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Event formats

The ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics (IMA) regularly organizes event series and festivals with different focal points.

Event series

Once every quarter, the IMA | experiments series presents current approaches in non-academic experimental electronic music, from ambient to noise.

The IMA | lounge format loosely establishes a bridge between advanced electronic music and club culture.

ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics

​​Lorenzstraße 19
76135 Karlsruhe

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

The monthly workshop discussions in the IMA | lab series provide guest artists with the opportunity to present their current works live to the public. The Produced at IMA concert series presents selected, theamtically grouped archived electronic music produced at the IMA.

IMA Festivals

As part of the Quantensprünge Festival [Quantum Leap Festival], the scholars of the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) present their current work at the ZKM twice a year. With the IEMA, the Frankfurt Ensemble Modern, one of the world’s finest ensembles for contemporary music, offers the next generation of musicians the opportunity to gather important experience, under the supervision of professionals, for their later careers. The ZKM | IMA fulfills its responsibility for the support and presentation of the next generation of musicians, providing a forum for the creation of tomorrow’s music. The format of the event focuses on an encounter with new technologies. In addition to premier performances and current works, the program also features trend-setting compositions in contemporary music.

next_generation, taking place every other year in June, is the largest biennial meeting of university-based electronic music studios. It offers a new generation of composers in the field of electronic music a platform to present their new compositions, and guarantees a representative overview of creative work in the context of technology and art. In addition to concerts, premier shows, and DJ sets, the comprehensive program also includes lectures and round-table talks, which present the most recent positions on the subjects of fixed media, spatial music, and live electronics.

Since 2007, the ZKM | IMA has organized IMATRONIC, Germany's largest festival for electronic music. One of the highlights of the annual festival is the presentation of the Giga-Hertz Award for Electronic Music, jointly awarded by the ZKM and the EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO of the SWR. It is the world’s most highly endowed award for electronic music. Furthermore, taking place within the context of IMATRONIC is the world’s only festival presenting current compositional approaches that combine the piano and electronics: PIANO+. Performed between 2005 and 2014 were works by ninety-six composers, including thirty-one world premieres and four German premieres. A total of sixty-one artists and forty-one sound directors were involved.

Music on the Web

Since 2005, the ZKM | IMA has provided the technology and content-platform for the WebRadio program of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Elektroakustische Musik (DEGEM) (German Society for electro acoustic music). Features, theme-based broadcasts, portraits of composers, and concert recordings are streamed 24/7 in a two-month program tour on: DEGEMWebradio@ZKM.

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