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Sound Academy

A Hands-on Lecture on Sound
For education etc.

Sound Academy is a lecture to learn sound from A to Z by experience with using your voice.

Do you know what sound is, what your voice looks like, or how to use microphones or speakers? If you don't, visit Sound Academy.

It's for anyone above 10 years old who have no knowledge about sound at all, and there is nothing difficult to understand - we use videos, audios and your voice as much as possible to help you learn.

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What You Learn

Part One
60 min
What is Sound?

  • Hands-on Straining Your Ears
  • What is Sound?
  • Why sound decays?
  • Hands-on Low Tones and High Tones ...The cause of bothersome neighbourhoods
  • Speed of Sound ...The reason for the sound delay of fireworks
  • Hands-on Reflection ...Reverberation in a bathroom, mountains
  • Hands-on Flutter Echo ...The reason for hearing strange sound when clapping hands
  • Diffraction
  • Refraction ...The reason for hearing distant sound at night
  • Hands-on Sympathetic Resonance
  • Hands-on The ingredients of Sound ..."Seeing" our voice
  • Hands-on Masking ...The reason for difficulty when talking in a train or bus
  • Karman Vortex ...The reason for hearing the howling of wind and skipping rope
  • Doppler Effect ...The sound of an ambulance
  • Cymatics ...A sound pattern
  • Sonicboom ...Thunder
  • Anechoic Chamber
  • Part Two
    60 min
    Sound and Human Beings

  • How we hear
  • Why do we have two ears?
  • How we voice
  • Hands-on Hearing Range and Speaking Range
  • Hands-on The Mosquito ...Only young people can hear it
  • Hands-on Aging and Hearing Sense
  • Noise
  • Hands-on Bone Conduction
  • Hands-on Cocktail Party Effect
  • Hands-on Missing Fundamental ...hearing sound that doesn't exist
  • Does music have a good effect on an unborn baby?
  • Perfect Pitch / Relative Pitch
  • Colored Hearing Synesthesia / Phonopsia
  • Hands-on How sound and video affects each other
  • Loudness: Danger of Sound
  • Part Three
    60 min
    Technologies on Sound

  • The Structure of Speakers
  • Headphones
  • Aging
  • Stereophonic, Monaural, Surround, etc.
  • Directivity
  • LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device)
  • The Structure of Microphones
  • Handling Acoustic Devices
  • Hands-on Howling
  • Noise Cancelling
  • Hands-on Compressor / Limiter
  • Hands-on Pitch Shifter
  • Part Four
    20 min+
    Questions and Answers

    Got any questions? I'll answer those to the extent I know.

    What People Say

    面白かったし楽しかったです。なかなかこういうものが少ないので、良い経験になりました!動画や実演などであきさせない工夫が多数あり、熱意を感じた。

    Translated It was so much fun and nice to have such an unique experience. A variety of videos and practices help make it fascinating.

    — 15 Sep 2012 Nagoya, Japan
    ”音”って普段触れているけれど、案外考えていなかったり、気付けてないものが沢山あるんだなって。楽しかったです!!

    Translated Realised that I didn't care about sound although it's always there in my daily life. It was fun!

    — 7 Jul 2012 Nagoya, Japan
    中学の理科とかで音の波についてちらりと勉強したことはあったけれど、「音」についてもっと深く知る機会は今まで全くなかったので、どれもとても興味深く聞けました。

    Translated I studied something about soundwave in the science class, but this is the first experience to study it further, so everything was very interesting to me.

    — 24 Aug 2012 Kumamoto, Japan
    音について様々な角度から知ることができました。体験が多く、わかりやすかったです。日常の音を例にしたものが多かったので、身近で感じていたソボクな疑問を解消できました。

    Translated Lots of hands-on experiences and examples from the daily life helped me understand how sound works from various aspects.

    — 10 Aug 2012 Nagoya, Japan
    身近すぎる、当たり前にある音についていろいろな角度からとらえたり、考えたりできて楽しかったです。音を「視覚化」した部分もとてもおもしろかった。これからの日常のいろいろで「おっ」と思うことが少し増えるかなぁと思うと、ちょっと嬉しいです。ありがとうございました。

    Translated So interesting to know deeper about sound which is too common and familiar to turn my attention to. "visualising" the sound was also nice. Now I'm happy about being able to tell what is happening around me.

    — 10 Aug 2012 Nagoya, Japan
    ラジオで喋る者として、源である”音”について知りたかったので参加しました。深いなという思いが、今一番感じていること。音も楽しむという観点で、もっとラジオを楽しくしていきたいなと感じました。

    Translated As a radio presenter, I am here since I wanted to have a good knowledge of sound. Profound - is a word in my mind now. I am motivated to make my radio program entertaining from a perspective of sound.

    — 10 Aug 2012 Nagoya, Japan
    今日は音を知ることから、人間の体の不思議とすごさを知りました。体の機能がもっとシンプルだったり、危険を察知する必要のない世界だったら、目や耳は1つだったかもしれないし、もっと危険な状況だったら、また別の体の仕組みができていたかもしれないと思うとおもしろかったです。

    Translated Today I learned the marvels of human body through knowing the nature of sound. It's interesting to imagine that our eyes and ears could have been just one each if our bodies were simpler or there were less danger for human beings, and on the other hand, some other system could have been in our bodies if there were more danger.

    — 23 Nov 2012 Nagoya, Japan

    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

    Duration
    3 hours
    (Can be shortened or split)

    Capacity
    4 people - No upper limit

    Ages Admitted
    10 years old and over

    What to Bring
  • Something to take notes
  • Equipments Needed
  • Quiet room
  • Screen (or white wall, white board etc.)
  • Sockets (consuming approx. 400W)
  • Chairs
  • AC (mid summer or winter, depending on the weather)
  • Staffs Needed
  • Assistant (guide)
  • Cameraperson (photo)
  • Cameraperson (video)

  • * These can also be served by the same person.

    Organising Fees
    For corporation / organisations
    From €450,-*
    From ¥56,000*
    For individuals / non-profits
    From €90,-*
    From ¥11,500*
    * fees will be reduced when the workshop is shortened or split
    * expenses for travel and accommodation may be added

    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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    Press Kit

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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 lecture is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.