IPEM (Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music) is a research center for musicology in Belgium. IPEM belongs to the Music department, which is part of the larger Department of Art, Music and Theater Studies, at the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy, at Ghent University:




Since 1987, IPEM became a research center for musicology, with a focus on music information retrieval and embodied music cognition. IPEM has meanwhile grown to a center with more than 30 researchers working on music. Based on an elaborate network of international collaboration, the institute is currently an attractive place for visiting researchers from all over the world. In 2007, Prof. dr. M. Leman became laureate of the Methusalem initiative from the Flemish Government (see the EmcoMetecca project at Research Projects).


IPEM was founded in 1963, as a joint venture between the Belgian Radio and Television broadcasting company (BRT) and Ghent University. The idea was to combine audio engineering with music production, thus building a bridge between scientific research and artistic research. The institute was first located in the electronics laboratory of Prof. H. dr. ir. Vuylsteke, but soon after it was associated with the department of musicology, which was lead by Prof. dr. J.L. Broeckx and later on by Prof. dr. H. Sabbe. Together with ir. W. Landrieu, they developed the institute into a music studio and a center for the study of contemporary music. Music production at IPEM was lead by the composers L. De Meester, K. Goeyvaerts and L. Goethals, all employed by the BRT. They realized many compositions and radio transmissions related to contemporary music. Since 1968, research results at IPEM were published in yearbooks. In collaboration with Sonology (then at Utrecht), this resulted in 1972 in an international journal, called Interface - Journal of New Music Research.


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