IRCAM, or the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music, is one of the world's largest public research centers dedicated to both musical expression and scientific research. It is a unique institute where artistic sensibilities collide with scientific and technological innovation. Frank Madlener has directed the institute since 2006, bringing together over 160 people for art creation and research. IRCAM's three principal activities -- creation, research, transmission -- are visible in IRCAM's Parisian concert season, in productions throughout France and abroad.
Founded by Pierre Boulez, IRCAM is associated with the Centre Pompidou, under the tutelage of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. The mixed STMS research lab (Sciences and Technologies for Music and Sound), housed by IRCAM, also benefits from the support of the CNRS and the University Pierre and Marie Curie, as well as Inria (team-project MuTant).