The Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) is a world leading research institution dedicated to sound and music technology and its creative applications. Located in the center of Paris, it is associated with the Centre Pompidou, under the aegis of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Founded by composer and conductor Pierre Boulez in 1977 IRCAM’s research and development department is the host of the STMS Lab (Science and Technology of Music and Sound) supported by the CNRS and UPMC (Université Pierre et Marie Curie – Sorbonne Universités). It gathers 110 staff members/PhD students and hosts about 40 short-term collaborators each year. The lab addresses research in the scientific fields of acoustics, digital audio signal processing, auditory perception and cognition, computer science (artificial intelligence, real-time systems, man-machine interfaces, languages, databases) and musicology.
IRCAM has played a pioneering role in the international music information retrieval community since its emergence at the end of the 1990s, it coordinated the first related EU projects (FP5 CUIDAD and CUIDADO, FP6 SemanticHifi) and hosted the first European edition of the International Society for Music Information Retrieval Conference (ISMIR) in 2002. Furthermore the institute is involved in creative applications for its own production activity where 30 artistic works are produced yearly, based on latest technology and performed in various venues and during the yearly ManiFeste festival. More broadly, IRCAM has leading positions for tech transfer in advanced algorithms for audio processing, with several dozen licenses with major actors of the music, sound production and audiovisual industry.
With its comprehensive expertise in music technology and its creative applications, IRCAM will be in charge of coordinating research for automatic music indexing and software development for sound synthesis and reproduction in ABC_DJ.