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Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Original price $275.00 - Original price $275.00
Original price
$275.00 - $275.00
Current price $275.00
UGC 30021V



The Short Ride in a Fast Machine animation is a music education tool that visually explains the internal workings of John Adams’ minimalist orchestral composition. The three music education areas that the animation focuses on are: pulse, ostinato and rhythm. The visual landscape of the Short Ride in a Fast Machine animation was informed and inspired by extensive research carried out by Victor Craven. He incorporates the Hindu Sri Yantra mandala, said to represent the whole of existence. Craven imaginines the Sri Yantra coming to life and representing the driving force and source of power for John Adams’ Fast Machine. A second design element, meant to represent the “machine,” is a stylized spaceship influenced by the overall shape of the orchestra and made from the component parts of the orchestral instruments featured in the work. If Craven’s “machine” recalls images of the spaceship from the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, you are not mistaken.


1. Synchronized Film

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FILM: Victor Craven

About Your License

1. All Product Licenses expire June 15.

2. You may use Show Files for both rehearsal and performance without limitation until the license expires. You may not distribute Show Files to others.

3. Ion Show Files may not be used in replacement of sheet music. 

4. If your product includes an Accompaniment Track you may add an unlimited  Student License for that product for just $6.99. When you place the item in your cart you will be asked if you want to add TEAMS for Muséik on that product. TEAMS for Muséik is an excellent way to provide tempo-flexible performance grade practice tracks for your students' at-home practice.