IRCAM, the Institute for Research and Coordination Acoustic/Music, an organism associated to the Centre Georges Pompidou, is one of the world’s largest public research center dedicated to both musical expression and scientific research. IRCAM is a unique location where artistic sensibilities collide with scientific and technological innovation It is also a music production resource (concerts, CDs, books), and an education place gathering musicians and scientists to work on music and new technologies.

In the realm of music and sound, IRCAM is on the cutting edge of scientific and technological innovations. Research, carried out in partnership with several universities and international companies, covers a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines including acoustics (psychoacoustics, room acoustics, instrumental acoustics), signal processing (sound analysis/synthesis), computer science (languages, real-time, databases, man-machine interfaces) musicology, and auditory cognition. IRCAM's scientific findings are often applied to other artistic domains (multimedia, fine arts, or live performances) as well as to diverse fields in the industrial world such as cultural industries, telecommunications, computer science, and transportation and automotive.