Outline of the event

At the 6th "Max Summer School in Geidai" this year, the theme is "Max and AI II" (Max and artificial intelligence 2), and at the same time, we will also introduce RNBO, which was added as a new function. AI here means sound synthesis based on deep learning. It will be very important as a possibility of sound synthesis by Max/MSP in the future. Orchidea ( is a system that automatically orchestrates musical instruments. Many composers around the world have already released creative works using this library.

In the workshop, lectures for very beginner, beginner, intermediate, and advanced are 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 achieved by combining the above AI and Max, or what kind of sound can be created (real-time sound synthesis, images, installations, etc.).

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 level), intermediate (for those who have completed the tutorial level), and advanced. Each lecture is based on actual examples prepared for this workshop, and proceeds in the form of a tutorial where students learn while actually programming on their own computers. In addition, as in previous years, we plan to create an environment on Discord where you can review and learn applications while asking individual questions to the tutors.

This year, the Max Summer School will be held face-to-face and online at the Senju Campus of Tokyo University of the Arts.

Overview of the theme "Max and AI II" (Max and artificial intelligence 2)

This year Max Summer School will invite Philippe Esling at IRCAM. IRCAM is a national research institute located in Paris, France. Max was originally developed there. Philippe Esling ( leads research projects in his ACIDS group at IRCAM. The main focus of his research lies in the characterization and perception of musical synthesis and artificial creativity. In this regard, he is experimenting with deep AI models applied to creative materials, aiming to develop an artificial creative intelligence. The team has produced many innovative instrumental and musical prototypes in collaboration with renowned composers. In particular, Max Summer School he will be demonstrating three of his groundbreaking research prototypes that are available free of charge on Max MSP.

1/ Neurorack // the first deep AI-based eurorack synthesizer
2/ FlowSynth // a learning-based device that allows to travel auditory spaces of synthesizers, simply by moving your hand
3/ RAVE in Raspberry Pi // 48kHz real-time embedded deep synthesis

In other workshops, RNBO (, which has become a hot topic in recent years, will also be introduced. Patches in Max can compile directly to targets such as VST Plug-ins, Max External Objects, Web Applications, and the Raspberry Pi. By using RNBO, it is an epoch-making function that can export the work done in Max in various formats.

Up until now, no workshops have been held anywhere in the world where Max can be used to share information such as what specific methods can be done and what can be done with it. There will be a lot of exciting content. Alternatively, it may be an opportunity for you to become a performer on stage using Max. There is no doubt that you will get new ideas that have never existed before by connecting with 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


July 31 (Monday) -August 4 (Friday), 2023

10: 00-18: 00

  • July 31-August 3, 2022


  • August 4


See the schedule

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


Philippe Esling (IRCAM), 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

JPY 27,000

Application for participation
Application period

May 1, 2023 - June 4, 2023


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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Max Summer School Executive Committee

  • Yamato Akiyama
  • Hiromi Ohnishi
  • Kanji Kuwahara
  • Masaki Ishikawa
  • Takahiro Hayashida
  • Gaku Kiishi