Games library


Free-form games are highly customisable and can be adjusted to many numbers of players and skill levels, but they will require you to pick exact ruleset yourself.

A fun free improv game that uses dice to control how many people will participate, what kind of atmosphere is to be played, and special ways to use instruments. Diced Events
For Players that play rhythmic music, Conductors that show what to play and also for one drummer responsible for not making the piece too long. Djent Game
One of the least restrictive activities that you might find on this wiki and the first one that might deserve to be called "meta-". Entitled Piece
A great little game for anyone from kids to seasoned musicians! The first player plays something, then the next person plays a variation of that, and it continues until it reaches the leader. A new leader then comes in and continues the fun! Melody-Go-Round
Two musicians are given the task of jamming over the accompaniment in a specific way. Quite difficult, improv-inspired, insertable game. Two-headed Soloist
Guide your music with emotions from childhood. Easy first step toward free improvisation. Fairy Tale
A game-like spin on the timeless trading fours that has been passed around and used since the early days of be-bop sessions. Trading Fours Battle
Impersonate someone. The band interprets your impersonating movements into music. After one minute people try to guess who you were impersonating. Create interesting music and enjoy impersonating to have someone guess who it is. Fun for the whole world! The Impersonator
Everyone thinks of a mood. Keep the moods secret. Improvise together. Everyone playing their own moods. At the end try to guess each other''s moods. Mood Guessing
Secretly think of a musical instrument different than the one you have in your hand. Somehow play your real instrument as if it was the instrument you're thinking of. The audience has to guess the secret instrument. This Instrument is Not What it Seems
More than instrument preparation. Not many rules, but an idea: have fun with stones. Stones
Turn your room into one big graphic score! The conductor points to shapes around the room in a continuous line and the players react to it musically as if they were reading a graphic score. A fun little game for everyone! Room Score
The Lego blocks (or Minecraft) of music games! Improvise by choosing lists while playing. One by one players quit until no players are left. A game that has endless possibilities in gameplay! Event Lists Game Template
Hot potato for music. You don't have to play much at once, but you can make something collectively. Pass-the-sound
Share the spectrum and find creative ways for swapping it's areas. 3-split
Wide family of games based on image interpretation. Good usage for inspire cards. Follow the Images


In this section you can find tested games that are ready to pick up whenever you want to. Some have specific requirements (like time, players, instruments) and all require some discipline to follow the rules.

Players Time(') Lvl Latest
Game about harmony for 2 to 4 musicians. Good as a tool for developing creativity in composition. Democratic Chord Writing 2 to 5 10 easy.png
Game based on emergence with unique musical effect and challenging gaming task for any instruments that can play dynamically. Volume Waves 7 to 7 7 easy.png
Choose an animal. Play an interpretation of it. Others try to guess what it is!
A simple, but an extremely fun game that can be enjoyed by everyone from kids to adults!
Animal Sounds
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Quick solo improvised performances are auditioned to create 3 duo sets. The duos compete against each other to win the best performance.
All conducted within a seamless stretch of music.
The Audition
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Scratch Orchestra's improvisation Rite. Watching, waiting, listening. MPIR106 10 to ? 15 easy.png
A great game that is easy to teach and play. One player improvises some kind or repeated loop. One by one other players join, adding to the loop. The last player gets to do whatever he wants. Round 2 repeats the process starting with a different player. Loop Cycle 4 to 10 7 easy.png
Someone in the group is a murderer. When he wink's at the improvisers, they die (stop playing). But a detective is also at work, investigating, and ready to catch the Winking Murderer. Will he catch him in time, or will the bad guy prevail? A fast-paced, yet extremely fun music game. Based on the traditional kids game "The Winking Murderer." Winking Murderer: The Musical 5 to 10 5 easy.png
Like in Tetris players must carefully fit sound between other sounds that drop into a pre-planned number of measures. No overlapping! Quick game that requires focus, tight rhythm and a bit of musicianship. Musical Tetris 2 to 6 15 intermediate.png
One of the few games that works well for just two people. Very good for classically inclined musicians. Counterpoint Party 2 to 2 2 intermediate.png
15 index cards with various images on them are ordered to create a narrative. Players then go through the cards musically improvising what they see. 15 Cards 1 to 5 ? intermediate.png
Very rich game that is perfect for workshops. With it's many variants it can be adjusted to work with children or even with semi- or professional musicians. Game Over 4 to ? 20 intermediate.png
Create a sound environment from a chosen location while a listener sits in the middle blindfolded and listens. The listener must guess what location is aurally being created. Where Are We? 5 to 20 30 intermediate.png
Two teams, three moods. Musical rock-paper-scissors. P-S-Rock 6 to ? 10 intermediate.png
Modern composers struggle "between cliché and gibberish". This game is a trip from gibberish to cliché for three or more people. Convergent Ostinato 4 to 4 5 intermediate.png
Simple game for tonal instruments that are able to sustain a note for some time (or at least do tremolo). Staircase 3 to 9 4 intermediate.png
A conductor sets gestures to control musical aspects such as dynamics and tempo of a small playing ensemble. Styles can be pre-set, or improvised. Lots of chaotic fun! Conductor's Remote 4 to 7 5 intermediate.png
Similar to leveling up RPG game style characters, but for music improvisation!
Each player picks a different Character with specific limited musical skills. At certain times throughout the game every player can level up their skills opening up new musical possibilities. There are also Chance Cards and Soundpainting! What kind of character will you be? Choose your skill paths wisely and experience the creative mysteries of this musical adventure!
Stay In Character
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Scratch Orchestra's hand-cuff rite. CMH-CR135 3 to ? 3 intermediate.png
Decide if someone's music suits your picture or, if you are an Agent, try to say what two sounds don't suit together. What's easier? Agents 7 to 11 10 intermediate.png
A game where you play over a piece of modern music. That score surely looks like a game board… Sea-game game 3 to 10 5 intermediate.png
Individually travel around a colorful game board filled with various images and abstract designs that guide players to improvise a sound collage piece. Sound Collage Game Board 4 to 10 20 intermediate.png
This series deals with music materials, parameters and dimensions and with changing them. Mutual Prescriptions series 4 to ? 3 intermediate.png
One of Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen's chance compositions based on traditional playing cards. Textmusic 3 2 to ? 5 intermediate.png
Change aspects of your improvisation to navigate through Dungeon Master's maze. Into the Labyrinth 2 to 10 5 intermediate.png
Travel the apocalyptic connotations in this free improvisation game. Apocalypse 1 to ? 5 intermediate.png
Set collection game of cards to play music by. Circle of 5 3 to 5 20 intermediate.png
An algorithmic piece with 144 cores on 12 separate sheets divided among 12 players. The cores are run through a set of rules creating an ever-changing organic flux of sound. SyndaKit 12 to 12 15 hard.png
Surrounded by improvising Musicians sits The Prize. The Dancer has 2 minutes to reach it and win, but she also has a Weakness that will kill her. Will she make it on time? The Musicians play a Weakness to attack The Dancer, but only one attack is not enough... Explore the mysteries of The Dancer, The Musicians, The Prize, and The Weakness! Attack of the Rhythm Dancer 3 to 6 10 hard.png
When time comes, will you be able to recall what you were playing? Hand Piece (With Memory Function) 4 to 10 3 hard.png
Scratch Orchestra's improvisation rite with a bit of math at the start. CCQR133 3 to ? 20 hard.png

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