Max Summer School in Geidai 2022


  • 2022/8/6

    Max Summer School 2022 has ended

    Information for the next and subsequent events will be announced at
    Videos of presentations and concert are available here

  • 2022/7/18

    Announcing programs of evening sessions and concerts

    For details, please refer following pages. Anyone can watch this program.
    Evening session: /schedule/presentation/
    Concert: /schedule/concert/

  • 2022/5/13

    Credit cards are now accepted for payment

    Plese see here for information on how to apply.

  • 2022/5/13

    Max Summer School 2020 is announced at IRCAM Forum

  • 2022/5/12

    Special offers for participants

    Thanks to MI7IRCAM Forum, we are going to provide participants with 20% discount to purchase Max from MI7, and 50% discount for the IRCAM Forum Membership.

  • 2022/5/7

    Merch giveaway

    Thanks to Cycling '74, we will be able to give presents to the participants. A lottery will be held on the final day.

  • 2022/4/25

    The website has been released.

    See the detail of the workshops here

Outline of the event

"Max Summer School in Geidai" is celebrating its 5th time this year. The theme is "Max and Gesture", and at the same time, we will once again reconsider the new possibilities of Max. Gestures here include body movements, as well as sensors and interfaces (devices) for recognizing them. Unlike traditional musical instruments, it refers to the development of new musical instruments by oneself, or the one in which the human body becomes a musical instrument, which triggers to sound or images with Max. It is also very important to process the input data with Max.

At the workshop, very beginner, beginner, intermediate, and advanced lectures will be prepared, and the goal is to thoroughly learn Max according to the level of each participant. In addition to technical explanations, what can be done with Max, what kind of performance can be done by combining the above-mentioned gestures with Max, what kind of sound can be generated, etc. (real-time sound generation, images, utilization in installations, etc.) is also aimed at mastering the knowledge.

The workshop will be divided into four levels: very beginner (for those who are new to Max), beginner (for learners at the first half of the tutorial), intermediate (for those who have completed the tutorial level), and advanced. In each lecture, based on the actual examples prepared for this workshop, we will proceed in the form of a tutorial to learn while actually doing programming work on the computer that each person brought. Also, as with last year, we plan to create an environment where you can review and learn applications while asking tutors individually at Discord.

We are planning to hold a Max Summer School face-to-face and online at the Senju Campus of Tokyo University of the Arts this year as well.

Overview of the theme "Max and Gesture"

In this year, Max Summer School will be held with world-renowned artist, Atau Tanaka. Atau Tanaka is a Japanese-American and currently teaches at Goldsmith University in London. Atau Tanaka is performing herself using an electromyographic sensor, a sensor that recognizes muscle movement and force ( Atau Tanaka will be attending online from London.

One of the lecturers, Suguru Goto at Tokyo University of the Arts, has also created many works that use sensors. In the case of Suguru Goto, he developed something like a robot suit with sensors attached to every part of the dancer's body ( Suguru Goto will teach face-to-face.

By developing such a new musical instrument, it will be a clue to guide new performances, installations, experiments, and research. Max plays an important role. Data from sensors, Arduino and Kinect can be processed efficiently and easily with Max. Furthermore, it also expresses the data as sound and images.

There have been no workshops anywhere in the world where you can share information such as what you can do with Max and gestures, and what you can do with it. There will be a lot of exciting content.

About Max

Max (Max / MSP / Jitter) is a program development environment with a graphical interface. Originally developed for composing (computer) music, it has come to be used in real-time acoustic synthesis and interactive systems for performance due to its ease of use. It is also widely used in media art works using multimedia, images, and the Internet.

Max was developed at IRCAM, a research institute and studio for music in Paris, France, and is currently sold by Cycling '74 in California. In Japan, MI7 Japan is the agency.


Tokyo University of the Arts Max Summer School Executive Committee


August 1st (Monday) -August 5th (Friday), 2022

10: 00-18: 00 (Meet at 9:00 on the first day)

  • August 1st-August 4th, 2022


  • August 5th


See the schedule

Tokyo University of the Arts, Senju Campus, Hall 7, and Online


Atau Tanaka (Goldsmith University), Suguru Goto (Tokyo University of the Arts), Hideaki Isobe (Tokyo College of Music), Masatsune Yoshio (Showa University of Music)

See bio here
Bringing equipment

PC with Cycling '74 Max (demo version is also available) installed

Participation fee

27,000 yen

Application for participation

Application period

May 17, 2022 ~ Sunday, June 19


75 people

Every year, the capacity will be reached as soon as the application starts. If you would like to participate, we recommend that you make an application as soon as possible.

  • About the content of the course

    Max Summer School Executive Committee

  • About application

    Tokyo University of the Arts Senju Campus Office
    TEL: 050-5525-2727 (Weekdays 9: 00-17: 00 Closed on weekends and holidays)
    e-mail:*When making inquiries, please contact (1) the name of the applicant, (2) the name of the course you wish to attend (Max Summer School), (3) the content, and (4) the contact information of the applicant.


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  • ircam forum

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Max Summer School Executive Committee

  • Yamato Akiyama
  • Takahiro Hayashida
  • Gaku Kiishi
  • Ryo Simon
  • Haruka Ota
  • Mirai Fujimoto
  • Fumi Sano