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Neutral Music Academy

A series of online workshops to discover music inside you Beta Coming soon

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?

Upcoming

The programmes are coming soon. I will put you on the waiting list by sending the application form.

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Agenda

P = Fixed programme that require "Matsu" subscription
I = One-to-one facilitation or work
E = Events that are open to all NMC member

  • Basically each programme and work happen every week.
  • You can choose which one to attend.
  • The community, programmes and works are in English and Japanese separately.
  • P1
    60 mins
    Indoors
    Think

  • What is "music"?
  • What is "to play" music?
  • What are "musical instruments"?
  • What are "songs"?
  • What is "sheet music"?
  • Look for the border between "sound" and "music"
  • Know yourself
  • Why you are interested or involved in "music"
  • What you want to do and what you need
  • P2
    60 mins
    Indoors
    Know About Sound I

    Learn the nature of sound using your voice.

  • What sound is
  • Why sound decays
  • Frequency — Pitch of sound
  • Speed of sound
  • Reflection — Reverberation in a bathroom, mountains
  • Flutter Echo
  • Diffraction
  • Refraction
  • Sympathetic resonance
  • Spectrogram — The ingredients of Sound
  • Masking
  • Karman vortex
  • Doppler effect
  • Cymatics — A pattern of sound
  • Sonicboom
  • Anechoic chamber
  • P3
    60 mins
    Indoors
    Know About Sound II

    Learn the nature of human bodies from sound perspective using your voice.

  • How we hear
  • Why we have two ears
  • How we voice
  • Hearing range and speaking range
  • The mosquito
  • Aging and hearing sense
  • Noise
  • Bone conduction
  • Reticular Activating System(RAS)
  • Cocktail party effect
  • Missing fundamental
  • Music for unborn babies
  • Perfect pitch / relative pitch
  • Colored hearing synesthesia / phonopsia
  • Sound and our action
  • Sound and video
  • Danger of sound
  • P4
    60 mins
    Indoors
    Analog & Digital Audio Processing I

  • Sampling rate & bit depth
  • Computers
  • Audio interfaces
  • Loudspeakers / headphones
  • Microphones
  • Mixers
  • Cables / plugs
  • Stands
  • Power supply
  • Digital audio workstations
  • MIDI
  • Plugins and effects
  • File formats
  • P5
    60 mins
    Indoors
    Analog & Digital Audio Processing II

  • Monitoring
  • Studio recording
  • Field recording
  • Mixing
  • Online platforms
  • Licences
  • P6
    60 mins
    In & Outdoors
    Open Your Ears

    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:

  • Is there any change or anything in common with the previous place?
  • Is there any change when you close your eyes?
  • How would you explain the soundscape?
  • How would you describe the soundscape as a drawing?
  • Moving sound / Stopping sound
  • Natural sound / Artificial sound
  • The closest sound / The farthest sound
  • The loudest sound / The quietest sound
  • A sound unique to here
  • A sound unique to this country
  • The most impressive sound
  • Which sound do you need / not?
  • Which sound do you want to leave / remove?
  • Your favorite sound /
  • Single sound / Continuous sound
  • Guess sound in the past / in the future
  • P7
    60 mins
    Indoors
    Learn How to Make Sound I

    Know how to make sound through learning structures of traditional instruments from all over the world.

    P8
    60 mins
    Indoors
    Learn How to Make Sound II

    Learn audio programming to make virtual instruments.

    P9
    60 mins
    Indoors
    Make an Instant Song

    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.

    I
    Several days - weeks
    Indoors
    Design Your Own Instrument(s)

    Design your own musical instrument(s).

  • Physical instruments You can order your custom made musical instrument made with 3D printers.
  • Virtual instruments I will help you programming on your computer.
  • P10
    60 mins
    Indoors
    Create Song(s) Together

    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.

    I
    Several days - weeks
    Indoors
    Create Song(s) Individually

    Repeat the same step as the previous programme, individually this time. Invent your own music sheet if necessary, create song(s), and try improvisation.

    E
    approx.
    60 mins
    Indoors
    Online Jam Session

    Any member of NMA can join the online jam sessions organised fortnightly.

    Community

    All members of NMA have access to its online community from your web browser, mobile app or desktop application. There you can:

  • Watch or join programmes P
  • Take one-to-one facilitation I
  • Join events E
  • Keep in touch with other members
  • Post to ask questions, seek for advice or share something
  • Create projects or bands and call for members
  • Who it is For

    Anyone above 10 years old. For example, those who:

  • are interested in playing or creating music
  • think music is too dificult for you to play or create
  • want your own custom made musical instrument
  • want to be a musician
  • are considering music education for your child(ren)
  • gave up learning how to play musical instruments
  • want to brush up or rediscover your musical expression
  • are at deadlock in music
  • have bad chemistry with their music teachers
  • want to learn music as a hobby
  • want to socialise in music
  • 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.

    Fees

    Type of membership Ume Take Matsu
    Price / month (incl. VAT) € 20
    ¥ 2,600
    € 50
    ¥ 6,500
    € 80
    ¥ 10,800
    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
  • Material fees, manufacturing fees and delivery fees will be added if you order custom physical instrument(s) — it depends on how large, what material you use, how long it takes and where to deliver it, etc.
  • What it is For

    The goal of NMA is to:

  • know the spontaneous sense of music inside you;
  • become able to create music (composition and improvisation).

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

    Rules

    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.

    What to Bring

  • Pen
  • Things to take notes
  • P6 Rain gear
  • P6 Camera / recorder
    (Optional. Smartphones do the job)
  • Notes

    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.

    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
  • Apply / Enquiry

    The programmes are coming soon. I will put you on the waiting list by sending the form below.

    Please include the followings:
  • Your full name
  • Desired type of membership (Ume, Take, or Matsu)
  • Desired language (English or Japanese)
  • Name
    Email address
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