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Audio and MIDI tracks combined > Jitterbug Jump - Pg. 136

Creating illusions ­ a big band radio jingle 136 Figure 8.1. jittter.lso Titled `Jitterbug Jump' this is a 29 second `sting,' composed in a 1940s big band swing style and originally intended for use as library music. It's very similar to Jack's tune! Jitterbug Jump This version has in fact been heavily edited from around five minutes to 30 seconds to achieve a punchy fast moving soundtrack suitable for the role of background music to a radio jingle or similar use. This editing requires a great deal of savagery on the part of the composer. It's no good being precious about one's art in a commercial world. Things have to go. In this case it was four and a half minutes of music including a tenor saxophone jazz chorus. The Marker track indicates the construction. Note Intro A B C This was reduced from four bars to two. The main tune, carried by trumpets, backed by riffing saxes and wailing trombones and reduced from 16 bars to eight. The bridge, eight bars long and carried by saxophones survives intact! A huge cut to a coda and ending. By moving quickly from one section to another within a 30 second framework, the listener's attention is kept throughout. Of course it all gets shoved in the background behind somebody talking anyway, and that's another reason to not get too intense about cutting things out. From top to bottom we have two audio tracks, 11 MIDI tracks and three drum tracks. The first track contains two alto saxophones and the second, two tenor saxophones. You may be wondering if I used two players on each track. I did not. Neither did I play two saxophones at once! `Jitterbug Jump' was originally recorded on a 16 track analog tape machine and each saxophone had its own track. To save unnecessary overload on my computer CPU (and yours) I doubled them up while transferring them across to Logic.