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Free-form

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.

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Diced Events 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.
Djent Game 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.
Entitled Piece One of the least restrictive activities that you might find on this wiki and the to be called "meta-" as new games may appear here spontaneously.
Melody-Go-Round 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!
Two-headed Soloist Two musicians are given the task of jamming over the accompaniment in a specific way. Quite difficult, improv-inspired, insertable game.
Fairy Tale Guide your music with emotions from childhood. Easy first step toward free improvisation.
Trading Fours Battle A game-like spin on the timeless trading fours that has been passed around and used since the early days of be-bop sessions.
The Impersonator 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!
Mood Guessing 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.
This Instrument is Not What it Seems 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.
Stones More than instrument preparation. Not many rules, but an idea: have fun with stones.
Room Score 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!
Event Lists Game Template 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!
Pass-the-sound Hot potato for music. You don't have to play much at once, but you can make something collectively.
3-split Share the spectrum and find creative ways for swapping it's areas.
Follow the Images Wide family of games based on image interpretation. Good usage for inspire cards.
Draw It Yourself First draw it, than play it. The rest is free-form. Playful approach to a milestone experimental invention.
Dice Contract Get out of your comfort zone into the uncertain — this might get awkward.
Nightlife of Machines Shorten your riffs in sync for fun that sounds like prog-rock or minimalism.
Evolution of music The music of this game gradually develops whether you believe it or not.
Movement for Ears Every instrument interprets movement to sounds, a simple idea suitable for large groups.

Well-defined

In this section you can find a sortable list of 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
15 Cards 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. 1 to 5 ? intermediate.png
Stay In Character Pick a Character with specific limited musical skills. Choose your skill paths wisely and experience the creative mysteries of this musical adventure! 1 to 12 10 intermediate.png
Apocalypse Travel the apocalyptic connotations in this free improvisation game. 1 to ? 5 intermediate.png
Travel Routes A musical play with common theme of games - geography. 1 to ? 5 intermediate.png
Musical Tetris 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. 2 to 6 15 intermediate.png
Counterpoint Party One of the few games that works well for just two people. Very good for classically inclined musicians. 2 to 2 2 intermediate.png
Democratic Chord Writing Game about harmony for 2 to 4 musicians with tonal or melodic instruments. Good as a tool for developing creativity in composition. 2 to 5 10 easy.png
Textmusic 3 One of Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsen's chance compositions based on traditional playing cards. 2 to ? 5 intermediate.png
Into the Labyrinth Change aspects of your improvisation to navigate through Dungeon Master's maze. 2 to 10 5 intermediate.png
Perception 4 This game for sustaining instruments is the first entry that uses perception and dexterity tests in the gameplay (not a game based on decisions nor on chance). 2 to 2 3 intermediate.png
Musical Tetris, lvl 1 Easier version of Musical Tetris which can be attempted also by non-musicians. 2 to 8 15 easy.png
Attack of the Rhythm Dancer 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! 3 to 6 10 hard.png
Staircase Simple game for tonal instruments that are able to sustain a note for some time (or at least do tremolo). 3 to ? 4 intermediate.png
CMH-CR135 Scratch Orchestra's hand-cuff rite. 3 to ? 3 intermediate.png
CCQR133 Scratch Orchestra's improvisation rite with a bit of math at the start. 3 to ? 20 hard.png
Sea-game game A game where you play over a piece of modern music. That score surely looks like a game board… 3 to 10 5 intermediate.png
Circle of 5 Set collection game of cards to play music by. Strategizing results in changing musical cues for you and others. 3 to 7 20 intermediate.png
Polyfill Fast composition and an algorithm to apply. The result is a short rhythmic break from improvisation for three people. 3 to 3 10 hard.png
Game Over 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. 4 to ? 20 intermediate.png
Animal Sounds 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!
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Convergent Ostinato Modern composers struggle "between cliché and gibberish". This game is a trip from gibberish to cliché for three or more people. 4 to 4 5 intermediate.png
Conductor's Remote 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! 4 to 7 5 intermediate.png
Hand Piece (With Memory Function) When time comes, will you be able to recall what you were playing? 4 to 10 3 hard.png
Loop Cycle 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. 4 to 10 7 easy.png
Sound Collage Game Board Individually travel around a colorful game board filled with various images and abstract designs that guide players to improvise a sound collage piece. 4 to 10 20 intermediate.png
Mutual Prescriptions series This series deals with music materials, parameters and dimensions and with changing them. 4 to ? 3 intermediate.png
Where Are We? 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. 5 to 20 30 intermediate.png
Winking Murderer: The Musical 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." 5 to 10 5 easy.png
P-S-Rock Two teams, three moods. Musical rock-paper-scissors. 6 to ? 10 intermediate.png
Volume Waves Game based on emergence with unique musical effect and challenging gaming task for any instruments that can play dynamically. 7 to 7 7 easy.png
The Audition 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.
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Agents 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? 7 to 11 10 intermediate.png
MPIR106 Scratch Orchestra's improvisation Rite. Watching, waiting, listening. 10 to ? 15 easy.png
SyndaKit 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. 12 to 12 15 hard.png

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