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Neutral Music Concept
A way to show true creativity in music

Neutral Music Concept (NMC) is a concept proposed by Kazune Koyama for show true creativity in music by designing musical instruments and notation system without categorising ourselves into anything such as “musicians”, “listeners”, “professional”, “amateur”, “good”, “bad”, “right”, or “wrong”. Regardless of existing rules, skills, knowledge and experience in music, it enables us to be actively involved in music by eliminating stereotypes and rebuilding what is really needed for music. In short, we are trying to reproduce situations when even the word "music" didn't exist. It means you don't need any knowledge or experience on music. It's for everyone.

In NMC, we think of music as two types: "tangible music" and "intangible music". Tangible music is a form of music that is (traditionally) inherited, which means there are concepts such as "good", "bad", "right" or "wrong", or music pieces, musical instruments, notation system, or music theory. On the other hand, such things do not exist in intangible music since it does not belong to any music culture (neutral).

Today, in the Western countries or Japan, people are more or less affected by tangible music. NMC creates a new isolated domain for less effect from tangible music as much as possible, which is intangible music.

Human beings have inherited an enormous amount of music culture, however, points of view such as "good" or "bad", or frameworks such as music pieces, musical instruments, notation system or music theories have also been naturally inherited at the same time. Although that might have helped "purifying" music cultures, people's true creativity might also have been limited in some way. NMC aims at rediscovering the spontaneous and forgotten sense of music by inheriting tangible music.

NMC is not against existing music ecosystem, but on the contrary you can apply what you learned in NMC to existing music, and even beyond that.

Neutral Music Academy and its simplified workshop Invent Music, private lessons by Kazune Koyama are based on this concept.

Who it is For

This concept is intended for those who are involved in music education and anyone in the field is able to adopt or interpret in a different way.

There is no age limit for those who participate lessons, classes or workshops that adopted this concept.

Principle

Under this concept, we focus on creating music ourselves and how we express ourselves in music in order to take a new perspective.

1 Do Not Evaluate

Nothing will be evaluated such as "right", "wrong", "good", "bad", "role model", or "talented" in order to focus on your own (latent) sense of music.

Technique skillful / improvement / success
Nothing will be evaluated from "technical" perspective.

Quality good / high quality / decent / masterpiece / real thing / bad
Nothing will be evaluated towards music or performer from "quality" perspective.

Orthodoxy correct / mistake / wrong
Spontaneous sense of music, definition, perspective are placed above everything and nothing will be evaluated from "orthodox" perspective.

Exemplarity role model / must-listen / must-know / must-avoid
No "role-model" exists and only "reference" are presented.

Talent talented / ordinary
Nothing will be evaluated from "talent" perspective.

Level best / eminent / leading / great / beginner / elementary / basic
Nothing will be evaluated from "level" perspective.

Artistry artistic / not artistic
Nothing will be evaluated from "artistry" perspective.

Framework royal road / common sense / tacit understanding
Nothing will be evaluated from framework perspective.

Miscellaneous wonderful

2 Do Not Teach

For the same purpose, Nobody will ever "teach" anything but instead provide some information that might useful for you, and also help you express yourself. 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.

3 Create Everything Ourselves

We will never use existing musical instruments such as piano or guitar, existing notation system or music pieces that someone else wrote, but instead create your own musical instruments, notation system and finally create songs using them.