Currently directed by Frank Madlener, IRCAM, the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music, is one of the world's largest public research centres dedicated to both musical expression and scientific research. is unique location where artistic sensibilities collide with scientific and technological innovation brings together over 160 collaborators.

IRCAM's three principal activities: creation, research, transmission, are visible in IRCAM's Parisian concert season, in productions throughout France and abroad, as well as a new rendezvous created in June 2012, ManiFeste, that combines an international festival with a multidisciplinary academy.

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 (Sciences and Technologies for Music and Sound) research lab, housed by IRCAM, also benefits from the support of the CNRS and the Pierre and Marie Curie University, as well as Inria (team-project MuTant).