GRM

Ina's Musical Research Group

Since its founding by Pierre Schaeffer in 1958, the Ina’s Musical Research Group (Ina GRM) has been a unique place for creation, research and conservation in the fields of electroacoustic music and recorded sound.

Since its founding by Pierre Schaeffer in 1958, the Ina’s Musical Research Group (Ina GRM) has been a unique place for creation, research and conservation in the fields of electroacoustic music and recorded sound.

As a response to the expectations of musicians, composers and sound designers Ina GRM has focused on developing a range of innovative tools to treat and represent the sound, today widely recognized: the GRM Tools and the Acousmographe.

Major composers of the XXth century have worked in GRM and contributed to develop the ideas and trends of contemporary music. Figures like Pierre Henry, Luc Ferrari, Iannis Xenakis, Bernard Parmegiani, François-Bernard Mâche, Ivo Malec, Guy Reibel, Michel Chion, François Bayle (director of the GRM for more than 30 years, and more recently Denis Dufour, Yann Geslin, Christian Zanési (its actual artistic director), Daniel Teruggi (director), François Donato, Évelyne Gayou, Diego Losa; have all contributed in the exploration of music using technology. More than 280 composers have composed more than 1700 works to constitute a unique collection of works, many of them accessible on CD or online.

GRM has always accompanied new and major technological evolutions, particularly as computers emerged, but also to conceive new systems to project sound into space thanksto an exceptional tool used for concerts, the Acousmonium. These last few years, Ina GRM has concentrated on analysis and putting electroacoustic music on-line for universities and schools.

As part of the National Audiovisual Institute (Ina) since 1975, the Musical ResearchGroup has been at the forefront of the electronic and electroacoustic musical scenes, thus reviving its historical repertoire whilst conducting an ambitious scheme of musical creation. Because it is essential to involve the public in this scheme, the concerts organised by the Ina GRM as part of the Multiphonies and PRESENCES électronique festivals also provide a space for discovery and exchange.