Our media library includes a library and a sound media archive. It is intended to provide users with answers on all important questions concerning electro-acoustic music. At the same time our media centre seeks to contribute to artistic and scientific discussion covering the field’s early period (1930) up to contemporary digital music and media arts.


The ICST media library consists of an outstanding sound archive, as well as books and journals covering the following fields: computer music, history of media and related subjects. Furthermore, the library is complemented by a book inventory in the field of sound technology.


Books, journals and DVDs are included in the NEBIS catalogue and marked as "ZHDK-MIZ-MUSIK (Zürich) - Standort ICST".


Sound recordings are listed in the catalogue shared by ICST and the library on Florhofgasse and can be listened to locally.


The ICST media library is a reference library.


Books, journals and other media are to be used in the library. There are two workstations available for catalogue and database research, as well as audio and video playback equipment.



ICST Media Library

Sabine Egli
Phone number: +41 (0)43 446 55 00
E-mail: sabine.egli[AT]
Visits to the library by appointment

Media Archive

The media archive is divided into three parts:


ICST Archives

The ICST Archives include sound documents of electroacoustic music, live-electronics, sound art, as well as contemporary digital music in the neighborhood of Techno, Industrial, Improvisation, New Music and Media Arts. Contact: Sabine Egli


IDEAMA (Internationales Digitales Elektro Akustische Musik Archiv)

In the year 2000 the HMT Zurich acquired the IDEAMA collection. The international digital music archive IDEAMA was initiated in 1988 by Max Matthews, Johannes Goebel und Patte Wood and build by the two institutions ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe) and CCRMA (Stanford University-Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics). Their aim was to prevent the loss of the most important early reports of electro-acoustic music worldwide and to catalogue and make them publically available by transferring them to a digital medium. The collection consists of over 950 works covering the period from 1930 to 1970.


IMEB collection and future prospects

During the roughly thirty years of its existence, the IMEB (Institute de Musique Électroacoustique de Bourges) had formed an extensive archive, which contains (along with illustrations and text material) sound recordings of more than 12000 electro-acoustic compositions. Since 2005 selected parts of this collection were archived and digitalized by the BNF (Bibliothèque Nationale de France). From 2007 onwards, the ICST participated in this project and was responsible for a substantial part of the digitalization and cataloguing process. The accumulated inventories are made publically available by the BNF in Paris and the ZHdK in Zurich.


Contact IDEAMA-/IMEB-Collections:


Lucas Bennett, Phone number: +41(0)43 446 55 00 E-mail: lucas.bennett[AT]

Magazines at the ICST library

Media, Sciences and Music:

AES Journal (Audio Engineering Society)
Computer Music Journal *
Journal of Mathematics and the Arts *
Leonardo Music Journal *
Music Perception
Neue Zeitschrift für Musik
Schweizer Musikzeitung
Wire *

* with online access


Sound Technology

AES Journal (Audio Engineering Society)
Production Partner
Professional Audio Magazin
Sound & Recording
Studiomagazin - Fachzeitschrift für professionelle Audiotechnik