID in settings to select the default grapher in the player
  • Add minor migrations
  • Fix marker display bug
  • This is a transitional, minor release because 1.5 will be released soon.


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Import ISO 639-3 languages

From Telemeta 1.4, an ISO 639-3 language model has been implemented.

The ISO language table content can be initialized with the official code set. Here is a import example where telemeta_crem5 is the SQL database:

mysql -u root -p
load data infile '' into table telemeta_crem5.languages CHARACTER SET UTF8 ignore 1 lines (identifier, part2B, part2T, part1, scope, type, name, comment);

If you upgraded Telemeta from a version previous or equal to 1.3, please update the media_items table as follow:

mysql -u root -p
use telemeta_crem5
ALTER TABLE media_items ADD COLUMN 'language_iso_id' integer;
ALTER TABLE 'media_items' ADD CONSTRAINT 'language_iso_id_refs_id_80b221' FOREIGN KEY ('language_iso_id') REFERENCES 'languages' ('id');
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