The opening credits to Cowboy Bebop are like the best improvised jazz: it may seem spontaneous, but close analysis reveals powerful structure and intelligence underneath. While improv jazz is inherently free-form, the best improv jazz still uses structure and a few rules to make sure it sounds like music instead of meandering nonsense.
There's a lot of stuff going on in this 1:30 opening, and it's best to break it down by time segments for analysis. OK, 3...2...1, let's jam:
0:00 - 0:13: The brass-driven opening fanfare is frantic and matched with a visual cacophony of text that can never be read...
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