Max Summer School in Geidai 2020



"Max Summer School in Geidai" which is the fourth edition, will be held from August 2nd to 6th this year. While thinking about the theme of "exploring new possibilities of Max", we will once again review Max from the past to the present. Max has many functions these days, but can we exchange such information at this year's Max Summer School, including special features that are unknown and new prospects for the future? Can we find the potential hidden in Max like a treasure hunt? Furthermore, can this be an opportunity to think about the future of Max and new ways of using it?

The workshop of the very beginner course is for those who are new to Max, the beginner course is for those who complete the first half of the tutorial, the intermediate course is for those who have completed the tutorial level, and the advanced course is literally for those who have many experiences. In each lecture, which is based on the actual examples prepared for this workshop, we will proceed in the form of a tutorial that you will learn while doing programming on the computer that a participant brings. Also, like last year, we plan to create an environment where one can review and learn applications while working with tutors individually at Discord.

Last year, it was held online due to COVID-19, but this year we are planning to hold a face-to-face Max Summer School at Tokyo University of the Arts, Senju Campus.

Outline of the theme of "exploring new possibilities of Max"

Max recently has many features. In the past, it had only MIDI functionality, and it wasn't even enough to use it for playing music. Nowadays, it is needless to say that the possibilities are endless, depending on the user's ideas, such as composition, performance, video, experiment/research, and installation via the Internet. Now, can we find new ways to use it for works that we have never thought of before?

By reconfirming the possibility that was hidden until now and using it, the efficiency of work may be significantly improved. Also, by making the best use of Node For Max introduced from Max 8, Max may be able to function as a server for work production...? Until now, such workshops have not been held anywhere in the world. There will be a lot of exciting content.

About Max

Max (Max / MSP) is a programming environment with a graphical interface. Originally it is developed for composing (computer) music, and it allows to use for real-time synthesis and interactive systems for performance. It is also widely used in media art works using multimedia, video, and the Internet.

Max was developed at IRCAM, in Paris, France, and is currently available from Cycling '74 in California. In Japan, MI7 is its agency.


Morley Robertson, Masahiro Miwa, Suguru Goto, Motoki Ohkubo


Tokyo University of the Arts Max Summer School Executive Committee

Date and time

Monday, August 2, 2021 to Friday, August 6, 2021
10: 00-18: 00 (We will meet at 9:00 on the first day, August 2 only.)

  • August 2nd to August 5th, 2020


  • August 6



Tokyo University of the Arts, Senju Campus, The 7th Hall


Morley Robertson, Masahiro Miwa (IAMAS), Suguru Goto (Tokyo University of the Arts), Motoki Ohkubo

You need

Please bring your own computer with Cycling’74 Max (demo version is also available) installed.

Participation fee

27,000 yen


Application period

May 1st to June 20th, 2021


Those who can participate the entire period of the course

Maximum participants

50 persons


* 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.

  • Max Summer School Executive Committee

  • Tokyo University of the Arts Senju Campus Office

    TEL: 050-5525-2727 (Weekdays 9: 00-17: 00 Closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)


  • Cycling ’74
  • ircam forum
  • MI7

Past events

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Max Summer School Executive Committee

  • Daichi Akiyama
  • Ludo Takebe
  • Kiyu Nishida
  • Runa Akasako
  • Gaku Kiishi