Neutral Music Academy (NMA) is a series of workshops 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, NMA 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, NMA 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.
NMA thinks "you already have" and try to help you express what you have. Existing music could be something that is holding music inside you. NMA 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?
The programmes are coming soon. I will put you on the waiting list by sending the application form.
P = Fixed programme that require "Matsu" subscription
I = One-to-one facilitation or work
E = Events that are open to all NMC member
Learn the nature of sound using your voice.
Learn the nature of human bodies from sound perspective using your voice.
Take a walk outdoors while listening to sound of the place and looking at spectrogram, with worksheets on your hands. You can record any sound during the workshop as samples for your work.
Questions on the worksheets are:
Know how to make sound through learning structures of traditional instruments from all over the world.
Learn audio programming to make virtual instruments.
Make instant song(s) and do jam sessions using your own musical instrument made from things you can find at your home, and your own music sheet drawn on a paper.
Design your own musical instrument(s).
Using your own instrument(s) created on the previous programme and music sheet that you invent if necessary, finally create song(s) in group works. Then try improvisation - make sound together without any arrangements.
Repeat the same step as the previous programme, individually this time. Invent your own music sheet if necessary, create song(s), and try improvisation.
Any member of NMA can join the online jam sessions organised fortnightly.
All members of NMA have access to its online community from your web browser, mobile app or desktop application. There you can:
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.
|Type of membership||Ume||Take||Matsu|
|Price / month (incl. VAT)||€ 20
|Access to the community||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Join events E||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Facilitaton I (questions, counselling)||30 mins / month||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Watch or join programmes P||No||No||Yes|
The goal of NMA is to:
1 Abandon Stereotypes Avoid having any kind of stereotypes or tacit understandings in existing music and try to think again from scratch.
2 No Existing Instruments Avoid bringing something from existing music such as the guitar or the percussion in order to help reset music stereotypes.
3 Learn From Each Other You and other participants don’t always have the same ideas. Take care of ideas, definitions or sense of music that is different from yours and try to learn something from them.
1 On P6, you are going to walk outdoors for hours. Please refrain from joining the workshop if you don't feel well. Make sure you wear warm enough in winter or protect yourself against heatstroke in summer.
2 On P6, never approach any dangerous place such as keep off areas or cliffs. Always be cautious about the situation around you rather than being absorbed in listening to sound or filling in worksheets. Your safety first.
3 Please note that I am not liable for any accident or loss during the workshop.
The programmes are coming soon. I will put you on the waiting list by sending the form below.Please include the followings: