The ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics (IMA) initiates and actively supports composition plans and projects that stand out due to the innovative use of technology and aesthetic curiosity. It is one of the leading production places for electronic music in Europe at the interface of production, mediation and artistic research.
Core of the IMA is the Klangdom (Sound Dome), a spherical setup of 47 loudspeakers that serves the development and reproduction of three-dimensional music. In an international artist-in-residence program the IMA invites composers to realise new works.
In its efforts of introducing young people to advanced electronic music, the IMA organizes numerous mediation projects, and it cooperates with international festivals, renowned institutions and composers, artists and orchestras. It awards the renowned Giga-Hertz-Award for electronic music, honouring outstanding life-time achievements within the genre as well as artistic-innovative projects of younger composers.
The ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics works as a division of the ZKM | Karlsruhe under the direction of Ludger Brümmer.