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  • John Adams Short Ride in a Fast Machine
  • EXPERIENCE Listen to John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine 0 – 60 in five seconds! Exhilarating! Short Ride.ppt O. K. I’m awake now I am ready to be launched into space The title is so perfect – I feel like I’m entering the Earth’s atmosphere or something These are all comments from You Tube users who have listened to and watched the short films inspired by this piece of music
  • EXPLORE
  • EXPLORE John Adams (b. 1947) is an American ‘Minimalist’ composer
  • EXPLORE John Adams (b. 1947) is an American ‘Minimalist’ composer Minimalism was conceived in America and it relates to the Minimalist movement in art and architecture from the same period
  • EXPLORE John Adams (b. 1947) is an American ‘Minimalist’ composer Minimalism was conceived in America and it relates to the Minimalist movement in art and architecture from the same period In all things minimalistic, less is definitely more
  • This is an example of Minimalist art by the American artist Donald Judd
  • And this is an example of Japanese Minimalist architecture This is an example of Minimalist art by the American artist Donald Judd
  • Minimalist music was first described in an American Arts Journal like this: The idea of minimalism is much larger than most people realise. It includes, by definition, any music that works with limited or minimal materials: pieces that use only a few notes, pieces that use only a few words of text, or pieces written for very limited instruments, such as antique cymbals, bicycle wheels, or whiskey glasses. It includes pieces that sustain one basic electronic rumble for a long time. It includes pieces made exclusively from recordings of rivers and streams. It includes pieces that move in endless circles. It includes pieces that set up an unmoving wall of saxophone sound. It includes pieces that take a very long time to move gradually from one kind of music to another kind. It includes pieces that permit all possible pitches, as long as they fall between C and D. It includes pieces that slow the tempo down to two or three notes per minute.
  • Short Ride in a Fast Machine has all the hallmarks of Minimalist music
  • Short Ride in a Fast Machine has all the hallmarks of Minimalist music Repetition, a steady pulse and very simple and stable harmonies
  • Short Ride in a Fast Machine has all the hallmarks of Minimalist music Repetition, a steady pulse and very simple and stable harmonies The woodblock provides a constant steady beat of repeated crochets throughout the entire piece
  • Short Ride in a Fast Machine has all the hallmarks of Minimalist music Repetition, a steady pulse and very simple and stable harmonies The woodblock provides a constant steady beat of repeated crochets throughout the entire piece There are also fairly constant quavers played by various sections of the orchestra
  • Short Ride in a Fast Machine has all the hallmarks of Minimalist music Repetition, a steady pulse and very simple and stable harmonies The woodblock provides a constant steady beat of repeated crochets throughout the entire piece There are also fairly constant quavers played by various sections of the orchestra John Adams himself said that he sees the rest of the orchestra as running the gauntlet through that rhythmic tunnel
  • Short Ride in a Fast Machine has all the hallmarks of Minimalist music Repetition, a steady pulse and very simple and stable harmonies The woodblock provides a constant steady beat of repeated crochets throughout the entire piece There are also fairly constant quavers played by various sections of the orchestra John Adams himself said that he sees the rest of the orchestra as running the gauntlet through that rhythmic tunnel He also says about the title: ‘You know how it is when someone asks you to ride in a terrific sports car, and then you wish you hadn’t?’
  • RESPOND
  • RESPOND Look up Short Ride in a Fast Machine on You Tube and you will find at least six videos that have been created to complement the music.
  • RESPOND Look up Short Ride in a Fast Machine on You Tube and you will find at least six videos that have been created to complement the music. Watch a few of them and choose the one that you like the best.
  • RESPOND Look up Short Ride in a Fast Machine on You Tube and you will find at least six videos that have been created to complement the music. Watch a few of them and choose the one that you like the best. Why do you like it? How does it complement the music?
  • EXPERIENCE Watch the short film where John Poulter, Assistant Principal Percussion in the RSNO, talks about the role of the percussion section in the orchestra, particularly in a piece like Short Ride in a Fast Machine
  • RESPOND
  • RESPOND Here are the opening four bars to another Minimalist piece called Glassworks by American Composer Philip Glass:
  • RESPOND Here are the opening four bars to another Minimalist piece called Glassworks by American Composer Philip Glass:
  • RESPOND Here are the opening four bars to another Minimalist piece called Glassworks by American Composer Philip Glass: Working in a group, play these bars on your instrument. What can you do to extend the music? Remember that repetition is good in this music! How could you change the intensity? Think about adding different instruments, dynamics, modulation and adding untuned percussion.