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ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics

The goal of the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics (IMA) is to provide new impulses to electronic music through its activities in research and development. For this reason, guest artists are regularly invited to work at the institute and develop new works on site. The ZKM | IMA hereby acts as work, production, and performance space. The results of the artistic work are regularly made accessible to an interested public in performances, publications, and editions.
In addition to live electronics, one of the institute’s main focuses is acousmatic music – which is composed for presentation via loudspeakers either in combination with acoustic instruments or not.

ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics

​Lorenzstraße 19
76135 Karlsruhe

Tel: +49 (0) 721-8100/1600
E-Mail: music@zkm.de

In this case, the computer as a device with programmable and thus changeable attributes is combined with new interfaces to serve as a flexible and open (musical) instrument. At the ZKM | IMA, investigated in addition to acousmatic music are modern thematic fields, such as sound art, noise, live electronics, 3D-sound, and sound environments, psycho-acoustics, and audio-visuality in addition to the connection of sound and the movement of the human body.

The theme of spatial sound is also an important focus of the ZKM | IMA. When electronic music began using space, new aesthetic possibilities arose, culminating in the simulation and implementation of acoustic environments. The developments of the ZKM | IMA team, for example, the Sound Dome and the spatial sound control software Zirkonium, have contributed to advances in this field.

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