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Invent Music

A Workshop to Discover Music Inside You

Invent Music is a workshop to design your own musical instruments, invent musical sheet, and finally make a song regardless of knowledge, skills in existing music.

Anyone can make sound. But when it comes to music, we tend to think we should buy a musical instrument, learn how to play it, how to read music sheet, how to make music, and play it obeying music theory.

Is it really true? Music classes and music schools tend to focus on "great" musicians in the past, however, Invent Music focuses on you who is here right now. In other words, it means that you can "play music" as long as the sound you make meets your "requirement of music".

To achieve that, Invent Music helps you create your own musical instruments, music sheets, music theory, and play or create music based on them. It is you who decide how you make sound with what kind of musical instrument, how you transcribe music, and what kind of sound you use. Anything such as "right", "wrong", "good", "bad", "professional", "amateur", or “the mainstream” music theory don't exist here.

Invent Music thinks "you already have" and try to help you express what you have. Existing music could be something that is holding music inside you. Invent Music is a way to get rid of that and meet true music that you originally have.

Why not start looking for true music inside you?

This is a simplified version of Neutral Music Academy.

Upcoming

There is no upcoming workshop / lecture. Feel free to send me your request.

What You Do

Part One
30 min
Forget All, Have a Think Again

  • Think What is "music"?
  • Think What is to "perform"?
  • Think What are "musical instruments"?
  • Think What are "songs"?
  • Think What do you need for "song" at a minimum?
  • Work Make a "sound" / Make a sound "musically"
  • Think Do you think this is "sound" or "music"?
  • Think Your tool to cross the border between "sound" and "music"
  • Part Two
    30 min
    Design & Make Your Own "Musical Instrument"

  • Learn how to make sounds from the physical perspective
  • Work Design & Make Your Own "musical instrument" — cut & paste, put them together, whatever you want
  • Work Name the "musical instrument"
  • Work Make some sounds
  • Part Three
    30 min+
    Make a "Song"

  • Work Discuss and invent your own "music sheet"
  • Work Make a "song" together with your own "score" and "musical instrument"
  • Work Concert with your own musical instrument
  • Part Four
    15 min+
    Sharing

    Who it is For

    Anyone above 4 years old who are interested in music. For example,

  • those who haven't started learning music even though they are interested in
  • those who considering music education for your child(ren)
  • those who gave up learning how to play musical instruments before
  • It's for anyone who wants to be actively involved in music whether you are a “musician” or not. You don’t need any skills or experience in existing music at all. Don’t worry, you can make sound that you feel music with zero knowledge.

    What it is For

    The goal of this workshop is to:

  • awaken the spontaneous sense of music inside you;
  • and create music (composition and improvisation).

  • This workshop is designed to achieve the above and based on Neutral Music Concept.

    What to Bring

  • Things to make sound (other than "instruments" which you are okay to share with others)
  • What People Say

    楽しかったです。音楽をかたく思っていたのを、はずしてもらった感じで、自由なんだーと思いニッコリしました。毎日の生活で楽しみが増えました。

    — 14 Jul 2012 Nagoya, Japan
    — 2012/7/14 新栄(名古屋市)
    音楽には遠い生活をしている中で、こうして様々なモノを使って音をつくりだして、人といっしょに音を楽しむという体験は本当に楽しかったです。いつのまにか自分が笑顔になっていて、とても素敵な気持ちとなりました。

    — 27 Oct 2013 Fukuoka, Japan
    — 2013/10/27 糸島(福岡県)
    自分の好きな時に好きな音を出すのがこんなにも楽しいんだなぁと思いました。「音楽」を作ろうとなった2回目の録音の時に、参加者一人一人がお互いの音を聴くことに意識が向かっていて、その感覚が重なった時に、皆で合奏している感じがして、とても楽しかったです。

    — 14 Jul 2012 Nagoya, Japan
    — 2012/7/14 新栄(名古屋市)
    森の中にいるみたい。動物の鳴き声。目を閉じていると音の遠近感がより強く感じられた。「リズム」を知って、明らかに「音楽」ができたと思う。「自分も参加したい」という思いが強くなった。

    — 6 May 2012 Osaka, Japan
    — 2012/5/6 九条(大阪市)
    5分間の音出しの時、最初は自分が思うようにだらだら音を出していたけど、しだいに周りの音を聞くようになって、それに合わせるように音を出している時があった。大きな音で、リズムのある音があったから、それにひっぱられてる感もあって、そう感じたら、また自分だけのリズムになった。→集団での人とのつきあい方も似てるかも?はじめは自分楽しもう!と場に参加して話をするけど、しだいに色んな人の話をきいて、へーって思って、でもそこで終わるんじゃなくて、自分の感じたこととかをまた話し出す。そんな感覚と似ているような気がした。どこで人の音をきくか、自分の音を出すか、帰るか、そういったタイミングの違いがそれぞれあっておもしろいと思った。

    — 23 Jun 2012 Tokyo, Japan
    — 2012/6/23 永福町(東京都)
    Very interesting. I always thought I can't play music even though I've always wanted to.

    — 12 Dec 2014 Wellington, New Zealand
    — 2014/12/12 ウェリントン(ニュージーランド)

    About payment

    Fee Various according to a project
    Additional fees Collaborator
    Credit card: 4.6% of the item price
    PayPal (credit card): 8.7% of the item price
    PayPal (bank transfer): 7.4% of the item price
    Shipping: none
    Participant
    None
    Payment methods Collaborator
    Credit card / PayPal / bank transfer
    Participant
    Credit card / cash
    When to pay The time of workshop
    When to get delivered The time of workshop
    Return / refund Collaborator
    If notified before 24 hours prior to the appointment: refundable
    After 24 hours prior to the appointment: not refundable
    Participant
    Upfront: Various according to a project
    After the workshop has started: not refundable

    I Can Organise It For You

    I accept offers from anywhere in the world as far as I can handle my schedule and fee. It's also possible to alter the contents for special occasions such as educational or therapy programs. Check out the following requirement and feel free to ask me.
    Language
    English / Japanese
    (no interpreter needed)

    Duration
    2 hours
    (Can be shortened or split)

    Capacity
    4 people - No upper limit

    Ages Admitted
    4 years old and over

    Equipments Needed
  • Quiet room
  • Screen (or white wall, white board etc.)
  • Sockets (consuming approx. 400W)
  • Chairs
  • AC (mid summer or winter, depending on climate)
  • Staffs Needed
  • Assistant (guide)
  • Cameraperson (photo)
  • Cameraperson (video)

  • * These don't always have to be separated.

    Fees
    Rough standard (EUR): €90,-* or higher
    Rough standard (JPY): ¥9,000* or higher

    * With participants below 10 and a staff, on "pay what you want" basis above the fee. Could be higher depending on venue fees and travel expenses to the venue.

    Payment Methods
    Credit / Debit Card
    The following credit or debit cards are accepted:
  • Mastercard
  • Visa
  • Maestro
  • Discover
  • American Express
  • Diner's Club
  • PayPal

  • Credit cards
  • Debit cards
  • PayPal balance
  • Bank transfer
  • Bank Transfer

    From Europe
    iDEAL, Sofort or IBAN
    From Japan
    Transfer to Japanese bank account

    Send a Request

    Please include the followings if you know:
  • Venue (city and country or region)
  • Date of workshop
  • Language of workshop
  • Duration of workshop
  • Intended age group
  • Estimated number of participants
  • Your budget
  • Name
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    You Can Organise

    Anyone can organise, modify this lecture/workshop as long as you specify that the deviser is Kazune Koyama. Do not hesitate to contact me if you need any further information. This workshop is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.