IRCAM, (Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics and Music), was founded by Pierre Boulez in 1977 under the aegis of the Centre Pompidou and the French Ministry of Culture.
IRCAM is one of the world’s largest public research center dedicated to both musical expression and scientific research. It is a unique location where artistic sensibilities collide with scientific and technological innovation. Frank Madlener has directed the institute since 2006. IRCAM's three principal activities — creation, research, transmission — are manifest in IRCAM's Parisian concert season, in the institute's annual festival, AGORA, and in productions throughout France and abroad.